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Wednesday
Aug152018

Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie "never cared about labels" 

ABC/Fred LeeWhen Panic! at the Disco released their debut album A Fever You Can't Sweat Out in 2005, the band was lumped in with the "emo" scene. Thirteen years and five albums later, including this year's Pray for the Wicked, Panic! has been subjected to all kinds of genre labels, and frontman Brendon Urie doesn't care about any of them.

"We've never cared about labels that people threw at us: whether it was 'emo,' or 'pop-punk,' or 'whiney rock,' or whatever the hell it was," Urie tells Kerrang!. "I feel like any artist wants to just create music without having to line up with a certain category, and it's very cool to not have to hold to one genre."

That rejection of labels and a pursuit of your own path is what Urie thinks makes a "rock star" nowadays.

"That's the better definition of a rock star: you do what you want, but you don't step on people to do what you want," hes says. "Creatively you do what you want, and I think there is a very big difference."

"Donald Trump does what he wants, but he’s a f***ing a**hole -- he's encroaching on people's rights," Urie continues. "So if you're not doing that, and you're not doing any harm to people, and you're just creating for you, then definitely do what you want -- why not?"

Urie and Panic! are currently touring the U.S. behind Pray for the Wicked. The outing continues Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

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