Prepare for liftoff: Twenty One Pilots takes fans on journey of hits in Des Moines tour stop
Twenty One Pliots perform "Car Radio", "House of Gold" and "Migraine" for USA TODAY's StudioA.
Fans of Twenty One Pilots went on a wild ride Friday night at Wells Fargo Arena. The "Stressed Out" act performed a medley of tracks during the Des Moines stop of their Bandito Tour.
Lead vocalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun, who hail from Columbus, Ohio, combined the sounds of alternative, hip-hop, electro-pop, indie pop, pop-rock and more during the show.
Fans showed their loyalty to the group with attire consisting of army green and tons of yellow tape. And general admission tickets got fans into a standing-only area, which prompted hundreds to wrap around the arena and stand in cold temperatures for hours waiting to get inside.
Highlights of the show
Twenty One Pilots emerged from a black curtain as fluorescent lights flickered with dramatic music to open the show. A torch was lit and the performance kicked off with "Jumpsuit," the Grammy winner from the group's 2018 album "Trench."
"The Hype" was introduced with a clip of fans waiting outside Wells Fargo Arena singing the tune.
Performing with a scarf over his head — which seems difficult, but Joseph made it possible — the group performed "Lane Boy." Smoke filled the stage, and the crowd went wild as men with gas masks sprayed the smoke down onto the audience. Dun performed a quick solo before Joseph offered a snippet of P. Diddy's "Bad Boys for Life" with his guitar. You guessed it — it was the intro of "Stressed Out."
"This song means a lot to me because it was the first song me and Josh played together live," said Joseph referencing the 2013 track "Migraine."
For the tune "Holding on to You," Joseph went into the crowd and fans held him up with their hands before he returned to the main stage. Dun briefly came off playing the drums and performed a backflip from a piano.
Dr. Blum of MisterWives appeared playing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" with his trumpet, adding soul to the performance. The unique addition led the band into the 15th track of the night, "Fall Away."
After that, MisterWives returned to the stage and performed "Cut My Lip" with the dynamic duo.
When Twenty One Pilots got round to playing "My Blood," screens in the arena showed security guards dancing. Streamers then burst onto the crowd as they were singing along to the record with Joseph.
Shockingly, before "Car Radio," Dun's drum set was held up by fans as he played. He then threw one of his drumsticks to the crowd.
Concluding the encore, Twenty One Pilots landed their flight with "Trees." For the big finale, Dun and Joseph played on top of drum sets held by their fans as yellow confetti burst onto the crowd and smoke released.
Twenty One Pilots' setlist in Des Moines
4) "The Hype"
5) "Lane Boy"
6) "Stressed Out"
8) "Nico and the Niners"
11) "Tear My Heart"
13) "Pet Cheetah"
Finished on the Main Stage
14) "Holding on to You"
15) "Fall Away"
16) "Cut My Lip"
18) "My Blood"
20) "Car Radio"
21) "Truce" (Karaoke/crowd sings)
Sierra Porter covers entertainment for the Des Moines Register. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.