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Twenty One Pilots Lands in Chicago


Twenty One Pilots Lands in Chicago

Claire Livingston

Twenty One Pilots continued the second part of their sold out Emotional Roadshow tour in January, arriving at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois on the 28th .

The two openers for the show were Judah and the Lion and Jon Bellion.

Judah and the Lion’s folksy and banjo sounds pleased the crowd, who most had never heard of the band before.

After they played, Judah Akers, the front man of the band, met fans and quickly took selfies with all of them before Jon Bellion began.

The crowd all jumped up for Bellion’s opening song, “All Time Low,” which has recently become popular.

After the song ended, most sat back down and enjoyed the rest of his unfamiliar songs.

Bellion’s sound contrasted with Judah and the Lion, consisting of a lot of electronic sounds and rap vibes.

Twenty One Pilots’ show began, beginning with a projection of “Blurryface,” an alter ego that represents the bands insecurities and worries, singing the beginning of “Fairly Local.”

The projection vanished and revealed Twenty One Pilots, singing the first song of their newest album and a song on its way to becoming a hit, “Heavydirtysoul.”

Two songs later, they played a song called “Hometown” where Tyler Joseph, the singer, does what the crowd calls a magic trick.

Crew members throw a sheet over him while he is on stage, the shape of him remaining under the sheet for about 30 seconds, and when it drops to the ground, he is found somewhere amongst the crowd in a balcony seating area.

Tyler Joseph pulled out his ukulele a few songs later, telling the crowd Chicago was one of his favorite places to play and his first ever ukulele he had played on was named Chicago.

“I haven’t named this ukulele yet, I’m sure we’ll come up with a name by the end of the night.”

Later, the band rushes to B Stage, and small stage set up in the general admission area.

During the first leg of the tour, they played a medley of their older songs or songs not available to buy any longer, but during this part of the tour they kept the B Stage performance short with only three songs.

The two ran back to the main stage, where Josh Dun, the drummer, was having a drum battle, or what he has called it before, “a drummersation” with a video of himself on a screen behind him, ultimately beating the drummer on the screen.

During the next part of the concert, the opening bands come back on stage and joined Twenty One Pilots for some covers, such as “Tubthumping,” and “No Diggity.”

Soon they brought someone out from the crowd who had won a competition and had them play Mario Kart against Tyler Joseph, Tyler beating him and keeping his winning streak thus far.

They continued out with the end of the end of their set, ending with the same song they have always ended their concerts with since the beginning of the duo, “Trees,” where they go into the crowd and both drum while red confetti shoots into the air over the entire arena.

They both climbed back onto stage, bowed, and held two fingers like a peace sign and one intersected through the back, the band’s logo.