July 4, 2016

Music Monday: twenty øne piløts at BB&T Center

This past Saturday I (finally) got to see twenty øne piløts perform. I was pretty upset that I couldn't get tickets to their last tour, so I was online well before these tickets went on sale. Like, I set an alarm so I would be ready the second they went live. The ironic thing about me and tøp is the fact that I used to hate them. They opened at a show I went to a few years ago, and I didn't pay any attention because I "didn't like them." I tried listening to their music on more than one occasion, and I just couldn't get into it.

Then one night last summer I was on YouTube, and a suggested video in my sidebar was tøp's music video for "Car Radio." I don't know what changed in those 4ish minutes, but that video is really powerful and won me over completely. I've been a fan ever since, so when I was able to score a GA ticket in one of the biggest— if not the biggest— venues in South Florida, I was more than excited.

The show was absolutely incredible; I'm already nostalgic and can't wait to see them again, and the concert was Saturday night. One of the best I've ever been to, and I've been to a number of shows at venues of different sizes and in different cities. I chose to stand barricade at the second stage until they switched over from the main stage, so I watched the show from a slight distance up until then. And then they switched, and they were right in front of me, playing "Ode To Sleep" and a medley of some of their older songs, including "Forest" (!!). It was truly a religious experience when I was able to rap along to "Lane Boy" and jump around to "Guns For Hands" and "Hometown." And when we all sang the bridge in "Holding Onto You"... I've no words. They covered "Twist And Shout," which was really unexpected and so fun. They also did "Heathens," which was cool because it just came out, and finished with "Trees," which is really a beautiful song and one of my favorites. 

As always, stage energy was high, with Josh killing it on the drums, and Tyler using a stage double in a red suit and mask and appearing moments later on the top of the third-level section. Towards the end, he climbed into a hamster ball and ran around on top of the crowd. While they were on the second stage, they played a few slower songs, and the entire arena put up their phone flashlights— honestly one of the coolest, most surreal things, seeing that from down in the pit. And at the end of the show, they executed their signature bow to a roaring crowd: "We are twenty øne piløts and so are you. See you next time." |-/

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