Last night Panic! at the Disco played its first gig since wrapping up promo for 2016’s No. 1 album Death of a Bachelor, and many figured the surprise show would include new music. That unfortunately wasn’t the case, though the pop-rockers did unveil something different, in the form of a new touring member.
Her name’s Nicole Row, and she’s a seasoned live bassist with more than a little in common with frontman Brendon Urie and the rest of the band. She’s replacing touring bassist Dallon Weekes, who amicably left the band last December. So the role she’s filling won’t extend to full-time duties (that’s just Urie for now) but you’ll get to see her whenever the band plays live. And if you’ve been following the news lately, there figure to be plenty of opportunities for that this year.
Row broke the news with a few posts to social media just before last night’s club gig at Cleveland’s Grog Shop (h/t to Alternative Press):
So you don’t get a gig touring arenas with Panic! at the Disco just by posting some bass vids to YouTube (though she does have some of those!) Row has played with some big names in recent years, many of them ending in “Cyrus,” which is a pretty good name to have an in with in the music industry. She played with Miley Cyrus around the release of her country-tinged 2017 album Younger Now, and also lists Miley’s younger sister Noah and dad Billy Ray among the musicians she’s worked with. Other big names on the backing band résumé include Troye Sivan, Daya, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, and Ty Dolla $ign.
You can spot her plucking the bass on Fat Joe & Remy Ma’s “Money Showers” on Kimmel below:
And here’s her playing double bass on the Billboard Music Awards with Miley last year:
Now let’s talk gear. Row plays Fender bass guitars and runs them through EICH amps. She’s into Fender’s jazz and precision bass models, of both the standard four- and five-string variety. That’s convenient, because Urie announced a little collaboration with the manufacturer not that long ago.
She’s from Fresno, Cali. but she shares a little lineage with the Vegas-raised Urie. Her official site states: “Row has also been a working musician in Vegas casinos for several years singing lead/harmonies and playing bass all the while keeping the audience fully engaged with her infectious stage presence.”
Sounds like the new bandmates will get along just fine.