okay i'm a new panic fan so i don't really know anything about the drama™ // split etc, or what happened between the band members. can you break it down for me? or point me to a post which does that? also it seems that a lot of people actually think ryan and brendon were in a relationship for real?? and not just the usual shipping of band members thats in every fandom - why's that??
1. I’m honored you felt I am a capable enough of a person to ask such an important question
2. I just typed out a wonderful answer and I changed apps for a second and tumblr mobile deleted it so here I go again:
Welcome to the Panic! fandom!! I myself have only been around since like last August
Now I’ll set a scene: 3 teenage boys, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith and Brent Wilson are starting a band and they need a guitarist! Brent brings in his pal Brendon Urie, and they realize his voice is A++ so Ryan promotes him to lead singer, but remains as the main songwriter and general band-leader himself. The boys get discovered (thanks to Ryan) and they blow up quickly. They also quickly realize Brent is a shit band member and he is fired (by a group phone call where Brendon did most of the talking). So they’re on the hunt for a new bassist and they bring in Jon Walker who they met while on tour with The Academy Is… when he was a guitar technician for them. The Golden Four have been created!
AFYSCO comes and goes and the boys head back to work on their next album. Now Ryan has gained more confidence vocally and he wants to sing more, and Brendon wants to contribute more lyrically, and the two have a hard time compromising on this. They do somewhat, which is how we got I Have Friends in Holy Spaces and Folkin’ Around (written by Brendon) and how we got Behind the Sea, She Had the World, and Mad as Rabbits (Ryan’s vocal debut on an album). All seems fine and dandy as they release Pretty. Odd. and take it on tour, where they seem like a wonderfully united front. Unfortunately things must not have been so great because come 2009, the boys are seen together less, now split in their infamous pairs of Ryan and Jon, Brendon and Spencer. Rumors fly until the split is officially announced. ‘Musical differences’ cited as the reason. Ryan and Jon run off to create The Young Veins, while Brendon and Spencer add the exclamation point back to Panic!’s name and keep running with it. They add Dallon Weekes for a brief time as a songwriter, but eventually he is demoted and Spencer leaves to deal with his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, both of these things happening around/shortly after the release of TWTLTRTD. That’s what got us to the Brendon! Show, but let’s not talk about my feelings about that right now.
As far as Ryden is concerned, the relationship between the two is honestly baffling, and it’s kind of hard to brush off some of the things that fall together in their timeline.
I’ve already typed so much, so instead of going into even more painful detail, I’m going to suggest browsing through the ryden tag, looking at Ryan’s Myrtle Beach livejournal, and checking out other blogs. Or maybe even ask me on another day, because these are both huge topics that I could talk about for ages but I don’t want to annoy people too much.
I didn’t even get to cover some of the juiciest Panic! drama, there’s still so much more to know but I hope this helped some anyways :-) thanks again for asking this was a grand opportunity!!