Biographic by Steve McGarry for October 22, 2006
Having heard Panic! At the Disco's demos online, Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, signed the band to his Decaydance label, an impact of Fueled by Ramen, even though the Las Vegas, teens had never once performed in public! The group's debut album "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" was released in 2005. The single "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" became a huge hit, thanks to no small part to the circus-themed video, which quickly became one of the internet's most popular. The group's rise to fame was truly meteoric but with success came internal friction. The band parted company with bassist Brent Wilson in May 2006, triggering in a flurry of accusations and hostilities. His place was taken by Jon Walker. A sold-out European trek was followed by heading North American tour. "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" was certified platinum and the band beat out the likes of Christina Aguilera to win the MTV video of the year awarded for "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" in a little more than 12 months, Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith and Jon Walker have rocketed from obscurity to stadium-packing superstardom!