Ryan Ross performing with Panic! at the Disco at the Honda Civic Tour in Houston in 2008.
George Ryan Ross III
August 30, 1986
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
|Years active||2004–2010; 2013–present|
Ross knew fellow Panic! drummer Spencer Smith since he was five. At the age of twelve, the two covered Blink-182 songs in a band called Pet Salamander. Later, he was in the band The Summer League with Smith and ex-Panic! bassist Brent Wilson. After high school, Ross went to the University of Las Vegas. He left after one semester to work in the band. During the times, his parents were having trouble and unhappy. His father was having problems with alcoholism. While seeing this, Ryan wrote two songs on the album about his experiences with his father. His father died in July 2006. Ryan had to deal with the death of his father while in the middle of Panic's summer tour. He was able to work through it. Ryan continues to focus on being the band's lyricist. In July 2009, Ross said that he would be leaving Panic! At The Disco. He said he was leaving because of "creative differences." Ross told fans not to panic about the band split. He said that he and Jon Walker, who also left, would continue on with their own musical endeavors.
Ross and Walker went on to form a band called The Young Veins, which released one album, Take a Vacation! and went on 'indefinite hiatus' in mid-2011.
Ross currently resides in Los Angeles with his dog, Dottie, and currently states to be working on a solo career.