Twenty One Pilots are undeniably back, and better than ever.
Twenty One Pilots made their highly anticipated return to the stage last night in London- marking not only the first live show of the 'Trench' era, but also their first performance in well over a year.
The intimate show was just the start- here's what we learned at A Complete Diversion last night.
01. THE SONGS FROM 'TRENCH' ARE INCREDIBLE LIVE
A Complete Diversion was the first time any of the songs from 'Trench' have been played live. But they're already going to be live staples and fan-favourites, and they slot in between 'Blurryface' and 'Vessel' classics so seamlessly.
Take 'My Blood'- if last night is anything to go by, it's set to take the place of 'Doubt' for a good ol' fashioned sing-along on the upcoming Bandito Tour. With enigmatic frontman Tyler conducting a clique choir in a two-part vocal line last night, 'My Blood' became an instant classic. Better get some rehearsals in before they head back in March.
And that's before even mentioning that 'Nico And The Niners' has a mini-interlude where they recreate the famous 'Stressed Out' handshake, just like in the 'Nico' video. Huge.
02. THE NEW ERA DOESN'T MEAN THE END OF 'BLURRYFACE' FAVOURITES
Last night saw the return of Tyler's floral kimono for 'We Don't Believe What's On TV', 'The Judge' and 'Lane Boy'- and a whole lot of pre-'Trench' live staples. So for now, it looks like 'Trench' isn't going to be leaving all things 'Blurryface' behind.
The production from 'Blurryface' is still a huge part of this new era too- we're talking the hazmat-clad dancers with CO2 guns for 'Lane Boy', and Josh ending 'Ride' in his signature style- drumming on top of the crowd. Last night felt so familiar, but so new.
03. THE BANDITO TOUR PRODUCTION IS GOING TO BE ANOTHER HUGE STEP UP
Already comfortably one of the best live bands in the world, if last night's show is anything to go by Twenty One Pilots aren't holding back in this new era.
Last night's theatrics perfectly introduced the 'Trench' narrative to the world. With Josh entering the stage in full 'Trench' costume, flaming torch in hand a-la 'Nico And The Niners', it marked the spectacle of the band's first perfomance in over a year with the gravitas the moment deserved. And what other band would have a flaming carcass of a car on stage as a part of their set? The very one from the 'Jumpsuit' and 'Heavydirtysoul' videos? Only Twenty One Pilots could ever.
04. THEY LOVE LONDON
As if kicking off their new era in London with their first show in well over a year wasn't enough, they even went so far as to announce a third London show at Wembley next year on stage during the show.
Tyler shared on stage "we're coming back in March to play a full show. And we just thought that maybe tonight- well there’s two sold out nights already happening. They sold out in like three hours, which is unbelievable. But right now, I’m announcing- I talked to Josh on the way over here today and said “hey, let’s do a third night” so we’re gonna do a third night."
05. TWENTY ONE PILOTS ARE THE BEST BAND IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW, AND YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THE BANDITO TOUR
This isn't opinion- this is just fact at this point. After a year-long hiatus, Twenty One Pilots are back and genuinely better than ever.
Tyler teased on stage last night that this was just a taste of what's to come on the Bandito Tour. And with so many omissions from the 13-song set last night (hello 'Guns For Hands', 'House Of Gold' and 'Tear In My Heart') the Bandito set is guaranteed to be even bigger (and dare we say, even more emotional).
Also, they closed on 'Trees'. In what has become their signature closer, Tyler and Josh got up on top of the crowd as they've been doing for years now. Except last night was different. The first use of yellow confetti in that moment really marked the beginning of the new era. Gone is the red. This is 'Trench'.
06. THEY'RE STILL TWENTY ONE PILOTS, AND SO ARE WE
And we're so, so glad they're back.
Twenty One Pilots are on the cover of Rock Sound this month- get the first full, indepth interview about 'Trench' from both Josh and Tyler now, exclusively in Rock Sound from SHOP.ROCKSOUND.TV