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The middle school and high school years can be a time where one discovers their taste in music.
Aided by the creation of the MP3 player, pre-teens nationwide took part in the ritualized ingestion of modern pop music.
Bands like My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco and others were just rebellious enough for the teenage mentality to latch onto.
Where have our favorite formerly popular musicians from the pop, punk and rock ‘n’ roll genres ended up?
Panic! at the Disco, a pop/punk/alternative rock band from Las Vegas, is one of the bands that most current-day college students listened to for years.
Their hit song “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” released April 27, 2006, kick-started their musical career, leading to thousands of new fans and becoming their only top 40 song in the U.S. The song reached No. 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
Many die-hard fans, however, are worried that Panic! may be running the risk of closing the door on their own career after losing and replacing band members.
After firing bassist and founding member Brent Wilson and replacing him with Jon Walker, Panic! released their second album, “Pretty. Odd.” shortly after they lost Walker and significant songwriter Ryan Ross. This brought the band down to two members.
Panic! at the Disco is still going strong, having just released the album “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!” Oct. 8.
Though percussion artist Spencer Smith left tour for drug and alcohol rehabilitation, Panic! at the Disco is currently working with Fall Out Boy on the “Save Rock and Roll” tour.
Fall Out Boy, a pop/punk band that broke onto the scene in 2001 and eventually became well-known for top hits “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down,” “Dance, Dance” and “Thanks fr the Mmrs,” has also had its fair share of difficulty.
The band announced that they would be going on an “indefinite hiatus” in 2009, wishing to pursue their individual musical interests.
This left fans bitter and wanting more.
The group announced their comeback Feb. 4, 2013, with a new album (and tour) “Save Rock and Roll,” which has been getting much attention.
Other bands, however, have not been so lucky in overcoming their difficulties.
My Chemical Romance, for example, an alternative rock and emo band that had teenagers across the country dancing and screaming along to the lyrics of “Welcome To The Black Parade” and “Teenagers,” left fans broken-hearted with their official break-up announcement on March 22, 2013.
Before they broke up, they released four studio albums, two live albums and a compilation album by which fans can remember them.
Based on where these bands currently are, career-wise, it seems that even the bands we used to love grow up.
If the 20-somethings of today are ever feeling melancholy about where their lives have ended up, a little bit of musical nostalgia can always take them back to that time they thought painting their fingernails would be a good idea.