We Don’t Believe What’s on TV
Nico and the Niners
Holding on to You
Cut My Lip
Leave the City
Following the release of their newest album Trench, Twenty One Pilots set out on tour to share the world of “Dema,” the fictional place that is mentioned in the album Trench, live with their fans.
The first leg of the 2019 Bandito Tour proved to be rather successful. So successful, they added a second leg to the Bandito Tour with dates in the summer.
It was a hot summer day as Twenty One Pilots fans eagerly stood outside the AT&T Center. The preshow consisted of crowded halls and long lines to purchase merchandise. The opening act Bear hands brought energy to the sold out crowd with their hits “Blue Lips” and “Confessions.” Once the first set was over, fans eagerly waited for the highly anticipated main act.
Like all other classic live shows, the lights shut off in the arena leaving the fans screaming in excitement. Drummer Josh Dun walked onto the stage with a flaming torch as the instrumental sound track from “Heavy Dirty Soul” played in the background. On cue, lead singer Tyler Joseph stood on a flaming car that rose from a platform and onto the stage. This would be the start of their most recent hit song “Jumpsuit.”
The crowd sang the lyrics word by word as the sound of the heavy bass blasted in the arena. During his iconic scream, there were sounds of explosions that shook the arena leaving fans jumping up and down in excitement. The show continued on with “Levitate” where fans were no match against Tyler Joseph’s live rapping skills. Once the intro to the iconic “Fairly Local” began to play, fans jumped along to the be
As a third time concert goer, I knew what tricks Tyler Joseph had up his sleeve. I knew I was in for a sweet treat when a platform rose silently a couple of seats away from me. During the bridge of the song the music stopped and the lights shut off. Then and there on the platform was the Tyler Joseph, only five feet away from me. Fans screamed as he scanned his surroundings then continued on with the song. Once he concluded with the lyrics “good people now,” he took off his ski mask and revealed himself. The arena was full of excited screams. I was left shaking and breathless still not believing what had just happened.
The live show continued on with hit songs “Stressed Out “and “Heathens” and the memoir to his grandfather “Legend.”
Tyler Joseph then brought out his ukulele and played the fans “We Don’t Believe What’s On TV,” “The Hype,” and “Lane Boy.”
The concert then transitioned to a big chunk of Trench with “Nico and the Niners,” “Neon Gravestones,” “Smithereens,” “Bandito,” and “Pet Cheetah.” These were performed on their second stage where dangling lights surrounded Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. “Bandito” was truly an out of this world experience. The smoke, the lights, and the vocals gave an out of body experience.
Twenty One Pilots then revisited old times in Vessel with “Holding on to You.” Tyler Joseph jumped into the crowd and had the entire stadium singing along word for word. It was a feel-good performance that could heal the soul.
They continued on with hit song “Ride” that gave an upbeat pop vibe to the show. To the fans’ surprise, they played “Cut My Lip” which was not on the set list of their first leg of the tour. It brought tears to my eyes when Tyler Joseph played the bassline. I was in complete disbelief.
The show jumped back into the Trench groove with exhilarating performances of “My Blood” and “Morph.” Once again, Tyler Joseph ran through the crowd to climb the ladder to start the performance of “Car Radio.” Dedicated fans sang their hearts out as Tyler’s vocals spilled with emotion. After finishing, Tyler disappeared as “Truce” played. The arena was filled with the song as fans sang along to the lyrics on the screen.
The show continued with a special treat. The lights shut off leaving the arena in complete darkness as the words “So where are you? It’s been a little while.” Played through the speaker. It was the start of the highly anticipated performance of “Chlorine.” Fans screamed as the spotlight revealed the band.
The experience of Trench concluded with the emotional performances of “Leave the City” and “Trees”. Fans were left teary eyed as Tyler’s vocals rang through the arena with raw emotion.
I always believed that experiencing the performance of “Trees” is almost like experiencing a rebirth. You feel alive, more than you have ever felt before. The synth and the vocals get you up on your feet. The arena shakes as every fan jumps up and down. Tears run down faces as Tyler sings “Hello.” The two boys place a set of drums on the crowd and begin to play as the crowd chants “Hey!” and pump their fists in the air. Yellow and white smoke and confetti fill the air. The boys come together and take a bow. The live performance of Twenty One Pilots has come to its unfortunate end.
After three shows, my opinions of Twenty One Pilots remain the same. Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are great performers, musicians, and friends. From all the artists I’ve seen live, Tyler and Josh have had the most audience interactions. They both remain incredibly humble to their oldest dedicated fans and thank the parents for the efforts they have made to attend the show. I could only describe their talents as raw. Tyler’s vocals can bring fans to tears, he raps his songs live rather than play backtracks, and screams live instead of relying on recordings. Josh Dun played every song and added his own little twist to the beat. He even played the trumpet switching back and forth to drums. As a band with only two members, they sure know how to move a crowd. I recommend Twenty One Pilots to people of all ages, families, and those who love live music.