Review: Twenty One Pilots

ON Saturday, March 25 I went to my second Twenty One Pilots concert in Auckland. It was at Vector Arena, which sold out. It was the second show of their Emotional Roadshow world tour, with Wellington on the 24th being the first.

On the day of the concert, I started lining up at 5:30am along with two of my friends. Twenty One Pilots weren’t due on stage until 8:30pm, with doors supposed to be opened at 6:30pm and the opening act due on stage at 7:30pm.

That meant about 13 hours in line until doors open and waiting nearly 16 hours for Twenty One Pilots to perform.

There were about 30 people in front of us, as many had camped outside the venue overnight.

The first couple of hours went reasonably fast, which was good. My friends and I quickly decided that we needed to make friends with the two girls behind us so someone could hold our spot.

Before lunch, we got moved to a different entrance and were at the front of that line. The only people that would be going in before us were the people that had camped out overnight.

The six-and-a-half hours after that went by soon enough, and we were ready to go in and get to the barrier.

However, there was a delay and we didn’t get in until about 6:45pm, but once we got in we were two people away from the barrier. One of my friends Shari, and myself pulled ourselves out from the pit as it was getting too much near the end of the opening act.

My other friend Nitha stayed one away from the barrier for the whole show.

When Shari and I came back into the pit, we stayed near the back and got close to the second stage, known as B Stage.

The first song that Tyler Joseph sang and Josh Dun played the drums to, was a mashup of Fairly Local and Heavydirtysoul.

Joseph got into the song very quickly and hyped the crowd up. The crowd screamed and shouted for Joseph and Dun, supporting Joseph with the vocals to the song.

The next song was Migraine, which Joseph got the whole crowd jumping and singing along to.

The next was Hometown, which is a heartfelt song but it was not without one of Joseph’s tricks. What looked like a covered Joseph on a piano playing the song — before the real Joseph appeared in the upper bowl singing the rest of it.

When the song ended, Joseph dramatically took off his ski mask, most likely to take in his surroundings.

The show lasted two hours, but Joseph and Dun packed in more songs than average shows, by mashing up their own songs with Blurryface tracks Message Man and Polarize and then Screen and The Judge getting the same treatment.

A few memorable things that Joseph said at the show included when he was trying to get the crowd to sing loudly along to the Blurryface track We Don’t Believe What’s On TV by saying “Let’s try this again so they can hear us all the way at the Adele concert!”

Joseph had his ukulele out in full force, singing a version of Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley, which the whole crowd sung along to as He looked lovingly at the crowd.

This cover showed another side to Twenty One Pilots, they did not stick to just one genre.

During The Judge Joseph’s best friend and drummer for Twenty One Pilots, Josh Dun, gets a shoutout as every member of the crowd now knows that “Josh Dun!” is hidden in the lyrics for the song.

While Joseph and Dun made their way to the B Stage, on the main stage a video played on the screens of ‘vintage’ footage of them rehearsing and playing music back in 2011. Halfway through this, I turned to Shari and said to her “They’re distracting us,” and I turned and faced the B Stage.

While on B Stage, they sang Ode To Sleep, Addict With a Pen (with Joseph commenting “You look beautiful” as phone torches lit up around the arena) and then their much loved version of My Chemical Romance’s Cancer.

Joseph and Dun then made their way back to the main stage for the rest of the concert, where Dun had a drum battle with himself. A pre-recorded Dun playing the drums appeared on the screen, where the real life Dun then copied it, the drum beat gradually getting harder and harder, before the on-screen Dun’s head blew up.

The most memorable thing that happened at this concert was definitely when Joseph got into a Zorb-like ball, which most Twenty One Pilots fans call ‘the hamster ball’, during their song Guns for Hands and ran around in it over the crowd. It was memorable because this is a very unique experience at a concert, not many artists these days would do that.

Before the concert, I was definitely expecting high levels of energy and them doing their best to hype everyone up and get everyone to sing along, and for them to play their song ‘Heathens’ from the movie Suicide Squad.

The concert lived up to all my expectations and it was such an amazing experience. This concert was so much better and had more hype than their last concert in New Zealand, even though it was pretty much the same setlist.

My favourite song from the show would have had to be either Goner or Trees — both songs are incredibly emotional and both played in the encore.

Even during the encore, Joseph and Dun had so much energy and hyped everyone up which I personally loved so much. At the end of the concert, both Joseph and Dun banged drums which let of confetti all over the arena.

It was such an amazing experience and I am so glad I went again, even knowing it was going to be the same songs as last time.

Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are amazing artists, and they bring so much energy to their shows, even with Dun being behind his drumkit most of the show. It was so enjoyable, and totally worth waiting all that time in line just for a band.

ON Saturday, March 25 I went to my second Twenty One Pilots concert in Auckland. It was at Vector Arena, which sold out. It was the second show of their Emotional Roadshow world tour, with Wellington on the 24th being the first.

On the day of the concert, I started lining up at 5:30am along with two of my friends. Twenty One Pilots weren’t due on stage until 8:30pm, with doors supposed to be opened at 6:30pm and the opening act due on stage at 7:30pm.

That meant about 13 hours in line until doors open and waiting nearly 16 hours for Twenty One Pilots to perform.

There were about 30 people in front of us, as many had camped outside the venue overnight.

The first couple of hours went reasonably fast, which was good. My friends and I quickly decided that we needed to make friends with the two girls behind us so someone could hold our spot.

Before lunch, we got moved to a different entrance and were at the front of that line. The only people that would be going in before us were the people that had camped out overnight.

The six-and-a-half hours after that went by soon enough, and we were ready to go in and get to the barrier.

However, there was a delay and we didn’t get in until about 6:45pm, but once we got in we were two people away from the barrier. One of my friends Shari, and myself pulled ourselves out from the pit as it was getting too much near the end of the opening act.

My other friend Nitha stayed one away from the barrier for the whole show.

When Shari and I came back into the pit, we stayed near the back and got close to the second stage, known as B Stage.

The first song that Tyler Joseph sang and Josh Dun played the drums to, was a mashup of Fairly Local and Heavydirtysoul.

Joseph got into the song very quickly and hyped the crowd up. The crowd screamed and shouted for Joseph and Dun, supporting Joseph with the vocals to the song.

The next song was Migraine, which Joseph got the whole crowd jumping and singing along to.

The next was Hometown, which is a heartfelt song but it was not without one of Joseph’s tricks. What looked like a covered Joseph on a piano playing the song — before the real Joseph appeared in the upper bowl singing the rest of it.

When the song ended, Joseph dramatically took off his ski mask, most likely to take in his surroundings.

The show lasted two hours, but Joseph and Dun packed in more songs than average shows, by mashing up their own songs with Blurryface tracks Message Man and Polarize and then Screen and The Judge getting the same treatment.

A few memorable things that Joseph said at the show included when he was trying to get the crowd to sing loudly along to the Blurryface track We Don’t Believe What’s On TV by saying “Let’s try this again so they can hear us all the way at the Adele concert!”

Joseph had his ukulele out in full force, singing a version of Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley, which the whole crowd sung along to as He looked lovingly at the crowd.

This cover showed another side to Twenty One Pilots, they did not stick to just one genre.

During The Judge Joseph’s best friend and drummer for Twenty One Pilots, Josh Dun, gets a shoutout as every member of the crowd now knows that “Josh Dun!” is hidden in the lyrics for the song.

While Joseph and Dun made their way to the B Stage, on the main stage a video played on the screens of ‘vintage’ footage of them rehearsing and playing music back in 2011. Halfway through this, I turned to Shari and said to her “They’re distracting us,” and I turned and faced the B Stage.

While on B Stage, they sang Ode To Sleep, Addict With a Pen (with Joseph commenting “You look beautiful” as phone torches lit up around the arena) and then their much loved version of My Chemical Romance’s Cancer.

Joseph and Dun then made their way back to the main stage for the rest of the concert, where Dun had a drum battle with himself. A pre-recorded Dun playing the drums appeared on the screen, where the real life Dun then copied it, the drum beat gradually getting harder and harder, before the on-screen Dun’s head blew up.

The most memorable thing that happened at this concert was definitely when Joseph got into a Zorb-like ball, which most Twenty One Pilots fans call ‘the hamster ball’, during their song Guns for Hands and ran around in it over the crowd. It was memorable because this is a very unique experience at a concert, not many artists these days would do that.

Before the concert, I was definitely expecting high levels of energy and them doing their best to hype everyone up and get everyone to sing along, and for them to play their song ‘Heathens’ from the movie Suicide Squad.

The concert lived up to all my expectations and it was such an amazing experience. This concert was so much better and had more hype than their last concert in New Zealand, even though it was pretty much the same setlist.

My favourite song from the show would have had to be either Goner or Trees — both songs are incredibly emotional and both played in the encore.

Even during the encore, Joseph and Dun had so much energy and hyped everyone up which I personally loved so much. At the end of the concert, both Joseph and Dun banged drums which let of confetti all over the arena.

It was such an amazing experience and I am so glad I went again, even knowing it was going to be the same songs as last time.

Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are amazing artists, and they bring so much energy to their shows, even with Dun being behind his drumkit most of the show. It was so enjoyable, and totally worth waiting all that time in line just for a band.

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Mokshi Gupta - 6 months ago
Loved the way you described each and every thing in detailed manner in your discussion. Thank you so much for your review!