BY JESSICA PEREZ, Guest Writer
The crowd begged for an encore from Twenty One Pilots on Saturday, Sept. 19 after their sold-out show in Rochester Hills came to an end.
Fans of all ages filled Meadow Brook Music Festival, sporting the band’s signature red beanies, ‘skeleton clique’ hoodies, and ‘Blurryface black’ painted hands and throats (a metaphor for feeling suffocated by one’s insecurities).
Twenty One Pilots, which consists of Tyler Joseph (vocals/piano/ukulele/guitar) and Josh Dun (drums/trumpet), played a dynamic set at the outdoor venue with over twenty songs, including their popular radio hits “Tear in My Heart,” “House of Gold” and “Car Radio.”
They also performed a mash-up of six favorites: “Hometown,” “Pantaloon,” “Semi-Automatic,” “Forest,” “Screens,” “Ode to Sleep,” and a ukulele version of Elvis’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”
Just about every audience member knew every word to each track, and they chanted proudly in unison.
Dun’s and Joseph’s high energy and theatrical personas kept the crowd engaged, from climbing onto platforms and back-flipping off things to being held up by the audience while beating on water-covered drums for their grand finale.
During an intimate intro to the band’s favorite song, “Trees,” Joseph expressed how much it means to them that their music has touched so many lives. Their fans help remind them of why they started making music in the first place — to give kids hope and to reassure them that no matter how dark the world may seem, they’re not alone.
Confetti rained down as Twenty One Pilots took a final bow, the crowd shouting, “One more song!”