If you’ve been hearing Twenty One Pilots’ song “Stressed Out” on the radio all the time, it’s because the group has become incredibly popular. Just who are these guys who are selling out shows in every city they visit – including selling out their Madison Square Garden date when tickets went on sale this week? Here’s some quick facts all fans need to know:
1. In 2009, college friends Tyler Joseph, Nick Thomas and Chris Salih formed the group in Columbus, Ohio. That same year, they put out a self-released album called Twenty One Pilots and followed up with a second self-released album in 2011 called Regional at Best. Thomas and Salih eventually left the group due to their busy schedules, and Joseph was joined by Josh Dun. It wasn’t until 2012 that they were signed by Fueled by Ramen. Under the label, they released the albums Vessel in 2013 and Blurryface in 2015.
2. Tyler Joseph named the band after studying the play All My Sons by Arthur Miller, which was based on true events. The story is about a man who caused the death of twenty one pilots during World War II by sending them faulty airplane parts for the good of his business. The moral dilemma he faces about what to do about his family was the inspiration for the band’s name.
3. The band’s first radio hit “Holding on to You”, reached number 11 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in 2013. However, it was in 2014 that they broke into the mainstream with “Car Radio”, which they performed at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.
4. The duo often wears ski masks onstage and in their videos. Listen to them explain why:
5. They sure know how to put on a show! During their recent Milwaukee concert at Rave’s Eagles Ballroom, they gave each other tattoos on stage!