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Ask a Rock Star: Panic at the Disco

February 28, 2008 2:04 PM ET

Panic at the Disco stopped by Rolling Stone last week, and we bombarded them with questions sent in by you, the readers, to see what makes this young quartet tick. Click above for the band's favorite Beatles songs, what they sing in the shower and what inspired the tracks on their upcoming album Pretty.Odd.

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