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George Ryan Ross III (born August 30, 1986 in Summerlinmarker, Nevadamarker) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter most known for his work as the lead guitarist, lyricist and backup vocalist for the band Panic! at the Disco, before his departure from the band in 2009. Ross and former Panic bassist Jon Walker are the founding members of the band The Young Veins.


Early musical beginnings

Ross got a guitar for Christmas when he was 12, and began collaborating with best friend Spencer Smith who received a drum set. Ross and Smith mostly covered Blink-182 songs with Ross on vocals. Their two-piece band was called Pet Salamander. Ryan wrote lyrics to his first song when he was 14 years old.

They teamed up with Brent Wilson and another boy named Trevor on guitar to make "Summer League" before they teamed up with Brendon Urie to form Panic! At The Disco.

Formation of The Young Veins

On July 13, 2009 Ryan Ross spoke with MTV about the break up of the band. He stated that "the split had been in the cards for sometime now. It just took everyone a while to realize it". Ross told MTV that he and the remaining members of Panic! at the Disco are still good friends and just recently spoke over the Fourth of July weekend. Ross spoke about his and Walker's upcoming project as well. "He and Walker are writing and recording songs (with Pretty. Odd. producer Rob Mathes) at a lightning-quick pace, and they'll soon be revealing the fruits of their labor". Since then, their new band called The Young Veins has released their song Change onto the Internet.

On July 15, 2009 Ross told MTV that the new sound he and Walker are working on is, "They're more, uh, I wouldn't want to say 'heavy,' but I guess I would have to, in the sense of, like, early garage music and Kinks and stuff. The songs are shorter and faster, and I guess they're more rock and roll than flowery stuff." He talked about how there is probably not going to be any orchestration on the album, unlike Pretty. Odd., which was loaded with orchestration. He and Walker are also recording with the help of Alex Greenwald from Phantom Planet along with Panic!'s former touring keyboard player, Eric Ronick. According to Ross, he and Walker are trying to release their new single tentatively titled, "Change". However, Ross is contractually bound to Fueled By Ramen to provide new music where as Walker is not. He wants to be released from his contract with Fueled by Ramen "because it doesn't seem like it's going to be the right place for this stuff, and I think everybody knows that, on both sides, [FBR President] John Janick included. It's just been taking some time to get worked out." Regardless, the single will still be released. The new material is supposed to sound closer to Panic! at the Disco's 2008 single "It's Almost Halloween". He hopes to release the album this year, find a backing band, and hit the road.

On October 16th, Ryan Ross had an interview with MTV saying that their first record, Take a Vacation, is done, and they are working to find a record company willing to release it.


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