Once again the brilliant dudes of Twenty One Pilots have returned to NYC, this time for their biggest live show in New York: Terminal 5. It’s happened like rapid fire when you stop to think about it, the ascension to where they are now. The way they’ve grown over the past year has been incredible, and it’s all happened due to tireless hard work and a die-hard fan base. What makes me respect them greatly is how they put everything they have into their live shows, and that characteristic is something that hasn’t been lost on their fans at all. This post is definitely bordering on aimless rambling territory but it can’t be helped, Twenty One Pilots are easily one of my all time favorite live bands and with this particular show I noticed how much they’ve grown as a band, more so than my previous experiences shooting their shows. Sure the scale of the production was bigger and insanely impressive (especially due to the addition of a British narrator Nigel), but the major component that shone during this great show was how both Josh and Tyler have grown as musicians, which is brilliant considering they only started out as aimless dudes trying to have a good time. It’s mental, but when you listen back to Vessel (as well as their self-titled debut) you can hear how green they were, especially Tyler, who was clearly trying to find his voice. But now, the way Tyler sings live…you can just tell that he’s figuring it out, and that his voice has gotten to the point where the songs feel much more rawer and much more alive. And you can tell that he’s been working on what works best for him, while still leaving room for his songs to evolve. And than there’s Josh who…I mean Christ, what could anyone say about him that hasn’t been said already? The man is simply a machine, an absolute mental machine and an awesome one at that. He’s always been a fantastic drummer but at T5 it was impossible not to be taken aback by his extra sharp precision that never sacrificed the raw power that his fans have grown to love. And speaking of fans fucking hell were they insane that night. It was both a brilliant and scary thing to witness, even with my years of going to shows I can honestly say I have never seen a fan base so rabidly lost in the music the way the fans of Twenty One Pilots were that night. There was yelling, pushing, crying, screaming, jumping, blood (seriously), and even hair ripped out from the crowd. To think that all of that happened because of the passionate fervor people felt within themselves…well that very thing is why I love doing what I do, as well as getting to share with you the shows that cause such wildness to happen. So without further ado, enjoy my photos from the show below.
Twenty One Pilots
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