After last months split...
Daniel Melia

10:33 13th June 2006

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The decision for Panic! At The Disco to split with former bassist Brent Wilson seems not to be so amicable after all with muck being thrown in all directions.

When the band announced the split in May they said it was a tough decision but that both sides were still friends, not so it turns out.

Speaking to MTV Wilson fumed: "I was kicked out of the band. It was 100 percent a surprise to me. We were about to leave for a show in California, and they called me the night before and told me I was out of the band. The only reason they gave was that it was for 'musical purposes.'”

“Everything was good and fine, we had just gotten back from a tour in Europe, and there had been no previous conversations about anyone leaving the band. I don't know why they chose me."

He added: "It was done as a phone call and the only person who spoke was (drummer) Spencer (Smith). Apparently (front man) Brendon (Urie) and Ryan were on the speakerphone too, but they didn't say a word. They never even said they were sorry."

Not that the remaining members of P!ATD see it that way, in response to Wilson’s accusations they retorted to MTV with the following statement from Spencer Smith.

"We made the decision based on Brent's lack of responsibility and the fact that he wasn't progressing musically with the band. Brent did not write any of his bass parts on the record. Brent did not record one note of bass on the record.”

“Brendon and Ryan wrote all of the bass parts and Brendon recorded all of the bass parts. We had to simplify some of the bass parts that were recorded because Brent could not play them live.”

It went on: "Our record would've sounded absolutely the same even if Brent wasn't in the band during the writing or recording process. These are all things that only a few people know, and we were fine with that. Stating these things would only make Brent look bad and we had no intention of doing that."

Wilson also contends that part of the reason he was sacked was because of money with the band about to go on a lucrative North American tour.

"We were about to start a tour where the band would've been bringing home around $300,000, or something like $50,000 apiece, and basically they kicked me out, so the question about money goes through my head a lot," he said.

"And I believe it. Brendan and Ryan can both play multiple instruments and Spencer handles a lot of the business, so that sort of leaves me as the odd person out."

Smith dismissed this saying that the band would just about break even on the tour after paying for the expenses of guest performer and expensive stage props.

Smith closed the statement by saying: "With all of this being said, we hope we can move past this and continue to grow as a band. We would like to thank every single person who has supported us for the past few weeks and look forward to seeing you all in the near future."

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