As expected, Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium was sold out last night for Twenty One Pilot‘s return to the Music City, and they brought along with them Finish Ticket and up-and-comers Echosmith as their opening acts. The venue was filled with young teens eager to experience the Blurryface Tour.
Unfortunately I arrived too late to capture photos of Finish Ticket, but what I heard absolutely impressed me. The lead vocalist, Brendan Hoye, has an incredible voice and keeps the crowd involved. The band has a strong sound and definitely had the crowd pumped for the upcoming acts.
Echosmith was very personable with the crowd and connected with them unlike any band I’ve seen before. I discovered that the four members of this band are all siblings, which explains the comfort you can see between them on stage. Frontwoman Jamie Sierota even took a selfie with the entire crowd and had everyone hold up the flashlights on their cell phones. Their set included “Cool Kids”, “Bright”, “Tell Her You Love Her”, and many more of their biggest hits. They put on a great show and are well worth seeing on this tour.
Twenty One Pilots were everything I’d hoped they’d be. Their live set included tons of smoke, tons of bright lights, and tons of energy. The crowd remained standing for the entire set, even those in the balcony. Although this tour is in support of their new album, Blurryface, they play many songs from their previous album, Vessels. Twenty One Pilots has such an energetic live performance you simply can’t stop watching. Although the drummer, Josh Dun, is not able to leave his kit, he does stand often and connect with the crowd. Vocalist Tyler Joseph is constantly moving from side to side of the stage as well as on top of the piano (which he also plays) and on top of various stage pieces. If you are considering going to this tour but aren’t quite sure yet, I’m telling you that you should go. All three of these bands are definitely worth seeing live and creating a night to remember.
*Photographer’s note: I was not informed until I was at the venue that we were only able to photograph from the upstairs balcony and I have not yet invested in a large enough zoom lens for such a distance. This is the reason for the far away photos.