Brendon Urie Goes Solo in Panic! at the Disco's "This Is Gospel" Video
Panic! at the Disco just released the music video for "This Is Gospel," from the Las Vegas band's upcoming album Too Weird to Love, Too Rare to Die!—and frontman Brendon Urie is the only band member featured in the clip. In fact, Panic! is starting to look like Urie's solo act.
The band's founding lineup was severed in 2009, when guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker exited to form the Young Veins, leaving Urie and drummer Spencer Smith to forge ahead. Following the announcement of Panic!'s comeback album, however, Smith revealed his years-long struggle with addiction, and just weeks later he temporarily left the band to continue dealing with his issues.
"I can't expect him to be fighting addiction one minute and be fully immersed in a national tour the next," Urie wrote on the band's blog.
Smith has been absent from all Panic! promo materials behind the new album. After "Miss Jackson," the music video for "This Is Gospel" becomes the second from the LP to star only Urie. He's also the sole member on the Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! album cover art.
Solo aspirations or not, Panic! at the Disco can't be detoured. The band is on the road throughout the U.S. and the U.K. through November.