Just a few days before the new year is set to begin, Panic! at the Disco has revealed that they will be down a member in 2018. On Wednesday (Dec. 27) longtime bassist Dallon Weekes formally announced his departure from the Las Vegas-founded act. Taking to Instagram, the musician announced his exit from the band after eight years.
“For the last eight years, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to perform in Panic! at the Disco,” Weekes wrote in an Instagram post. “While I’m sad to announce that my time with Panic! has come to an end, I’m excited to continue making music with my new project, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me.”
Weekes joined Panic! at the Disco as a touring member in 2009 and in 2010 officially became a full-time member. Weekes went on to perform on Panic! at the Disco’s fourth studio album Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! before returning to a touring musician position in 2015. To read Weekes’ full departure announcement, head on over to his Instagram profile here.
A few months ago, Weekes launched a side project named I Don’t Know How But They Found Me with former Falling in Reverse drummer Ryan Seaman. As said in his departure post, it looks like Weekes’ main focus will now be on I Don’t Know How But They Found Me. For now, you can stream IDKHBTFM’s first single “Choke” here.
As for Panic! at the Disco, the band released a new Christmas song titled “Feels Like Christmas” just in time for the holiday. The week before that, the group released their second live album, All My Friends We’re Glorious.