Fans lined up at Allstate Arena the night before the Emotional Roadshow tour stopped in Chicago on June 5 to get a good spot at the sold-out show. Twenty One Pilots fans, since the very beginning, have been so passionate about the band, so waiting outside the 18,000-cap venue in the heat for several hours in heavy makeup and black t-shirts was no big deal. It was actually pretty cool to see; they were all still so excited when doors opened, even if they had been there for so long.
Chef’Special opened up the show. After the performance, their manager pointed out that the fans do their research when coming to Twenty One Pilots shows, and that was proven to be very true; a large portion of the venue was singing along to every word. It was really refreshing to see people so interested in an opening band.
Mutemath was next. I don’t know much about Mutemath, but I’ve heard that their lighting is amazing. I didn’t think much of it until they began playing “Light Up,” when the stage lit up behind the piano, bathing the venue in yellow light, eliciting “oohs” and “ahs” from the crowd. They sounded really great as well.
Twenty One Pilots took the stage after what felt like forever. The curtain dropped, the lights went out, and the crowd cheered. The intro to “Fairly Local” began playing, and frontman Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun came out and took their places, immediately beginning “Heavydirtysoul.” Without missing a beat, they began playing “Migrane,” followed by “Hometown,” towards the end of which Joseph disappeared only to appear on the second floor balcony seconds later. The rest of the set consisted of more songs off of Blurryface and others off their previous album, Vessel, as well as some covers. They closed out the set with “Goner” and “Trees.”
Enjoy our gallery from Twenty One Pilots’ Emotional Roadshow below.