Brendon Urie Teases New Panic! At The Disco Album ‘Pray for the Wicked’

May 12, 2018

Megan Holiday and Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco (Photo: Lester Cohen / Getty Images for KROQ)


By Scott T. Sterling

With a brand new Panic! at the Disco album, Pray for the Wicked, set for release at the end of next month, frontman Brendon Urie played it coy about what fans should expect from the upcoming full-length.

“There’s all new songs,” he joked during an interview with Megan Holiday backstage at the 26th Annual KROQ Weenie Roast.

“I’m talking about everything in the last couple years, and also from my childhood,” he explained about the record. “There’s a song called ‘Hey Look Ma, I Made It,’ and it’s basically like, ‘hey ma, look, you thought I was going to be a starving musician. Look ma, I made it. I’m a hooker who sells songs, and my pimp is a record label.’ So it’s very tongue-in-cheek, but it’s not dishonest.”

When asked about the album’s title, Urie was a bit more pragmatic: “That’s just how I feel,” he said. “I was going to call it Fame is the Thirst of Youth, which is a Lord Byron quote. But I thought how pretentious of me. It became Pray for the Wicked because I grew up religious, and that imagery has followed me from that time. I can’t deny it,” he added, before breaking into a verse from Tupac Shakur’s 1996 rap classic, “Ambitionz Az a Ridah.”

Fans can hear exactly what Urie is talking about when Pray for the Wicked drops on June 22.