For whatever reason, Twenty One Pilots decided to kick off their nearly completely sold out tour with a two-date stop,nay blessing, in Washington DC at the Echostage. The Columbus,OH natives have a massive world tour ahead of them due to to their latest album Blurryface which has shot up to No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 upon it’s release on May 17th earlier this year. Their first album with Fueled By Ramen, Vessel , was already a huge success, with each song somehow seeming more catchy than the previous. Their latest work shows that the duo have no sign of slowing down anytime soon. To even classify their sound into a genre is impossible. Such unique sound is so refreshing in a society saturated with too many bands we won’t care about next year. Not the case for Twenty One Pilots.
Garbed with a full skeleton attire, skull mask included, Tyler Joseph approaches a microphone hanging from the ceiling while Josh Dun begins the drums for their first song, “HeavyDirtySoul”, which launches the crowd into the first of MANY chants and sing-a-longs. So much happens in the first three songs of a show. Especially with a full set touching base on 26 different songs. Next came “Stressed out”, which Tyler removed his mask halfway through, a song ranting about just how much easier it was as a child “back in the day”. Hands and neck adorned with his signature black tint, which has prompted numerous fan theories, many believing that Blurryface is his dark alter-ego taking him over. Josh’s’ masks changed throughout the set too, until he was finally just wearing a backwards hat. This show was all over the place. In the best way possible. From fast-paced to a quiet calm in the ukulele clad cover of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” transitioned perfectly to “The Judge”. The six-song medley with just piano and drums was not worth missing at all.
The show ended the first time with “Car Radio”, before the encore in which we got to witness the first ever live performance of their song “Goner” followed by ending the show with “Trees” . With so much positive energy and crowd involvement flowing through the set, it’s hard not to see why Twenty One Pilots is selling out nearly every show they touch.