Last Saturday, I was able to attend the Duluth date of the twenty one pilots Emotional Roadshow tour, and what an emotional event it was. Between the music, the lighting, the stage effects and just the overall crowd energy, it’s a show that warrants discussion.
If you don’t know who twenty one pilots are, I would recommend giving them a listen. What started out as a duo from Columbus, Ohio has become an exciting, refreshing act in the world of music today. From the lyrics that are written primarily by lead singer, and multi-instrumentalist, Tyler Joseph, and melodies and beats Joseph writes with drummer and part time trumpeter Josh Dun, there’s no denying the fact this band is a talented force to be reckoned with.
The talent doesn’t stop at studio recordings though, oh no it does not. One of the many reasons that I love this band to the amount that I do are because of the live shows that they put on during their lengthy tours.
This previous Saturday was not the first time I’ve seen twenty one pilots, because I was able to see them last October on their Blurryface tour. Having followed this band since 2013, I was more than ecstatic to see them live for their first time and I honestly didn’t know what to expect from them, especially since their had been so much hype surrounding their live show.
I can happily say that they do, in fact, live up to the hype. Their shows are filled with non-stop energy, amazing effects, memorable lighting and overall wonderful performances of each and every song.
But I’m here to talk about Emotional Roadshow, am I not? Not only was this show opened with simply phenomenal acts, Chef’Special and Mutemath, but it was continued and completed with an act that I don’t think I’ll see topped this year.
Having seen them just a little less than a year ago, I didn’t know what to expect from a tour that began just weeks after they finished their last tour, but my goodness, did they exceed all expectations I had going into the venue.
Starting with one of my personal favorites, “Fairly Local”, the show was already giving me things I didn’t get when I saw them last time, and that was a set list that I absolutely loved. From, my absolute favorite off Blurryface, “Ride” to an unexpected crowd favorite, “Kitchen Sink.” this set list is one that was able to appeal to all fans, new and old.
Next thing I want to talk about is something I’ve grown to respect immensely since I’ve started going to concerts and that’s lighting. One thing I look forward to at concerts, especially ones at bigger venues.The last time I saw twenty one pilots, their lighting was quite extraordinary, and it didn’t disappoint this time. Despite the fact that Tyler called the lighting guy out for making two mistakes that night, in a friendly joking tone, I thought the overall show was fantastic. My particular favorite lighting of the night was to the song “Goner” which though it was very similar to the last time I saw it, it’s still able to make me extremely emotional.
The last thing I want to talk about is the level of energy, not just from the band, but from the audience themselves. Don’t get me wrong, the level of intensity this band displays is one that I haven’t seen matched by a band yet, but this crowd does an amazing job of matching it.
It’s not surprise that the fan base is quite passionate about this band, and that shows when they’re seeing this band live. It seems like almost everyone knew every word to every song the band performed that night. From “Addict With A Pen” from the band’s first album, to the band’s probably most played song on the radio “Stressed Out” the audience was able to sing along to them all and convey the energy the band was performing with.
Needless to say, twenty one pilots is a band that gives a live show that is not like any other and one that I think everyone should at least see once in their life. Even if you only know songs like, “Stressed Out” or “Ride” or “Car Radio”, and there’s nothing wrong with that, you will still have a great time watching all the theatrics and effects this band has to offer for each and every show.
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Song of the Week: Doubt by twenty one pilots