Following the release of their latest album “Scaled and Icy”, the Grammy award winning duo Twenty One Pilots (Tyler Joseph and Joshua Dun) began touring and playing live music again.
The Chicago takeover week began at Bottom Lounge and continued on to venues as big as the United Center. We were able to make it to the Aragon Ballroom during their Chicago tenure. The crowd was ready for the show to begin and the need for live music was felt throughout that night. The stage went dark, and soon after, a bright light was centered on stage and the duo stood before us wearing cool looking masks. The excitement in the venue was palpable! The set opened up with the song “Good Day”, and seeing Josh play the drums and Tyler playing the piano felt unreal. The fascinating storytelling behind their latest albums can be appreciated as the current song transitions into a live message from DEMA, followed by the song “No Chances”. The dramatic lighting coming from the stage set a powerful energy in the room, and as the crowd chanted back, I’m sure many had goosebumps. The electric energy that was felt throughout the night was unbelievable!
Playing songs off their latest album Scaled and Icy, the evening felt like a party. “Saturday” and “The Outside” had everyone dancing to the beat. “Stressed Out” from their Blurryface album made us remember better, simpler times. The raw feeling in their music can be appreciated in every era the band has explored throughout their career. From playing hometown shows in Ohio, to headlining Lollapalooza, and winning a Grammy, one can really appreciate the talent that is Twenty One Pilots.
Review and photos by Brian Fuentes