Twenty One Pilots continue to raise the bar with backflips, flames and confetti at the Honda Center in Anaheim

There aren’t many shows that come close in experience to twenty one pilots. On November 2nd, the band played the Honda Center in Anaheim to a full crowd decked out in everything from simple band shirts to full outfits resembling those worn by Tyler and Josh onstage and in music videos from the most recent album, Trench.

The visual aspect of the show alone was enough to keep the entire arena engaged throughout the full 22-song set, employing everything from moving risers to massive LCD screens and constant pyrotechnics. The flames used almost every song were hot enough to feel from the front row of the crowd and were at times accompanied by a flaming car frame on the stage. These paired well with the apocalyptic imagery used throughout the set, with images from music videos and the inclusion of dystopian-esque costumes creating a uniquely intriguing atmosphere.

A definite highlight of the set was the inclusion of Misterwives in the performance of “Cut My Lip”, which finished with a choreographed group dance involving a full-on Rockettes kick line. Along with newer numbers such as this, twenty one pilots were able to seamlessly incorporate older hits such as “Car Radio” and “Holding Onto You”, which involved the band’s trademark stunts of Tyler climbing a platform in the back of the general admission area and Josh backflipping off of the piano, respectively.

Overall, while the scale of the band’s live production has certainly increased since their release of Vessel, the quality of the performance and its raw energy both remain unmatched.

Meghan Quadracci
Meghan Quadracci is a portrait and music documentary photographer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. See her work at megquadracci.com.

Twenty One Pilots continue to raise the bar with backflips, flames and confetti at the Honda Center in Anaheim

There aren’t many shows that come close in experience to twenty one pilots. On November 2nd, the band played the Honda Center in Anaheim to a full crowd decked out in everything from simple band shirts to full outfits resembling those worn by Tyler and Josh onstage and in music videos from the most recent album, Trench.

The visual aspect of the show alone was enough to keep the entire arena engaged throughout the full 22-song set, employing everything from moving risers to massive LCD screens and constant pyrotechnics. The flames used almost every song were hot enough to feel from the front row of the crowd and were at times accompanied by a flaming car frame on the stage. These paired well with the apocalyptic imagery used throughout the set, with images from music videos and the inclusion of dystopian-esque costumes creating a uniquely intriguing atmosphere.

A definite highlight of the set was the inclusion of Misterwives in the performance of “Cut My Lip”, which finished with a choreographed group dance involving a full-on Rockettes kick line. Along with newer numbers such as this, twenty one pilots were able to seamlessly incorporate older hits such as “Car Radio” and “Holding Onto You”, which involved the band’s trademark stunts of Tyler climbing a platform in the back of the general admission area and Josh backflipping off of the piano, respectively.

Overall, while the scale of the band’s live production has certainly increased since their release of Vessel, the quality of the performance and its raw energy both remain unmatched.

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