Concert review: 21 Pilots bring a new setlist and show to Pittsburgh


Seth Franco

Twenty One Pilots have not performed in Pittsburgh since 2019.

Seth Franco, Staff Writer

The Twenty One Pilots concert at PPG Paints Arena last week was an exhilarating performance packed with a wide variety of songs and impressive stage tricks.

The band performed in Pittsburgh as one of the first shows on its new Icy Tour. In comparison to their Pittsburgh concert three years ago, this one featured a very different setlist and a variety of surprises.

Lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun gave it their all in the performance. Joseph’s vocals were strong and energized, as was Dun’s drumming, which featured multiple solos.

Adding to the energy, the group performed with their live band, including a bassist, a guitarist, a keyboard player, and a trumpet player.

A focus of the show was a blue trapdoor in the stage that Joseph and Dun would enter and exit from. While offstage, pre-recorded videos would play on the screens, depicting the duo struggling to brave a snowy landscape before finding doors to get back onstage.

There were few moments of downtime throughout the concert. Many songs transitioned seamlessly, and while Joseph was not singing, the band would often play a transitional song, or the visuals would carry the audience’s attention.

The concert included mainstream songs such as “Stressed Out,” “Ride,” and “Heathens” to entertain casual fans, but also featured fan favorites like “Jumpsuit,” “The Judge,” and “Holding on to You.” Additionally, there was a tribute to their oldest songs, some of which have not been performed in years.