“If I didn’t talk about it, it would drive me crazy” -  Brendon Urie on subject of “Miss Jackson”

July 18, 2013 by Philip Obenschain

“If I didn’t talk about it, it would drive me crazy” -  Brendon Urie on subject of “Miss Jackson”

Panic! At The Disco recently premiered their new single and accompanying music video, "Miss Jackson," along with news of a new album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!, due out Oct. 8 via Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen, and a string of headlining tour dates.

Frontman Brendon Urie got more in depth about the subject of the group's new single, as well as the general theme of Too Weird...in a a recent interview with MTV.

On Panic!'s hometown of Las Vegas lending inspiration to the group's new album, which borrows its title from Hunter S. Thompson's classic novel, Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas:

"As is the case with most things in Las Vegas, there's a dark undercurrent running beneath those good times, and Too Rare To Die! definitely delves into those depths — 'There's some glitz, some glamor, but there's also the dingy, old Vegas side to the music.'"

On the band's new single, "Miss Jackson," which is apparently about a real person:

"''Miss Jackson' is about something that actually happened to me when I was younger. I hadn't really talked about it, and I felt that if I didn't, I would keep thinking about it, it would drive me crazy,' Urie said. 'When I was younger, I would mess around; I'd sleep with one girl one night, sleep with her friend the next night, and not care about how they felt, or how I made them feel. And then it happened to me and I realized 'Wow, that's what that feels like? I feel really sh---y.''"

And on Urie's prominent placement in new promo materials, and in the "Miss Jackson" video:

"'I love being the center of attention, I'm shameless about it. And being the lead singer, everyone thought it made sense, for me to be front and center,' Urie said. 'It felt right, since I was so close to these songs, but everything is great [within the band].'"

Check out the full interview here, the group's U.S. headlining dates below, European dates here, and their fall arena tour dates, opening for Fall Out Boy, here.

Aug 1 - The 92.9 Concert at Copley - Boston, MA
Aug 3 - The Piazza at Schmidt's - Philadelphia, PA
Aug 4 - Jewish Mother - Norfolk, VA
Aug 5 - Canal Club - Richmond, VA
Aug 7 - 12th & Porter - Nashville, TN
Aug 9 - Jack Rabbits - Jacksonville, FL
Aug 10 - Jannus Live - Tampa, FL
Aug 12 - 20th Century Theatre - Cincinnati, OH
Aug 13 - Firebird - St. Louis, MO
Aug 14 - Radio Radio - Indianapolis, IN
Aug 17 - Main Street Armory (94.1 The Zone's Bonzai) - Rochester, NY
Aug 19 - B-Ryders - Bakersfield, CA
Aug 20 - Velvet Jones - Santa Barbara, CA
Aug 21 - The New Starline - Fresno, CA
Aug 22 - Alley - Reno, CA
Aug 24 - Gallivan Center - Salt Lake City, UT

And watch Panic!'s new video for "Miss Jackson" below:

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