Review: Twenty-One Pilots Bring Energy-Packed Bandito Tour to St. Paul

Frontman Tyler Joseph walks the sky bridge from stage B to main stage at a sold out Xcel Energy Center Sunday night. Photo: Sarina Long
Frontman Tyler Joseph walks the sky bridge from stage B to main stage at a sold out Xcel Energy Center Sunday night.

October 22, 2018 06:19 PM

It's been a busy week for the Twin Cities music scene and last night, St. Paul fans filled the Xcel Energy Center for Twenty One Pilots, a duo from Columbus, Ohio with a unique sound covering many genres.

"Thanks for selling the place out," frontman Tyler Joseph said to the fans. "We've played small venues and now we're in this sold out arena and it's because of you." 


St. Paul was the fifth stop on the 'Bandito Tour,' promoting TOP's newly released album, 'Trench.' 

The two-hour set was a fun one filled with rap ('Levitate'), emo-reggae ('Nico and the Niners'), Indie-rock ('My Blood'), even a few covers with help from openers Max Frost and Awolnation. 

The Bandito Tour kicked off with 'Jumpsuit,' where Tyler stood on top of a car engulfed in flames. At one point during the next song, 'Levitate,' a masked body-double stood on the main stage singing while Tyler made his way to a suite and surprised fans. 

Four-year-old Odin from Hutchinson said that was his favorite moment of the whole show.

"How did he do that? Is he magic?" he said.

Kudos to the TOP light crew. The lights added an incredible element throughout the night but especially once the duo made their way to stage B at the back of the arena — Tyler walked across the sky bridge hovering above fans while Josh made his way through the pit. 

"We dedicate this section of the night to our fathers who like to sit so feel free to take a seat," Tyler told fans as they slowed things down with the beautiful 'Taxi Cab' and 'Neon Gravestones.'

"Taxi Cab was the first song I put a rap into," Tyler said. 

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It's clear that Twenty One Pilots' lyrics connect with fans on a deeper level covering anxiety, depression and insecurities. A young fan held up a poster that said, 'Thank You' on it. 

Backflips, air splits and drumming on a platform held up by fans; There's no doubt Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun have what it takes to keep fans pumped on this tour and beyond. 

Set list
1.    Jumpsuit 
2.    Levitate 
3.    Fairly Local
4.    Stressed Out 
5.    Heathens 
6.    We Don't Believe What's on TV
7.    The Judge 
8.    Lane Boy 
9.    Nico and the Niners
10.    Taxi Cab 
11.    Neon Gravestones 
12.    Bandito 
13.    Pet Cheetah 
Main stage 
14.    Holding on to You 
15.    Iris (Goo Goo Dolls cover) with Awolnation & Max Frost 
16.    Hey Jude (The Beatles cover) with Awolnation & Max Frost 
17.    Ride 
18.    My Blood 
19.    Morph
20.    Car Radio 
21.    Morph 
1.    Leave the City 
2.    Trees


Sarina Long

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