Twenty One Pilots took on the most famous stage on television this past weekend when they performed on “Saturday Night Live,” hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda. After seeing them live on their Emotional Roadshow tour in June, I knew audiences could expect great things from TØP’s performance. Their live shows are unlike any other; they are constantly full of energy and their songs truly come to life when played live. The band was definitely able to bring that same energy to the small SNL stage.
TØP first performed “Heathens,” their hit song from the Suicide Squad soundtrack. The live version of this song was incredible. Frontman Tyler Joseph appeared on stage true to TØP’s style with the band’s logo painted on his hands. He started the song out on the piano before transitioning to playing the bass, slightly different than the studio version of this song. Drummer Josh Dun played energetically as usual, and there was even a small orchestra section in the back. The lighting for this performance was fantastic as well, appearing like bars over the stage, which was similar to the jail-themed video TØP did for this track.
Their second performance was of their song “Ride” from TØP’s double platinum album, Blurryface. Once again, Tyler Joseph switched up the song slightly, however this time it was for the bridge. He returned to the piano and really let his vocals shine on the SNL stage, and afterwards Dun came in with a great drum fill for the ending. By the end of the song, viewers could clearly see how happy both members of TØP were with the performance.
All in all, Twenty One Pilots did a fantastic job with their first performance on Saturday Night Live. If this was at all a predictor for the future, I would bet on TØP returning to the SNL stage.