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Twenty One Pilots Nashville 2016

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Twenty One Pilots Nashville 2016

Nathan Armstrong

Photo credits: Nathan Armstrong

The Twenty One Pilots’ concert in Nashville began with an indie pop band from the Netherlands called “Chef’s Special’. They started off the night playing a total of five songs, each a mixture of reggae, indie, and hip hop. After playing a set full of deep messages about the world and the problems of today, they ended with “In Your Arms” before making way for MUTEMATH, an American alternative rock band from New Orleans.

Opening their show with “I Used To”, MUTEMATH performed a seven song set full of pulse quickening, exciting hits bringing everyone in the crowd to their feet. They performed tracks from their past albums like “Blood Pressure”, and “Changes”, as well as “Light Up”, “Vitals”, and “Monument”, songs from their latest album “Vitals”(2015). Nearing the end of their time on the stage, lead singer Paul Meany thought it would be a good idea to jump on his keyboard. In the process of doing so, he collapsed it and fell on his side. But not being one to just lay there, he surprised us all as he maneuvered his body into a crouching position and resumed playing the keys on the ground. After MUTEMATH thanked the crowd and left the stage, the time had finally arrived. It was time for Twenty One Pilots, and everyone in the crowd was going absolutely nuts.

The American alternative duo from Columbus, Ohio opened their show with “Heavydirtysoul", and every one of the fans in the crowd was rapping along with lead singer Tyler Joseph. Continuing with an incredible lineup, they then led into fan-favorite “Migraine”. Each song was accompanied by enthusiastic applause and screaming from all the fans. They performed a number of hits including “Polarize” from their album “Blurryface” (2015), and their newest hit from the Suicide Squad soundtrack, “Heathens”. Instead of jumping right into the hit single, Joseph started the song from the piano, performing a special intro before leading into the long awaited crowd favorite. After "Heathens", he decided this would be a good time to bust out his ukulele and flip the mood by playing some bright, cheery music; Joseph played a mix of “House of Gold” and “We Don't Believe What's On TV” before leading into a compilation of the band’s older songs. After the eleven minute medley, Twenty One Pilots was joined by the opening bands for a fun cover performance of classic songs like “Twist and Shout” by House of Pain, and Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”. Josh Dun mixed things up during Celine Dion’s cover by playing the trumpet, and then went on to surprise everyone with a cover of Justin Bieber’s hit “Love Yourself”. After an insane show, Twenty One Pilots ended their set with “Goner”. Both the crowd and the artists enjoyed this incredible show in Music City, enthusiasm and excitement flowing wildly from both ends.

- Matthew Armstrong