Imagine an alternate reality where you’re surrounded by hundreds of people who all have at least one thing in common: a love for the bizarre. Today, the word “extra” means nothing because at a Twenty One Pilots concert, they’ve pulled out all the stops.
Beginning with a small crowd in their garage to selling out stadiums, Twenty One Pilots’ theatrics have allowed them to grow their audience. Soon, the two-man band found themselves at Sunrise’s BB&T center on July 2 where fans awaited the best night of their lives.
Preceding their moment of enlightenment, hundreds of antsy pre-teens, teenagers and adults met Twenty One Pilots’ opening acts—Mute Math and Chef’s Special.
It was hard to breathe in as the fumbling ecstasy of bodies packed themselves close to catch a glimpse of the performers: Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun.
After hours— perhaps days—of anticipation, the curtain dropped, finally revealing the two artists clad in ski masks and vibrant red tuxedos. Not a moment of hesitation passed before they bombarded the crowd with their opening number “HeavyDirtySoul.”
Now this wasn’t just an ordinary concert. It was also a magic show, as not even seconds after the start of their second song, the lead singer, Tyler, disappeared and then reappeared on the third floor of the venue, allowing fans who could not afford to stand in the pit a front row seat in witnessing the magic.
There’s something about the third song in a set. It’s the moment when everything sinks in, your mind registering exactly just how much is happening around you: Josh’s rhythmic pounding of the drums, a black and white silent movie playing in the background, the person next to you screaming the lyrics nearly as loud as you are.
Right when you’re experiencing this sensory overload— such that you don’t even have time to so much as Snapchat the spectacle in front of you, you come to realize “where did the lead singer go?” And that is precisely the moment where Tyler emerges in a hamster ball, rolling onto the crowd.
This, among a myriad of other tricks, reminds you why you’re there to begin with. It’s what sets them apart as performers and artists, always beckoning the crowd to become more immersed in the show, leading them to come back, thirsting for more, even if they may not entirely like the music.
Yet, just as you’re becoming physically exhausted, they slow it down and play an encore song that’s close to their hearts, connecting them to much of their audience. With the overwhelming emotion packed into that three minute song and the realization that this experience has nearly come to a close, “Goner” pushes you to the brink of tears.
Suddenly, it is more quiet than it has ever been and the band takes advantage of this moment to bid their farewells: “We’re twenty one pilots and so are you.”