Given all that Panic! At the Disco has been through recently, it would be understandable for them to, well, panic.
Half the band split to form The Young Veins, leaving original members -- singer Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith -- to figure out their new roles and chart a course for the future. Their recent, well-crafted Top 10 album, "Vices & Virtues" (Fueled by Ramen), along with a string of well-received tours, has them steady again. Even a health scare for Urie, who was hospitalized with a high fever and a possible case of malaria, didn't ruffle them.
"We're getting into the groove of things," said Smith, calling from a tour stop in New Orleans.
First off, how's Brendon?
He's fully recovered. It was just a bad flu, but they couldn't rule out malaria because we had just been in Indonesia. We learned a lot more about malaria than we ever wanted to.
Are you happy with how "Vices & Virtues" was received by fans?
We were pleasantly surprised. ... It's always kind of a bummer when guys leave a band you like. We're glad people were willing to listen to what came next. ... We knew we had an opportunity to do exactly what we wanted to. Now was the time to change, because it would be understandable for the fans. It was an opportunity that we didn't want to waste. So we did what we wanted to do, and we're happy with how it turned out.
Exclusive subscription offer
Newsday covers the stories that matter most to Long Islanders. We dig deep to uncover the facts, hold the powerful in check and keep a watchful eye on Long Island.
Your digital subscription, starting at $1, supports local journalism vital to the community.SUBSCRIBE NOW
Are there any surprises you're planning on the current tour?
The songs are pretty similar to how they are on the album, but we are at the point in the tour when we start getting tired of playing them the same ways.... One day, we just decided to start doing "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" by The Darkness because we love that band and really love doing that song. ... We really enjoy doing covers and now we put five songs on our website for each show for our fans to vote on, and the winner gets played. ... The first time we did Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" was not our best effort. But we've got them all down now.