Twenty One Pilots put on the kind of live show you have to see to believe. Singer Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun emerge from backstage in ski masks. They crowdsurf on a platform while playing drums. Joseph crawls through the crowd inside a giant red hamster ball. Dun does a backflip off of Joseph’s piano. Joseph climbs the stage to nerve-wracking heights, singing all the while.
The duo play a mix of alternative rock, electro-pop, hip hop, and indie, and released an album, Blurryface, in 2015.
Twenty One Pilots are in the midst of 11-month tour dubbed the Emotional Roadshow World Tour. The band performs at venues ranging from amphitheaters the size of Berkeley, California’s 8,500-capacity Greek Theatre to Pennsylvania’s 30,000-capacity Hersheypark Stadium.
This poses some challenges for the audio crew, but they selected a 72-box Meyer Sound LYON linear line array rig, supplied by VER Tour Sound.
Independent engineer Adam Stroop runs monitors on the Emotional Roadshow World Tour. For the monitor set-up, the band occasionally relies on side fills from Leopard cabinets on each side of the stage. He likes having loudspeakers that are “very controllable, very smooth. That’s really hard to beat.”
For Twenty One Pilots’ biggest shows, the crew will use up to six Leopard boxes per side for greater horizontal coverage.