August 7, 2013


Spencer Smith Temporarily Exits Panic! at the Disco Due to Ongoing Addiction

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Timothy Hiatt/WireImage

After recently revealing his struggles with prescription drugs and alcohol, Panic! at the Disco drummer Spencer Smith is temporarily leaving the band to continue treating his ongoing battle with addiction. 

Today on the band's website, lead singer Brendon Urie announced that Smith "needs more time to take care of himself." He continued, "I can't expect him to be fighting addiction one minute and be fully immersed in a national tour the next. 

"With all that said, the tour will continue without Spencer while he is away getting the help he needs. Thank you all for your support and kind words."

Panic! at the Disco are on tour in the U.S. and Europe through November. In Smith's absence, Urie becomes the only remaining original member of Panic!, following founding guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker's exit in 2009 to form the Young Veins.