REVIEW: Twenty One Pilots performs energized show

By BRET WERPY Columnist

The duo Twenty One Pilots performed for a sold out crowd on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls.

The crowd settled in for a night promising to be ripe with energy, and they weren’t disappointed.

Twenty One Pilots is on their second leg of their “Emotional Roadshow” tour. The band Judah & the Lion and artist Jon Bellion are accompanying them as their opening acts throughout the tour.  

The first act, Judah & the Lion, plays alternative music using mandolin, banjo, drums, piano, keyboard and vocals. They intermixed their set with an amalgamation of their original songs and covers from different styles and artists to accent their diverse musical roots.

Judah & the Lion played a full set of songs including their hit “Take it all Back” and a cover of “Booty Work.” The Nashville band quartet delivered their own special folk alternative twist to the dance classic.

Next, Jon Bellion took the stage. He brought with him many touring musicians to cover the musical duties required to perform live.

The highlight of Bellion’s set was a performance of his recent hit “All Time Low,” inviting the crowd to sing every word. By the end of his set, Bellion had the whole crowd singing along and dancing.

A suspenseful build up between Bellion’s performance and the main act prepared fans for a magical and exciting show.

After the opening bands, the show was underway with Josh Dun, drummer for Twenty One Pilots, laying the drum work for “Fairly Local” into the fast paced beat of “Heavydirtysoul.”

Both Dun and Pilots vocalist Tyler Joseph wore their trademark ski masks. For the first few songs, Twenty One Pilots played a list of fan-favorite tracks intertwined together. Within the first few songs, Joseph played a variety of instruments, including piano, ukulele and bass.

Twenty One Pilots provided a spectacle of a show by disappearing from the main stage to a different spot in the arena several times.

The highlights of their set included: “Ride,” “Stressed Out” and “Tear in My Heart.”

The duo ended their set with the song “Trees,” resulting in a dance party throughout the crowd and confetti cannons.