Twenty One Pilots’ Smashing Success of a Concert

Greta Parr '18, News Editor

In late January 2017, TWENTY ØNE PILØTS played at the PPG Paints arena here in Pittsburgh. It was their second stop in Pittsburgh on their EMØTIØNAL RØADSHØW WØRLD TØUR; they had previously played at Stage AE in June 2016.

The band has been on the scene since 2009, but they’ve achieved great success with the release of their album Blurryface in 2015. Their hit song “Stressed Out” could be heard on every radio and was being sung by every young person around. Just earlier this month, they won a Grammy for their performance of “Stressed Out.” They also found great success in releasing the song “Heathens” for the Suicide Squad Official Soundtrack, which became an instant hit.

The overall production quality of the concert was phenomenal, completely immersing fans in the experience and enthralling every member of the audience. The members of the band — Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun — pulled many elaborate stunts and made an effort to interact with the audience.

At one point, they pulled a Pittsburgh local by the name of Vincent up on stage to have a Mario Kart 64 race against Tyler! (Spoiler: Tyler won.)

Josh and Tyler also shared nostalgic stories of how Pittsburgh was one of the first cities they played outside of their hometown, Columbus, Ohio. Our show was also special because members of both musicians’ families were present in the audience, and they gave a special shout-out to them.

All in all, TØP put on a great performance, and I would highly recommend seeing them live in concert if you have the opportunity!