Panic Drummer Spencer Smith Cops to Addiction, Rehab

spencersmith15082009.jpgPanic at the Disco drummer Spencer Smith revealed on the band’s website July 30 that for the past four years, he’s been battling addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol, and entered rehab last fall for treatment.

The band formed in Las Vegas and rose to prominence in 2005 after being championed by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy. Smith and co-founder Ryan Ross attended Bishop Gorman High School, while Brent Wilson and Brendon Urie both went to Palo Verde.

Smith, in his dispatch, says: “[A] little over 2 years ago, something traumatic happened in regards to the health of a loved one. It was around this time that I started taking Vicodin and Xanax on a daily basis. It was an intoxicating mix. … When we got off the tour we were doing for our last record, I slipped further into my addiction. With a lot more alone time and no worry of being presentable at an interview or a meet & greet, my life began to revolve around my addiction.”

Panic is currently on tour and is scheduled to play the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool on October 11. Your plans to welcome the band back home with a cool pitcher of Xanax coladas will likely have to be altered.

Porn Biopic Lovelace Premieres at Planet Hollywood

The long-in-the-works Linda Lovelace biopic, Lovelace, finally made its post-Cannes premiere at Planet Hollywood on August 3 with some of the star talent on hand to usher in the film.

Star Amanda Seyfried came out before the movie started to take a bow, along with Sharon Stone, who plays Seyfried’s mother, Dorothy Boreman. Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman said a few words before the film, but absent were many of the movie’s big names, including Peter Sarsgaard, Robert Patrick, Chris Noth, Hank Azaria, Chloe Sevigny and James Franco smirking his way through the whole proceeding like he smirked his way through his role as Hugh Hefner. And like he smirks his way through every insufferable aspect of his stupid smirking life.

Another one for the road

Hakkasan played host to two of the biggest names in pop culture (before fading into afterthought/after-After Earth status, anyway). Psy was in to hang with Tiësto on August 2, to the surprise of everyone who didn’t think he had the juice to pal around with top-flight DJs anymore. Even bigger, though, was when Will Smith, his trainer and friends came in for dinner August 4. Smith is in town filming a movie, though it’s unclear which one it is at the moment. He has three sequels in the works: Hancock 2, I, Robot 2 and Bad Boys 3, though if we’re lucky, he’s secretly working on Pursuit of Happyness 2: Happy Harder. … If Psy had his eyes on any ladies at the club, he could’ve had Tiësto marry them right there. The Dutch DJ is holding a contest where he’ll perform the ceremony to unite two ravers in holy, bass-dropping matrimony August 17. Interested parties can plead their case at … Bruno Mars followed his August 3 show at MGM Grand Garden Arena with a stop at Tao to do a couple of songs for the crowd there. Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert was the only celeb smart enough to get to the club on the same night it featured an R&B artist who works almost exclusively in the “Hey lady, I find you distractingly pretty” subgenre.


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Thursday, Aug. 8 Rock out with Austin, Texas’ rising star Gary Clark Jr. at the Boulevard Pool. The singer/guitarist has a cool sound that bridges the past and future of blues, soul and hip-hop, and helped him become Rolling Stone’s Best Young Gun and a SPIN magazine Breakout Artist. (At the Cosmopolitan, 8 p.m., Next, bounce over to Surrender for a face-melting bass-heavy set by Zeds Dead.



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