Twenty One Pilot’s ‘Trench’ Comes to Tampa


Photo by Lexi Mariash

Lexi Mariash, Staff Writer


On Nov. 3, Twenty One Pilots came to Tampa at the Amalie Arena, welcoming all of us into their world of Trench.

Rock band AWOLNATION, known for their hit song “Sail”, opened for the band. After both openers preformed a curtain dropped over the stage and smooth, ominous, music began to play for about ten minutes, building the crowd’s anticipation.

At 9 p.m. after about ten minutes of the building tension the lights went out. The curtain then dropped to reveal drummer Josh Dun, standing on the dark stage alone wearing his “Bandito” attire, a jacket with a yellow duct tape X across the front, as he held a torch and scanned the crowd. A single note began to play and the intro to the opening song “Jumpsuit” started. A car came onto stage from underneath with lead singer Tyler Joseph on top. The car caught fire as the lyrics began.

Performed on the main stage were the songs “Levitate”, “Fairly Local”, “Stressed Out”, “Heathens”, “We Don’t Believe What’s on TV”, “The Judge”, “Lane Boy”, and “Nico and the Niners”. During “Nico and the Niners” a “sky bridge” fell over the crowd, and Joseph walked across to the second stage, or B-stage.

“This is the awkward part of the show when 50% of the band is in the correct place and 50% of the band is not,” said Joseph as a spotlight shone onto Dun, who was still on the main stage. “Because I am the lead singer Josh agreed to let me use the sky bridge twice as much as him, so he is going to walk here like a normal person,” continued Joseph as Dun walked past the crowd to the second stage.

On the second stage, the song “Taxi Cab” from their 2009 self-titled album was preformed along with “Neon Gravestones”, “Bandito”, and “Pet Cheetah”. During “Pet Cheetah” the bridge fell again, and Dun walked across, followed by Joseph, bringing both back to the main stage.

Back on the main stage the band performed two covers alongside the opening acts. Joseph introduced the first cover “Iris”, originally by the Goo Goo Dolls, as “The first song Josh learned how to sing,” continuing by saying, “Too bad he won’t be singing tonight, but just imagine a nine-year-old Josh.” It is a running gag for Joseph to introduce the song with one of the drummer’s experiences, making it up each time. In the past Joseph said it was the song he had his first kiss to and, another time, the song he and his brother would wrestle to. The second cover was to “Hey Jude”, originally by The Beatles.

“Ride”, “My Blood”, “Morph” and “Car Radio” were performed after the covers. While Morph was performed, Dun got on “drum island”, the name they gave the drum set that the crowd on the floor level holds up when his name is mentioned in the song.

When “Car Radio” was played Joseph continued the concert tradition, putting on the iconic ski mask and climbing a tower on the other side of the arena.

The encore was the last song of the newest album, which was a more emotional and slower part of the show. As Joseph played “Leave the City” on the piano the stage filled with smoke. After “Leave the City” Joseph thanked everyone for coming and introduced the last song of the night.

“We always like to end all of our shows with this song,” Joseph said, introducing the final song they performed: “Trees”, a song that originally came out in their 2011 “lost album”. The show ended by both Joseph and Dun bowing and saying, “We are Twenty One Pilots, and so are you.”