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5 Things to Expect from Twenty One Pilots at the ‘Icy’ Tour

Twenty One Pilots - Icy Tour - Saint Paul Minnesota
Photography by Dylan Novacek.

Twenty One Pilots kicked off their Icy Tour in Saint Paul, Minnesota at the Xcel Energy Center. Touring behind their 2021 album Scaled and Icy, this is the first time many fans have seen the group since before the pandemic.

Always known for their incredible stage production and live performances, lead singer Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun started their latest tour with a bang. Here are five things you can expect from the duo on their latest trip for concerts (I hope older fans will get that reference.)

  1. Let It Snow

    Twenty One Pilots - Icy Tour - Saint Paul Minnesota
    Photography by Dylan Novacek.

    The show begins with a cinematic of the duo walking through a blizzard. They happen upon a blue door which leads them right to the stage. Emerging from the floor, Tyler and Josh bring the blizzard to us.

    Twenty One Pilots - Icy Tour - Saint Paul Minnesota
    Photography by Dylan Novacek.

    If you are in the front row, expect to walk out of your show covered in their artificial snow. It’s an incredibly cool effect that will happen throughout the night.

  2. A Perfect Setlist

    “There were a lot of times during the pandemic that I thought we were done. Like we hit our peak,” Tyler reflected as he looked out onto a nearly sold-out arena. Early in the set, he was almost brought to tears by the applause.

    Twenty One Pilots - Icy Tour - Saint Paul Minnesota
    Photography by Dylan Novacek.

    This tour feels like a well-earned victory lap for the band. With a discography spanning back to 2009, there will be something for everyone. Be ready to hear a lot of mashups and medleys. There are enough deep cuts and mega hits to please every single fan.

  1. Epic Visuals

    Twenty One Pilots - Icy Tour - Saint Paul Minnesota
    Photography by Dylan Novacek.

    Twenty One Pilots are masters at transforming their songs in a live setting. One thing that helps is the incredible use of visuals at the show. From the videos to the lasers and pyro – I was impressed with how immersive the experience was.

  2. Passionate Performances

    Twenty One Pilots - Icy Tour - Saint Paul Minnesota
    Photography by Dylan Novacek.

    Ever since their days performing in Apple Stores, Tyler and Josh have always brought 110% to their performances. They were truly born to perform in arenas and sell them out.

    The way Josh tears up his drum set, and the way Tyler jumps off his piano is breathtaking. This is truly something you can expect out of every Twenty One Pilots show.

    Twenty One Pilots - Icy Tour - Saint Paul Minnesota
    Photography by Dylan Novacek.

    Not only do they give it their all, but they connect with the audience and make you feel like the most important part of the show. Get ready to help carry the load as Tyler runs through the crowd. And be warned, you might need to help them crowd surf a drumkit, a ukulele, and maybe even a lead singer…

  1. Incredible Fans

    The community built around Twenty One Pilots is like no other. In fact, some fans even camped days in advance to get a great spot up front.

    Twenty One Pilots - Icy Tour - Saint Paul Minnesota
    Photography by Dylan Novacek.

    I’ve been following the group since 2013, and this was my sixth time seeing them. You can read about my last time at their show here!

    Each time, I look around the room and see nothing but love and positivity. As I’ve grown up with the group, I now see kids connecting with their music for the first time. Seeing their faces light up makes me so happy.

    Photography by Dylan Novacek.

    A Twenty One Pilots show is truly about fans and the community.

    On a more personal note, this show was especially important to me as it was the first time I personally got to be in their photo pit. Despite doing this job for half a decade, I still get star struck when I get to shoot for my favorite bands.

    Twenty One Pilots - Icy Tour - Saint Paul Minnesota
    Photography by Dylan Novacek.

    Being among the fanbase felt like a homecoming. After not seeing the band live since 2019, it was refreshing to see them once again. Each time I see Twenty One Pilots live I am reminded of why I fell in love with concerts in the first place.


Don’t miss Twenty One Pilots on the Icy Tour. Tickets are still available. Click here for tour dates.

Written by Dylan Novacek

Photographer, graphic designer, and multimedia storyteller from St. Paul. Most likely listening to CHVRCHES, Of Monsters and Men or Fall Out Boy. Once featured in the New York Times for using the bathroom during Avengers: Endgame.

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