At the 2011 Big Ass Show, Panic at the Disco performed, but lead singer Brendon Urie wasn’t there.
He was sick. With malaria. And a fever he couldn’t sweat out.
"It was like I was on the Oregon Trail, with dysentery," joked Urie recently. "I had a temperature of 105 degrees. I was so mad I had to miss it."
At the time, the band had just returned from Indonesia, and Urie caught a bug that sidelined him for days. But, in a gesture of good will, the rest of the band showed up, and singers on the rest of the bill filled in for Urie, including Neon Trees’ Tyler Glenn, King Niko’s Ransom Wydner, and Brogan Kelby (who is on the bill again this year).
On Wednesday, Urie assured The Tribune that he was 100-percent healthy, aided by a workout regimen that he has instituted recently to keep the band’s heart rates at a reasonable level.
The band will release its fourth album, "Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!" in October, with a title borrowed from a quote from Hunter S. Thompson’s "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Vegas, the band’s hometown, is the focus of much of the new album, said Urie, who wrote songs for it in both Vegas and Los Angeles. The band has a love-hate relationship with Las Vegas, with some memories of being too young to play the town’s many music venues when the band started out. "We were angry and bitter," Urie said. Now, time has most of the wounds, and when Urie thinks of Vegas, he says he thinks "home."
This fall, Panic at the Disco will open for Fall Out Boy’s "Save Rock and Roll" reunion tour, for it was Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz who was an early supporter of the band — so much so that Wentz had the band sign to his Fueled by Ramen imprint label Decaydance Records.
X96 Big Ass Show
With • Panic at the Disco, Ed Kowalczyk (formerly of Live), The Airborne Toxic Event, Blue October, Capital Cities, Family of the Year, Pepper, The Dear Hunter, Brogan Kelby, Codi Jordan Band, Solarsuit
When • Saturday, Aug. 24, at 1 p.m.
Where • Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St., Salt Lake City
Tickets • $25 in advance, $30 day of, at SmithsTix
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