Show Review: twenty one pilots at The Forum for Emotional Roadshow

When it comes to live bands, I don’t think there’s any band better than twenty one pilots. I’ve seen the duo, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, play several shows, ranging from intimate acoustic sessions, theaters small and large, and headline massive arenas. And they never cease to amaze me with the intensity of the show. I bet they leave the show exhausted every night as they leave it all on the stage. I had the opportunity to meet the guys backstage and help out with a quick interview, and they were as calm, collected, and super chill. Safe to say they haven’t changed much in the past few years.

Their fans match their intensity, singing along to every single lyrics as though their life depends on it. And in some ways, given the heavy and dark subject matter in songs like “Addict with a Pen,” “Holding On To You,” and “Guns for Hands,” twenty one pilots have probably played an important role for many fans.

“… And now I just sit in silence…” – @twentyonepilots. 🙌🏻

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And I completely get it. The first time I saw and met the guys was more than two years ago, and I’ve been a massive fan of their music and the messages in their lyrics. More importantly, I see how intensely their fans react and how passionate they are about the band. This is a band that has worked and toured tirelessly for the past few years, and is finally having “mainstream success” and it’s amazing to watch.

Last Saturday, the band played their headlining show at The Forum. The place was packed with adoring fans. Of course, I was in the pit and managed to make it near the front of the pit, and the experience was as intense as I’ve ever experienced at a show. I left thoroughly soaked in sweat, the majority of which was not mine, and it was incredibly, cathartic even.

I really like the bands latest album, Blurryface, which is having tremendous success at the moment, but their debut album (or albums) are the songs and moments I look forward to. The songs from Vessel and their indie releases are quintessentials and get the best reactions and make for a better live show. Regardless, these guys are phenomenal live! You really need to experience it.. even watching their few moments I captured on my iPhone are ugh… .I just want to go back and be at that show every night.

A few notes and moments I recall and need to share… and yes, I was in the pit having a blast and didn’t bother taking notes, sorry (not sorry).

The theatricality of the show was out of this world. Tyler, akin to a magician, disappeared several times throughout the set only to appear in different parts of the stadium mere moments later. I had seen him do this in smaller venues, and he was able to pull this feat in the massive venue like The Forum.

New to this tour was the zorb (that’s what they’re called right… the inflatable balloons you crawl into, right?). Tyler jumped into the inflatable balloon and ran across the audience like a manic hamster! It was incredible to see from the pit. He ran right over me, and I sadly hit the stop button and didn’t capture the entire thing on video. I may post it on Instagram at a later date.

As seen in the above videos, the guys really like to get involved with fans in the show. During “Holding On To You” (one of my faves) Tyler jumped on top of the audience and sang the first verse while being held up by the crowd.

Not to be left out of the stage antics, drummer Josh hoisted himself on a platform atop this adoring fans during “The Ride” for an epic drum solo. This is just way too cool!

If you’re ever been to a twenty one pilots show, you know it’s a tradition that they close with an epic drum off with “Trees.” But this is twenty one pilots – they don’t just drum on stage – they drum on platforms on top of the fans! It’s one of my favorite songs from them, and it’s a defining moment and perfect closure to an incredible set. 

Man, I really love this band! I can’t wait to see them again! 

Have you seen twenty one pilots before? Let me know!

I’d love to hear about your experience and connection with the band and their music!

Leave a comment or tweet me!

#BEASTMODE. @joshuadun last night. 🤘🏻 #twentyonepilots #ers2015

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Jack Garratt Gives Me ALL THE FEELS

There are a handful of artists that have been truly life-changing and give me goose-pimples when I hear them. And Jack Garratt is one of them.

I can’t even tell you how many times I lost my shit when I saw him at The Fonda a few months ago. I also recently realized I just missed his set when he opened for Mumford and Sons at The Forum. I’m beyond stoked to see him at Belasco Theater soon.

His album is one of my favorites from the past several years and is one I know I will be listening to for years to come. I can’t get enough of “Surprise Yourself,” “Weathered” and “Worry.” Really, the entire album is amazing, and even more so after seeing him play the songs live.

It frustrates me to no end that he’s not bigger and not getting the recognition he deserves in the US. He’s such a unique talent. And his laugh alone is worth an interview!

Do yourself a favor – watch this and pass it on!

Possibly THE BEST Show I’ve ever been to! Thank you @jackgarratt 🙌🏻

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You’ve Got To Hear Thrice’s Acoustic Version of “Black Honey”

I was really bummed when Thrice called it quits, thankfully, they cut the non-senese and released an incredible album, To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere, earlier this year. And it doesn’t suck – it’s actually really good! The single from the album, “Black Honey” is such a great song – Dustin Kensrue sounds as good as ever! And in this acoustic version, he sounds as good as he’s ever sounded!

If you’re not familiar with Thrice, you really need to check them out! Their 2003 album, The Artist In The Ambulance is the place to start. It’s one of my favorite album and one I can listen to from start to finish still. It’s very nostalgic and takes me to a special time in my life! The band is from Irvine, CA, and the album was released during my freshmen year in college at UC Irvine, so it played a huge part of my year and the hometown college really adopted and supported the band. I actually saw Thrice at UC Irvine when they co-headlined the Honda Civic Tour! Fun fact – they co-headliner was Dashboard Confessional! Very interesting crowd and an amazing show!

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Panic! At The Disco Finally Share Studio Version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” on “Suicide Squad” Soundtrack

I love me a cover, really I do. But when I hear that a band is covering Queen, I’m super hesitant. Especially if it’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” that’s such an iconic and strange song.

But Panic! At The Disco have been covering it at their live shows for a few years now, and it’s nothing short of exceptional. Brendon Urie might be one of my favorite frontmen in punk-pop. He’s such a charismatic lead singer, and he has pipes! I’ve seen him/them live a few times this past year and they’re always on-point and it’s always a party. (I’m sure I’m all over their upcoming Artist Den taping… whoops. I’m a fan, no shame!)

I think that the live version of this worth a listen, and better than this studio version. Maybe I’m biased as I’ve seen them play this a few times. Either way, this is a risky cover to put out on an album, but it’s a great addition to the soundtrack for Suicide Squad, which is packed with amazing songs. Side note: shoutout to “Heathens” by twenty one pilots, which is doing amazing on the charts right now!

What do you think of the cover?

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