Panic! At the Disco have axed the exclamation mark on their stage name, a rep for the band said. The rock act that now want to be acknowledged as simply Panic at the Disco, confirmed the alteration and explained why during the launch of their sprawling 45 date Honda Civic Tour in Torrance, California.
Telling MTV News, guitarist Ryan Ross said, "At least for me, it got a little bit annoying to try to write that every time you're typing the name. It was never part of the name to us. ... People started writing it, and then it ended up in more and more things like that, so there it was. When we started doing new promo stuff for this album, we just told everyone not to use it anymore."
The band have just announced the details of their new album which will be titled 'Pretty. Odd.'. The record, which is their sophomore effort, will be dropped March 25 via Decaydance/Fueled by Ramen and preceded by a single called 'Nine in the Afternoon' which will go to digital release on January 29.
Adding to the reason why they chopped the punctuation mark, frontman Brendon Urie said, "We wrote it that way once, when we first started the band, and then ... people kept writing it that way, and it was a freakin' whirlwind. We never made a big deal out of pulling it off the name. ... I mean, every time I write (our name), I never put an exclamation point in there."
They will kick off the Honda Civic Tour on April 10 in San Francisco and wind it down June 14 in Anaheim, California. Supporting acts will be provided by Motion City Soundtrack, The Hush Sound and another act which will be announced soon.