Concert preview: Twenty One Pilots

Joel Oliphint
joliphint@columbusalive.com

Wish we could turn back time to the good old days when Twenty One Pilots would grant interviews to local outlets that wrote about the band back when it was playing gigs at Kobo. Sigh.

But Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun haven't forgotten their Columbus roots. “It's our hometown and it always will be,” Joseph toldPaper magazine a couple years ago. And so, soon after winning a Grammy award for “Stressed Out,” the ubiquitous single from the duo's smash-hit 2015 albumBlurryface, Twenty One Pilots announced a “Tour de Columbus” with three shows at tinier-than-normal Columbus venues: The Basement on Tuesday, June 20; Newport Music Hall on Wednesday, June 21, and Express Live on Thursday, June 22.

Then the band added two more local venues more suited to its gargantuan fan base: Nationwide Arena on Saturday, June 24, and the Schottenstein Center on Sunday, June 25. (The shows are all sold out, and tickets were only available through a lottery system, so if you weren't one of the lucky ones, scalping probably won't work.)

“I'm fairly local, I've been around / I've seen the streets you're walking down,” Joseph sings onBlurryface track “Fairly Local.” With five Columbus shows in a week, the song isn't just honest — it's an understatement.(Fans only)

The Basement

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20

391 Neil Ave., Arena District

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