Photoset: Twenty One Pilots (October 25, 2013 @ Bogart’s, Cincinnati OH)
Two-piece alternative rock band Twenty One Pilots played to a sold-out crowd at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday, October 25. Another sold-out show is scheduled for Saturday night, but if you’re willing to pay the scalpers’ prices, you won’t be disappointed. Singer Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun put on a high-energy performance, thrilling the packed house who screamed the lyrics—all the lyrics—along with the band.
The show was not limited to the stage, however. On more than one occasion Tyler came out into the crowd, and even Josh got in the act by floating out among the masses on an audience-supported drum platform. The duo changed outfits a few times, sometimes wearing masked hoodies (they were masked during all of the songs I photographed). In fact, the masks did not come off until the photographers left the photo pit, so you won’t see their faces at all below.
With only one major label release under their belt, Twenty One Pilots delighted the crowd with all of their popular songs, including “Holding Onto You,” “Car Radio,” and “House of Gold” (which included a verse of Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl”). They did pull out a few older songs from their independent releases, playing for nearly two hours. One of the most interesting performances was a drum duel between Tyler and Josh, sitting back-to-back, after “Run and Go.”
Special mention should be made of the extensive light show. Twenty One Pilots has employed a creative and precise lighting technician who beautifully and perfectly matched up the effects with the songs. I was already a fan of the band before the show, but seeing the songs performed on stage with the lights going behind them just added to the awesomeness of the record.
My son accompanied me to this show, and he summed up his feelings, “I loved the experience of just having fun, screaming your head off.” He wasn’t the only one.
No one should pass up a chance to see Twenty One Pilots in concert. Check their tour itinerary and make plans to see them.
Want to see more?
Watch the official video for “Car Radio” below: