“We are Twenty One Pilots, and so are you,” ended the first night of the band’s two sold-out shows at the 9:30 Club. The last words by the band’s front man, Tyler Joseph, were not only sincere, but actually true. As a part of the crowd, I have never experienced anything similar to Twenty One Pilots and their fans. The high-energy stage presence Tyler and drummer, Josh Dun, present is remarkable, and the way the crowd is able to interact with the band, and with each other, is what makes Twenty One Pilots sell out venues across the United States.
As the band’s website biography states, “We want the make people think.” Displaying incredible messages for all of their songs through their lyrics, Twenty One Pilots also makes thinking a danceable process. The duo incorporates their piano and drum playing along to dynamic beats, creating a unique sound from other artists.
Introduced by a mysterious voice of a skeleton named Nigel, Twenty One Pilots, wearing their signature ski masks, started their set with the hit “Guns for Hands”. Following, were songs from their album, Vessels, released in 2013 by Fueled by Ramen, which led into a ukulele and drum solo cover medley. The medley started with “All I Do is Win”, a DJ Khaled cover, which jokingly was Nigel’s song he would listen to as a teen, and ended with “Drunk in Love” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love”.
The next segment of the show was dedicated to the band’s older songs. Satisfying fans with throw-backs, the band played my personal favorite, “Forests” and the emotional, “Addict with a Pen”, among others. Stating, “This is my favorite part of the night,” Tyler gave praise to Josh, while allowing the audience to interact as he took one question about Josh. Finally, the band finished their set with “Fake You Out”, which transformed into a cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness”.
The band returned with an encore consisting of their most played song on Spotify, “Car Radio” and lastly, “Trees” where Tyler and Josh stood on the crowd, simultaneously playing the drums as confetti fell across the crowd. It was an amazing end to an incredible, high-energy night.
I have seen Twenty One Pilots three times in the past year, and they never fail to put on an amazing set. If you haven’t seen them yet, I highly recommend getting tickets to a show on their current tour, as they might be back only after recording their next album!
Openers: Vinyl Theatre and Misterwives
Twenty One Pilots Set List
1. Guns for Hands
3. Ode to Sleep
4. Cover Medley ( “All I Do is Win”, “Bugatti”, “Drunk in Love”, “Can’t Help Falling in Love”)
5. House of Gold
7. Fall Away
8. Addict with a Pen
9. Kitchen Sink
10. Holding on to You
12. The Run and Go
13. Fake You Out with “Summertime Sadness” cover
14. Car Radio
Photo Credit: Samantha Quintanilla and Marcia Garcia