By Kristina Balboa
Yesterday morning, the band and crew from Twenty One Pilots landed in Chicago to prepare for their fifth stop on the Emotional Roadshow Tour with Mutemath and Chef’s Special.
This is undoubtedly the largest crowd I’ve ever seen attend a Twenty One Pilots show. Completely sold out for months ahead of time, the Allstate Arena can hold about eighteen thousand five hundred people.
One of the opening bands Mutemath admitted that the Chicago crowd was a little too wild for them later on social media, as to where Chef’s Special said they loved the enthusiasm.
Both bands did an unbelievable job at pumping up the crowd and getting them on their feet before the main performance.
It’s no surprise that the dynamic duo of Tyler Joseph and Joshua Dun, best known as Twenty One Pilots, would eventually emerge into the mainstream scene on pop-music radio stations and sell out stadiums and arenas. For long-time fans of any band or musician who suddenly becomes a trend, this feeling can be bittersweet.
Twenty One Pilots have recently found themselves to be a well-known name throughout cities and suburbs across the world.
Thankfully, they remain genuine to who they are and what their music is about.
Some musicians lose themselves entirely and rearrange who they are to adjust to what is selling; other musicians and bands like Twenty One Pilots own the phase.
Without any new music having recently been released, Tyler and Josh preformed music off of their two most well-known albums: Vessel and Blurryface.
Throwing in a treat for the older clique members they played a few pre-fame songs that only a portion of the crowd knew. Those songs included “The Pantaloon”, “Fall Away”, “Johnny Boy”, “Forest”, “Addict with a Pen”, “March to the Sea”, and (my personal favorite) “Kitchen Sink”.
About halfway through the concert Tyler brought out all members of Mutemath and all the members of Chef’s Special to join them in singing a few covers.
The two most well-known songs of the night were “Stressed Out” and the cover of Justin Beiber’s “Love Yourself”. The rest of the night consisted of “Ride”, “Guns for Hands”, “Tear in my Heart”, and “Car Radio”.
My number one recommendation for any fan considering seeing the boys on their current tour: Bring a ski mask.
The symbolism behind it is great but it’s also such a thrilling feeling pulling it off during “Car Radio” as you’re watching lead singer, Tyler, do exactly the same.
Oh, and also, put your phone down a little more. It’s a totally different experience when you’re actually watching a concert and enjoying your time being surrounded by live music rather than focusing on getting the perfect picture to convince everyone else you’ve had an amazing time.
An encore finished up with two songs, “Goner” and “Trees”.
This tour included a lot of interesting twists and turns. More music fit into one show, amazing lighting, perfect sound, Tyler popping out of darkness in random balconies, Josh slammin’ and jammin’ on drum island with support from the crowd, and a lot of unexpected experiences and pep talks- if you’ve ever considered seeing a Twenty One Pilots show or are new to the clique, there will never be a better time than now!
For a complete list of tour dates and to get tickets visit the official band pages below: