Our Brains Are Sick, but These Guys Help

By Ashley Pagan

October 5, 2016

“Nah, I didn’t understand a thing you said, If I didn’t know better guess you’re already dead, Mindless zombies walking around with a limp and a hunch, Saying stuff like, “You only live once.””These are lyrics from the song that Tyler Joseph and Joshua Dun hop onto stage with as they begin the first minutes of their 2 hour set on the Blurryface tour. Twenty One Pilots (TOP) is a Columbus based band who have completed tours throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. They were formed in 2009 by Tyler Joseph and he was joined by Josh Dun, who are the two current members. The duo put out their fourth album, Blurryface on May 19, 2015. They began playing their new songs on June 6, 2015 in Mountain View, California. They toured in 17 countries, hitting 26 out of 50 states, in over 85 shows in around half a year. They have sold out shows at notorious venues like; Terminal 5 (NYC), The Greek Theatre (Los Angeles), House of Blues (Orlando), Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC), and many other well known venues around the world.

The most recent show they have played in the tri-state area was on September 15th and 16th, 2015. In which they played two sold out shows at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. These two shows were filled with energy, lights, blaring speakers and decked out “Skeleton Clique” fans. Starting the show off was Finish Ticket, the power that they put into their short set got the fans pumped up. Their songs are very well written, and they sound great made their set very enjoyable. Next in the lineup was Echosmith, unfortunately their eight song set was quite disappointing. Compared to the wild energy given off during Finish Ticket, Echosmith was a big flop, they mellowed out the crowd rather than amping them up.

Saachi Bhandari has seen two of TOP’s shows and has been to many other concerts, she said, “Echosmith was okay, but everyone only knows like one song. Finish Ticket was good but no one knew of them, and no one really knew that they were opening until they were on stage.” After Echosmith cleared the stage everyone was buzzing with excitement, and all of a sudden the first chords to Heavydirtysoul are played through the large speakers in the grand ballroom. If you were to take a look around the room everyone is jumping up and down to the beat and singing along to the catchy lyrics. In between many songs Joseph would speak to the crowd and talk about how much they mean to him, and how much their music means to them and how everyone matters. That is another reason why many people credit them for helping them and saving them from their dark thoughts, which is what music should do. Music should mean something and their music affects and helps people. As the show came to an end Tyler and Josh climb into the crowd with a drum each, and perform drum solos of their song “Trees” atop their dedicated clique. Brandon Jump has seen TOP live nine times and has admitted that Trees is his favorite live song, “it means something to me, and they make it even more special when it’s played live.” The show ended with confetti being sprayed all over, and Tyler closing with his speech he does every show, “We’re twenty one pilots, and so are you.” The night ended with many tears shed from my eyes, and many other fans who were comforted by their words and their performance. The show was perfect, just like any of the other 5 shows I have been to of theirs. And hopefully they will continue to be just as good, seeing that they have just sold out two nights at Madison Square Garden to be played in August 2016.


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