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Panic At The Disco Enjoying Rock Band Live Life

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2008

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Co-headlining the Rock Band Live Tour has its perks — like a full “Rock Band” video game rig set up in Panic at the Disco’s dressing room.

“They made it possible for us to play with kids online,” says frontman Brendon Urie, 21, “so I thought that was pretty cool. I spent about an hour and a half just doing that.”

And, Urie acknowledges, he mostly came up on the losing end. “I wish playing guitar in real life made you qualified for the game, but it really doesn’t,” he says with a laugh. “It’s kind of crazy, but it’s a lot of fun.”

Like many of its compatriots, the Las Vegas quartet has benefited from the new music-oriented video game world; “Nine in the Afternoon,” the first single from Panic’s sophomore album, “Pretty. Odd.,” was featured in the inaugural edition of the game, while another, “He’s a Handsome Man,” was available as a download. Urie says it seems as reasonable a way to distribute new music as more conventional outlets such as radio and video channels.

“We grew up with video games,” he says. “It’s definitely another medium for bands, along with things like downloads and ringtones. Games like (“Rock Band”) just put music out there and kids can play along to it. That blows my mind.”

But, Urie adds, its impact on the music itself is minimal — especially as Panic prepares material for its third album, which the group hopes to have out in the spring or early summer of 2009.

“I think for us, as a band, we’re always going to try to write the music that’s fun for us at the time, and whatever we’re most interested in,” Urie explains. “Then, after that, whatever mediums there are for us to use to get our music out there, we’re gonna try to use them.

“It just makes it easier for us to share our music with as many people as possible, which is the ultimate goal of this band.”

Rock Band Live with Panic at the Disco, Dashboard Confessional, Plain White T’s and CAB plays at 7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 23) at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt St., Ypsilanti. Tickets are $29.95-39.95. Call (734) 487-2282 or visit www.emich.edu.

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