Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo from Columbus, Ohio. The band was formed in 2009 by lead vocalist Tyler Joseph along with Nick Thomas and Chris Salih, who left in 2011. The current line-up is Joseph and drummer Josh Dun. The duo’s fifth studio album, Trench, was released on October 5, 2018. They have won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Twenty One Pilots 2018 News
In April 2018, a cryptic message was uncovered on the band’s web store, which revealed a website. Fans began using the clues and found other sections of this site, hinting at the possibility of the band’s return. There were multiple images uploaded to the website, including letters from a character named “Clancy”. In July 2018, Twenty One Pilots broke their year-long silence, first sending a cryptic email to fans and later posting a video to all social media platforms and updating their logo and branding. Tyler Joseph made his first media appearance in over a year for an interview with Zane Lowe of Beats 1 from his own home studio in Columbus, Ohio, in which he spoke about the band’s year long hiatus, creating the new album, and battling against personal demons and insecurities.
On July 11, 2018, the band released two new songs, “Jumpsuit” and “Nico and the Niners”, as well as the music video for “Jumpsuit”. They also made the announcement of their fifth studio album, Trench, scheduled to be released on October 5, 2018, and a new world tour, titled “The Bandito Tour”, starting October 16. Later, on July 26, 2018, the music video for “Nico and the Niners” was released. The song “Levitate” was subsequently released as the album’s third single via Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show as the day’s “World Record”. The music video was also released, concluding the trilogy series.
On August 20, 2018, at the MTV VMAs, a ten second long snippet of the song “My Blood” was played at the end of a commercial promoting the album. On August 27, 2018, the band made “My Blood” available on streaming services as the album’s fourth official single. Twenty One Pilots released their fifth album, Trench, on October 5, 2018. On the same day, they released the music video for their single “My Blood” on their YouTube channel. Trench debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts. All 14 tracks from the album charted in the top 25 of the Hot Rock Songs chart, where five tracks were in the top 10.
On September 12, 2018, Twenty One Pilots played their first live show in over a year, titled A Complete Diversion, at Brixton’s O2 Academy in London. They performed the four released songs from Trench, as well as some songs from their previous albums, to promote the album and the upcoming “The Bandito Tour”. Twenty One Pilots performed their single “Jumpsuit” at the 2018 American Music Awards on October 9, at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. On November 1, the band performed stripped down versions of “My Blood” and “Ride”, as well as covered Damien Rice’s “9 Crimes”, in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. BBC Radio 1 visited the band in their hometown and filmed the session at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio, for the kickoff of the Live Lounge Month, a month-long series of performances from different artists.
On October 16, the band embarked on the worldwide Bandito Tour, starting in the United States and continuing with legs in Oceania and Europe. They also announced additional 2019 tour dates for shows in Canada, Mexico and the United States. On October 30, the band performed at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. Billboard’s Gab Ginsberg described The Bandito Tour as a must-see performance, noting the band’s stunts during the set which included leaping, backflipping, vertical crowd-surfing, suspended bridge walking, and scaffolding scaling. The band published two behind-the-scenes videos for the Bandito Tour series on their YouTube channel