Concert Review: twenty one pilots

Written by Breanna Grigsby Category: Music Issue: July 2016

Photo by Breanna GrigsbyImagine, if you will, a barn on the Lake Erie shore, the location of a summer camp. A drum set and an old piano are the first things that catch your eye. Then you see two guys take the stage in a blaze of energy and lights. The shows of their early days and the twenty one pilots clique I came to join in that barn was magnified one hundred fold at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Tuesday night.

Energy swelled from the pit to the rafters of a sold-out arena – enough that, if channeled, could light the state of Arizona for the next decade, if it could be contained.

The Emotional Roadshow started out with songs that have climbed the charts from the Ohio duo's most recent album “Blurryface.” From the nosebleeds to the pit, fans shouted every word of every lyric. The band – led by Tyler Joseph’s iconic voice and Josh Dun’s signature drumming – left no seat in the arena remained filled.

The show got sentimental when Joseph and Dun took old friends and new friends alike back to their grassroots days with songs like “Fall Away.” They did it from a second stage amongst the crowd that gave those in the back of the house an intimate concert experience, much like that of their indie days.

The guys didn’t forget about their openers, Mutemath and Chef’Special, whom they brought back onto the mainstage mid-show to serenade the crowd with hits like “My Heart Will Go On” by Céline Dion and “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber – in twenty one pilots fashion, of course. From start to finish, with every flip and crazy stunt, every crowd-surfing, up-close-and-personal move, Tyler and Josh never tired. Their performances are a huge draw for the droves of fans who come to see their unforgettable shows of athleticism, acrobatics and creativity. Their shows are about those who have lifted them and will continue to lift them to the top.

No matter where you sit or stand at a twenty one pilots concert, you are bound at some point to have a better place in the crowd than you paid for. The albums are fantastic, but listening from your “car radio” will never compare to the twenty one pilots concert experience. Their music is meant to be experienced in person; it’s made for performance to lift your “heavydirtysoul.”

You can catch the next stop in the Emotional Roadshow tour on Feb. 19, 2017 at Tucson Arena. Get your tickets before they sell out or you’ll be “stressed out.”