It has been a jam-packed week for Panic! At The Disco.
After releasing their sixth studio album Pray for the Wicked on June 22 and launching a human rights organization Highest Hopes Foundation, the rock group stopped by the Today plaza this morning (June 29) to perform some their new and old tracks for fans.
Kicking things f old school with the 2006 breakout single “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” the group played Pray For the Wicked hits “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” and “High Hopes” to close out the performance.
In between, lead singer Brendon Urie talked to Today hosts Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist about the new album, and the unplanned way in which the album came together. “I had just finished a stint at Broadway, and when I got home I planned to relax and take the rest the year f, and just spend some family time. My heart, my inspiration and my brain did not want to do that, so my second day into my sabbatical I just started working and came up with this album,” Urie said.
Guthrie and Geist also congratulated the band on their new foundation, which Urie hopes “is more inclusive, rather than shaming or shunning” for those in the LGBTQ community. As part the foundation, Urie announced a $1 million donation to GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) to help fund student-led GSAs — gender & sexuality/gay-straight alliances — in schools.
Check out the interview and fan videos from the show below.