“I will do a dog film, a Marley and Me but opposite, where I save all the dogs.”
Whether you've been a fan since the A Fever You Can't Sweat Out days lining up for shows in 2005, or more recently jamming to Death of a Bachelor for the past few years, Panic! at the Disco and Brendon Urie's angelic voice have undoubtedly been a non-stop staple on your playlist. And lucky for us, he's back with more, as Panic! at the Disco's sixth studio album Pray for the Wicked will finally be in our hands on June 22.
In celebration of this sure-to-be-incredible next era, Brendon stopped by to hangout with some insanely cute and fluffy rescue pups while answering all of your fan questions — and he truly did not disappoint.
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Would you ever consider doing another Broadway show, and what would your dream role be?
Brendon Urie: Absolutely. I was raised in the Mormon faith, so I would love to be an Elder Price [from The Book of Mormon], that would be great. The only problem is I have a full sleeve of tattoos, and most missionaries are in short sleeves. So, we’ll see. Makeup!
BU: Well, if it involves dogs, absolutely. I will do a dog film, a Marley and Me but opposite, where I save all the dogs. That’s what happens.
If you could have one Panic! At The Disco lyric tattooed, what would it be and where would you put it?
BU: Oh geez, that’s a tough one. I would just put “Close the goddamn door” and just right across my ass, you know what I mean?
BU: Not really, which I was nervous for. I was flattered, that they would give me the part, but I was very nervous for it. Basically I had DB Bonds who flew out to LA — he’s the Associate Director for Kinky Boots. He flew out for two days, we did an hour each day of just reading through the script, talking about motivations; that was pretty much it. We had about a week of rehearsal teaching me the dance moves, putting my heels on, and then it was showtime. And my put-in rehearsal I dropped a glass on stage and it shattered, and my heart shattered. Hopefully that was the worst of it! No, I would continue to fuck up every night. But it was fun! It was fun.
If you could choose one or two bands to go on tour with, who would they be and why?
BU: I’m just a massive Kendrick fan, Kendrick Lamar. That would be dope, just let me open, I’ll do five minutes of stand-up, I’ll sell your merch, whatever bro — let me hang.
BU: Yeah! The first time I got recognized for not being in Panic!, I went to a movie, I stepped out, and these two really sweet girls came up and said, “Hey, are you that guy from Vine?” And it took me a second, it was the first time I was asked, and I was like, “Oh yeah, yeah I am! Yes I am.” And they started singing this coffee one that I had done. So that was very cool, thank you, uh, I think her name was Jessie? Thank you!
What is your plan for the future of Panic! At The Disco after this album?
BU: I don’t know! I’ve talked about doing weird stuff, like, after the broadway thing, building a show like that, taking it on the road. Not necessarily with an album, but just kinda building the idea of a show — it wouldn’t just be an album. I don’t know, there’s something there!
BU: No, we never did. But we listened to a lot of bands that were considered emo, so, yeah, we were never offended by it. It’s like if you wanted to call us emo, yeah, all good!
What is the new album’s over-all genre?
BU: Every song is different, I love doing that. They’re kind of all over the place, you know, there’s one that feels like you’re in a club but it sounds like you’re at a Hot Topic — I don’t know, if Hot Topic were a club I guess.
BU: Right now I like “Church,” that one’s great. [sings] I get on my knees! Great lyric.
What were some titles for this new album that you thought about but didn’t end up going with?
BU: I was gonna call it like, a Lord Byron quote, which I thought was really nice. It was, “Fame is the thirst of youth,” which I thought was a really cool quote. But yeah, it’s Pray for the Wicked, I just thought that tied in everything actually that I was talking about.
BU: I got a voodoo doll. Which usually you would keep the voodoo doll, but they gave it to me, of myself. So you know, if ever I feel — what is that called? “Self flagellating,” in a way, [then] I’ll just poke the doll.
BU: Very good question! I used to take medication, then I stopped taking it. Just came to a realization that I didn’t wanna go there. So then I adopted the art of breathing, breathing exercises. And it really ended up helping me a lot more than I thought it would, which is pretty great. So, thanks for that question — I know performing can be very anxiety-driven.
I am dying to know how the performances differed between a Panic! At The Disco concert and appearing as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots on Broadway?
BU: Very different! I’ll say the biggest difference is at a Panic! show luckily the fans, you guys, are louder than me sometimes and you save me in moments where I might forget a lyric or a voice crack happens. But in Kinky Boots, you’re up there, and spotlight’s on you — if you mess up, everybody hears it. You’re under a microscope. And that was very exciting.
BU: No, not at all! Pete was very cool, he was in LA making his record with FOB, and I remember walking up and being like, wow, this guy looks like a rock star. And then we went back to the practice space and played some stuff. Yeah, I didn’t know what was gonna come of meeting Pete and getting signed and all that stuff, so, yeah, it’s just gotten better over time. He’s my big brother.
Which person that you’ve met do you think has had the biggest influence on how you want to be seen, just generally as a person?
BU: Wow, that’s a deep question. I’m a believer in the butterfly effect, right — so if I, you know, everybody I come in contact with has an influence on something that will happen in the future for me.
I got to meet President Obama and the First Lady — Michelle and Barack, man, that was crazy. Waiting in line I was so anxious, and we stepped in, me and my wife, and watching her meet them first I was just, this is actually happening, this is crazy. Very tall, very beautiful people. Shook my hand and I just kind of shuddered a little bit and I just said, “You are, you’re just great, and I’m a big admirer of yours, and just thank you.” And he said, “That’s a very snappy suit!” I thought it was great.
BU: Again, I grew up in the Mormon church, and it was just kind of a little juxtaposed to what I was taught, that I was a sinner, I’m no good, I’m not good enough for heaven. So I just think it’s ironic, it’s funny.
Would you ever consider writing another song with Fall Out Boy?
BU: Absolutely, I love those guys. I love Fall Out Boy, they’re my homies. They’ve always been really inclusive, like including me in all their stuff, they’re just big brothers.
BU: First time I met her, she was not single. And there was definitely a chemistry there. But I knew that she was down and very cool because I made her a lunchable, with a Capri Sun, and she was totally down. It was like, fancy to her. It’s like hor dourves. It’s like a canapes. It was great.
BU: I haven’t seen it yet! I’m going to very soon. I was very flattered, a fan had tweeted me a synopsis of all the mentions of Panic! I remember getting the email like a year and a half ago, we had talked about it, and we signed off. It was under a different name, I can’t remember. But I was like, “Yeah! This sounds like a really cool story.” And then sure enough it ends up in the movie and like, that’s the coolest thing, that’s like, you know, the biggest compliment to receive. Especially a movie like that, that’s so forward-thinking. I love it.
What is the last thing you do before going on stage and the first thing you do coming off stage?
BU: Last thing I do before going on stage, I watch the band hit the stage. I walk out, it’s usually just a rush of emotion. But right before that, we do our pre-show shot to kill the hyper-awareness. We had done a whiskey shot and it just made us all grumpy, so we realized whiskey wasn’t — no brown liquor before the show! So we do one shot of tequila. And then right when we come off, my favorite way to come off the stage is an Elvis exit, which means you just go from stage right into a van, right to the hotel, into the shower, and pass out. That’s the best.
BU: Ab-so-lutely! That would be a blast, are you kidding! I would love to be a contestant on there too. Yeah, we’ll figure something out. I just would love to be in drag.
Panic! at the Disco’s new album Pray for the Wicked is out June 22, and you can check out their new single “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” right now!
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