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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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Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara Shares “Scars To Your Beautiful”

Alessia Cara is special. She’s unique. She’s the anti-popstar popstar, simply by being herself.

In her breakout single, “Here,” she sings about being in introvert at a party and just not wanting to be there – that’s the story of my life! And the composition and her phrasing are uniquely her. She reminds me of Lorde.

And like Lorde, Alessia Cara shouldn’t be judged by her single, but by the body of her work. Her debut album, Know-It-All, is packed with brutal honesty and just real. In songs like “Four Pink Walls” and “Seventeen,” she sings about being young and wanting to be more, but it’s from a mature standpoint, and honestly refreshing.

“Scars To You Beautiful” is a song about being, accepting and loving who you are. I love the message. It has one of the most profound verses I’ve heard in a while…

She has dreams to be an envy, so she’s starving
You know, covergirls eat nothing
She says “beauty is pain and there’s beauty in everything”
“What’s a little bit of hunger?”
“I can go a little while longer,” she fades away
She don’t see her perfect, she don’t understand she’s worth it
Or that beauty goes deeper than the surface, oh, oh
So to all the girls that’s hurting, let me be your mirror
Help you see a little bit clearer the light that shines within

[Chorus]
There’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark
You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are
And you don’t have to change a thing
The world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful

The video is amazing and powerful! I have so much respect for Alessia and she’s making a huge statement with her music and it’s positively impacting so many people!

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Viola Beach

Coldplay’s Tribute to Viola Beach at Glastonbury

Music is amazing. Music is powerful. This is one of my favorite music moments from the year – the circumstances are awful, but Chris Martin and Coldplay did an amazing tribute to Viola Beach.

All four members of the young band, and their manager tragically died in crash this past February.

I can’t help but think of how amazing it would be for members of Viola Beach to hear their songs on the radio, and hopefully, their debut album will top the UK charts this week.

Chris Martin and Coldplay played an incredible tribute to the band at Glastonbury this year, which was a truly amazing moment, and really speaks to the power of music.

And here’s a great performance by Viola Beach of their brilliant song, “Boys That Sing.”

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