I recently attended the Twenty One Pilots concert in Las Vegas. The show was held at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This was my first time seeing them and while I did not know what to expect, I was aware that all of their concerts consistently sell out – apparently, for a very favorable reason!
First, let me say that I was surprised to see a wide range of age groups and cliques. If I had to guess, I would say the ages ranged from thirteen to fifty. It is rare to see such an age gap at a concert since most bands appear to play to a specific audience or age group, but Twenty One Pilots is different. They do not have one specific audience nor a specific sound. They are described under multiple genres such as rock, hip-hip, indie, rap, and even electronic. Since their sound greatly varies, everyone can appreciate their music.
Twenty One Pilots played an extensive set of twenty-two songs including four fun cover songs such as Jump Around, Twist and Shout, Love Yourself, and My Heart Will Go On. The show as a whole was incredible. The duo, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, were authentically impressive. A new wardrobe accompanied each song, Joseph used the entire venue as he climbed onto the surrounding pillars, and he even climbed into a large inflatable hamster ball and ran atop the crowd! To make the concert even more engaging, Dun brought out a platform held by the crowd with drums set-up on top. The crowd held him up as he played a creative solo and drenched those around him in water.
While the music is a joy to listen to, it is important to understand the content of the lyrics and the goal of the band. Joseph and Dun compose the lyrics themsevles, and they speak of their own insecurties. Twenty One Pilots’ most recent album Blurryface relays a strong message to today’s youth dealing with emotions such as depression, fear, and anxiety. The album’s purpose is to help both the duo and their auidence defeat them all. It is to encouarge everyone to continue leaving. It tells them they are cared for and they are not alone. A “keep on pushing on” message, if you will.
The duo is inspiring and truly cares about their fanbase. If you are able, I plead you to check on Twenty One Pilots on their current tour – Emotional Roadshow.