Who says local boys can't make good? Twenty One Pilots (TOP), the Grammy-winning alternative hip hop, indie pop-rock duo from Columbus, make a triumphant return to rock five hometown venues during their five-day "Tour de Columbus" performances June 20 - 25.
Twenty One Pilots will begin by playing intimate, and intermediary sized venues, finishing with larger stadium shows. On June 20, the Pilots launch at The Basement, then on June 21, flying into the Newport Music Hall, landing June 22 in Express Live outdoor, then completing their flight June 24 at Nationwide Arena, and June 25 at the Schottenstein Center.
The Columbus natives are heading home to show their appreciation for the community and fans who have supported them throughout their rise.
Formed in 2009 by lead vocalist Tyler Joseph, drummer Josh Dun joined in 2011 after the departure of members Nick Thomas and Chris Salih. TOP rose to fame in the mid-2010s after several years of touring and independent releases.
TOP dropped two self-released albums, Twenty One Pilots in 2009, and Regional at Best in 2011. In November 2011, they played a sold out show at the Newport Music Hall, attracting the attention of a dozen record labels, ultimately signing with an Atlantic Records subsidiary label. Their Fueled by Ramen debut, Vessel, was released in 2013, and in 2015, they achieved breakthrough success with their fourth album, Blurryface, with singles "Stressed Out" and "Ride".
In 2016, Twenty One Pilots was featured as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, performing toned-down, orchestra-accompanied versions of "Heathens" and "Ride", in what Rolling Stone called their "most high profile performance yet".
The band later performed a medley of "Heathens" and "Stressed Out" on the American Music Awards of 2016, where they also accepted their first awards on American television for Favorite Pop/Rock Duo and Favorite Alternative Rock Artist. In 2017, Twenty One Pilots won a Grammy Award for "Stressed Out" in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category.
TOP bring a mix of piano, synthesizers, drums, and vocals to poetry-based songs, many of which, according to Joseph, reflect philosophical underpinnings.
"The whole concept [behind many of our] songs [reflects the] struggle we feel all the time when it comes to creating purpose, the point, justifying our existence," Joseph said. "The meaning of purpose for me is by creating something, expressing yourself through art, or whatever it is. It doesn't have to be artistic, but if you create something, and only you know the meaning of it, that's the beginning of purpose for you."
According to the band, their purpose for making music is "to make people think", as well as encouraging them to find joy in what they come to believe in life.
A lottery was used to distribute tickets. To win a chance to purchase tickets, fans registered at twentyonepilots.com/tourdecolumbus, and those randomly chosen received a code by text message, providing the opportunity to purchase tickets.
Of course, even though all five shows are sold out, thanks to us, you can still get tickets here.
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