Twenty One Pilots kicked off their “Takeover Tour” in Denver with progressively larger shows at the Bluebird, Ogden, Mission Ballroom, and Ball Arena (formerly Pepsi Center). I was lucky enough to attend three of the four shows and photograph the one at Mission. Each show had a similar format but with a different twist for the intimate versus grand scale of each venue.
For example, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun started every show with just the two of them – as, obviously, they *are* the band. But new on this tour is a backing band – which added to the significant feel of this endeavor. I mean, I am no historian, but I don’t know of any band attempting a week in a city, playing a range of venues from 500 to 19,000 capacity – and still managing to make it a love letter to fans.
There was an acoustic set with a campfire theme in the middle of all the shows – and the larger venues boasted a real fire pit! While pyrotechnics and lasers filled Ball and Mission, Tyler was able to climb around the balconies at Bluebird and the Ogden. All shows included the traditional Josh Dun drum solos out in the crowd.
Meanwhile, openers Arrested Youth and Half-Alive were a great fit. They almost felt like bands that TØP wanted to make sure their fans knew about, especially Half-Alive, who created intricate dance routines to many of their songs. I saw them in 2019 at Globe Hall, and they joked they almost didn’t have enough songs to fill their set. Look at them now!
Twenty One Pilots’ Takeover Tour will also make stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Columbus (their hometown), and Atlanta. I hope you can catch one of the dates!
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Half•Alive – Mission Denver Photos
Twenty One Pilots – Mission Denver Photos
Twenty One Pilots Setlist
Takeover Tour – Mission Ballroom
September 23, 2021
Migraine / Morph / Holding On To You
Clancy Letter / Stay Low Intro
Formidable / Doubt / Tear in My Heart
I Can See Clearly Now / My Girl / Home
House of Gold / We Don’t Believe What’s on TV
Level of Concern (with “Low Rider” by WAR intro)
See my other posts from Mission Ballroom!