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Panic At the Disco's Urie and Smith Tell Fans Band Is "Alive and Well"

July 8, 2009 10:03 AM ET

A day after Panic at the Disco's Ryan Ross and Jon Walker announced on MySpace that they were leaving the band, Panic's two remaining members, frontman Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith, calmed fans' fears by saying the group will carry on and not cancel their upcoming tour dates. "Panic At The Disco is alive and very very well. We are working on new songs that we are excited for you to hear," the remaining Panic pair wrote on MySpace. "Our dates with Blink-182 and No Doubt start in a little less than a month, and we wouldn't miss those for the world."

"We just wanted to let you know, that the news of Ryan and Jon leaving the band is unfortunately true. It's been an amazing journey being in a band with them, but sometimes individual tastes take friends in different directions and you can't ignore it," Panic wrote, echoing Ross and Walker's statements that creative differences fueled their exit from the group. "They are some of the most talented guys we know, and we're sure that whatever they do next will be great. We know everybody has a lot of questions at this point with everything being so out of the blue, most of those should be answered in the coming weeks. We appreciate every one of you, and hope you continue with us on this incredible ride."

Urie and Smith concluded their post by teasing fans with a pair of cryptic statements: "Pay attention we have a surprise in store for you" and "PS we were cleaning out the practice space and you'll never guess what we found!" Thus far, guesses for what the band found range from two new members to Panic's previously deleted exclamation point. According to Spencer Smith's Twitter, Panic were in the studio yesterday toiling on two new songs (Twitpic proof), then wrapped a hard day of work by playing Mortal Kombat II.

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