Opening a show for any headlining band can often be a real anti-climax for the performers; usually hardly anyone is in the audience and those that are there are subdued and less attentive but not on Saturday night for Twenty One Pilots. They obviously have a reputation of putting on a great show and so the crowd was there early and was into the music as the band opened for Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco for Fall Out Boy's Save Rock and Roll Tour at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, north of Atlanta.
The duo from Columbus, OH played for about thirty minutes to an energetic and enthusiastic crowd who were as much into it as the band were themselves.
Coming on stage in their characteristic skeleton hoodies Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun opened the evening with "Ode to Sleep" and then played a high energy set finishing off with "Guns for Hands."
Throughout the set the band encouraged the audience to join in which they did! The pit was a mass of waving arms and the entire place joined in singing along with their favorite songs all under the direction of Joseph who was obviously enjoying the entire experience. The set's highlight was "Car Radio".
Twenty One Pilots appeared on a stripped down stage with just Joseph's upright piano and Dun's drum set as the essential props. The bare stage allowed both the band and the crowd to focus on the music and its performance. Rock and Roll at its most rudimentary and at its finest!
Ode to Sleep
House of Gold
Holding on to You
Guns for Hands