Twenty One Pilots rocks the Garden!


Liam Higgins

TOP makes it big time

Liam Higgins, Copy Editor

The worldwide phenomenon Twenty One Pilots took Madison Square Garden by storm on August 10th, 2016 for the first time in their career.

Twenty One Pilots was formed in 2009 by singer Tyler Joseph and former members Nick Thomas and Chris Salih in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio. In 2011, Thomas and Salih left the band, and drummer Josh Dun joined. The band remained “fairly local” until their third album, Vessel, was released in 2013 and began to pick up steam. In 2015, the duo released their fourth album, entitled Blurryface, which became a hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and charts remarkably well even to this day. With their single “Stressed Out” going double platinum in the US, the band embarked on their largest tour yet: The Emotional Roadshow Tour.

From the start of the concert, there was no denying that the two had an incredible stage presence. The members certainly knew how to put on an incredibly energetic, yet emotional show. The band engaged in fun antics and stunts such as when the lead singer Tyler Joseph rode the general admission crowd in a giant hamster ball and when he climbed a large podium during one of their songs. The band is known for being constantly dynamic throughout their show and displaying a more theatrical performance.

“It was such an outstanding concert with so much energy and amazing music,” junior Erin Cancela said.

The band was certainly proud that they were able to play Madison Square Garden for the first time. It has been a goal of theirs for an incredibly long time, and August 10th was when that dream was finally realized. Tyler Joseph gave a moving speech, ending off with the phrase “We did it!”

Despite the large venue, the band was able to keep the intimate atmosphere of some of their smaller shows. Joseph shared several stories with the crowd and the band performed some songs songs on a separate, smaller stage on the opposite side of the arena.  They even played a medley of some of the songs from their first two albums.

The band also brought back the opening acts, Chef’Special and Mutemath, to perform several covers of other songs, such as “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion and “Jump Around” by House of Pain. After those covers, they played their most popular singles, such as “Car Radio”, “Ride”, and “Stressed Out.” Ending the concert off with an encore, the band played two of their most impassioned songs, “Goner” and “Trees,” which left concert-goers with a sense of pure euphoria.

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