twenty one pilots brings Paris to tears

© Edouard Camus

On Armistice Day—a national holiday in Paris celebrating the end of World War I, just two days before the city was rocked by terrorist attacks—twenty one pilots invaded 700-capacity venue le Trabendo in the north of the French capital. Some fans were queuing up since 7 a.m., getting all ready to get their first row. Some minutes after entering the venue, Jeremy Loops came onstage, Australian-like (originally from South Africa), looking like a surfer with his long hair put up in a man bun, and with all his pedals at his feet, le Trabendo started to move to his beat, first created by awesome human beatboxing, then followed by drums. Using just his pedals and playing most of the instruments (minus bass, drums, sax and backing vocals), Loops managed to create a unique sound.

Fifteen minutes late, twenty one pilots appeared onstage wearing their skeleton onesies, hoods and capes. Supporting their new album Blurryface out via Fueled By Ramen, the band did not forget their roots, playing old songs such as “Holding On To You,” “House Of Gold” and, obviously their anthem “Car Radio.” The band performed new songs, sung back by the entire crowd, also during their amazing cover of “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and the magnificent “Goner,” resulting in the audience sobbing and singing at the same time. Substream photographer Edouard Camus attended the show and took some pictures.