Twenty One Pilots is set to hit Pittsburgh twice this year and if their first stop at Stage AE is any indication, their return in January to Consol Energy Center will be an all out banger. With people waiting in line as early as five days before and having to brave the porta-potties left from the Beyonce concert at Heinz Field, the level of commitment from some fans was proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.
With lots of dressed up fans,a crazy long merch line, and the audience screaming every single lyric while jumping like mad people, their was more to the show than what was happening onstage. In six years 21 Pilots has built a quasi-empire in the making. Last year’s “Blurryface” seemed to have cemented their position as a chart-topping, genre-bending band.
Joseph and Dun combine their antics with huge screens displaying videos, making for an interactive environment that connects with people. They also have looked at the history of theatrical rock and adapted a page or two from the record books. Multiple costume changes, jamming with opening band members Chef’ Special and Mute Math, a backflip off a piano, and crew members joining in on the fun in hazmat suits, the boys from Columbus, OH know how to keep the audience coming back for more. Both band and audience will do just that when they will undoubtedly pack the larger venue on January 27, 2017.
Openers Chef’ Special international hit single “In Your Arms” was named as one of “Tomorrow’s Hits” by Billboard, “In Your Arms,” is currently climbing at Alternative and AAA radio outlets nationwide here in the US. Chef’Special has built a loyal following in their native Netherlands with their combination of hip-hop, rock, funk, catchy pop and laid-back reggae sound. Formed in 2008 in the Netherlands, Chef’Special has toured extensively and has built an enormous fan base across Europe. They were named “Best Band” at the 2015 Dutch Public Broadcasting’s NPO 3FM Awards and had previously been named 2014’s “Best Live Act.” These guys are a definite “must see” so make sure you get their early.
Mute Math, out of New Orleans, are no strangers to touring and have built a lot of their reputation on tremendous live shows. 2007 was their eal outbreak with, “Typical” and the ensuing backward video. Their newest effort Vitals (2015), continues to see their upward trajectory and their performance last Wednesday was certainly an indication that the best is yeat to come.
setlist for 21 Pilots:
“Fairly Local” (Intro)
“We Don’t Believe What’s on TV” / “House of Gold”
“Ode to Sleep”
“Addict with a Pen”
“March to the Sea”
“Holding On to You”
“Twist and Shout” (The Beatles cover; with Mutemath & Chef’Special)
“Love Yourself” (Justin Bieber cover; with Mutemath & Chef’Special)
“Jump Around” (House of Pain cover; with Mutemath & Chef’Special)
“Guns for Hands”
“Tear in My Heart”
All photos Danielle Mediate © 2016