Twenty One Pilots’ SNL performance went off without a hitch on Saturday night. As the musical guest for Saturday Night Live‘s second episode of the historic comedy show’s current and 42nd season, Twenty One Pilots’ Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun joined host Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame in a star-studded SNL broadcast featuring guest appearances from Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, and Jimmy Fallon. Watch the Twenty One Pilots performances below.
During their SNL appearance, Twenty One Pilots kicked things off with their recent Suicide Squad hit, “Heathens.” Backed by a string orchestra, musicians Joseph and Dun delivered a triumphant rendition of their soundtrack contribution to David Ayer’s DC Extended Universe superhero film. One of Twenty One Pilots’ biggest chart successes, “Heathens” is tied only with their summer 2015 smash, “Stressed Out,” as their highest ranking single.
For their second Saturday Night Live musical spot of the evening, Twenty One Pilots doubled-down with a swaying performance of “Ride,” the latest single from their double platinum-certified Blurryface album. Holding his trusty Fender Jaguar bass tight, Twenty One Pilots singer Tyler Joseph delighted SNL‘s in-studio audience, as well as NBC television viewers nationwide, with the quasi-reggae number that hit No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
As mentioned, Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda hosted the high-powered SNL episode. During the broadcast, the lauded Broadway celebrity joked that even he doesn’t possess the same star power as the chart-topping Twenty One Pilots, SNL musical guests. According to Rolling Stone, Miranda lamented that he’s still not a household name like Joseph and Dun’s Twenty One Pilots outfit, despite his wide Hamilton acclaim.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the SNL-endorsed Twenty One Pilots are one of the most successful musical acts in recent memory, joining rock music royalty in their chart-topping achievements of hit songwriting. The two tunes that Twenty One Pilots performed on SNL on Saturday, “Heathens” and “Ride,” were simultaneous top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100, a feat previously only accomplished by the Beatles and Elvis Presley.
While a new album from Twenty One Pilots may be a ways off, the group’s fans are currently clamoring to hear new material from the thriving pop duo. As also previously covered by the Inquisitr, a Blurryface follow-up from the SNL-starring pair of Joseph and Dun is still in the very early stages of creation.
According to a recent piece from Alternative Press, Twenty One Pilots’ main singer and songwriter, Tyler Joseph, anticipates the band’s next album as being even more musically adventurous.
“I’m looking forward to what an even more confident Twenty One Pilots record sounds like. I’m not saying the songs will sound confident, I’m saying the song structures will.”
Last week, on Saturday, October 1, Saturday Night Live‘s season opener episode featured Suicide Squad‘s very own Harley Quinn, actress Margot Robbie, hosting alongside musical guest, The Weeknd. Next week’s third new Saturday Night Live episode of the season, scheduled to air on Saturday night, October 15, will feature The Girl on the Train actress Emily Blunt as host, with superstar Bruno Mars playing the part of SNL musical guest.
What did you think of Twenty One Pilots’ SNL performance? Were you impressed with the duo’s musical dexterity and ability to perform their “Heathens” and “Ride” hits in front of a nationwide television audience? Are you a big Twenty One Pilots fan, and if so, what’s your favorite song by the group?
Did you enjoy the recent episode’s Saturday Night Live host and Hamilton star, Lin-Manuel Miranda? What did you think of the comical SNL guest spots from the likes of Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and Jimmy Fallon? Let us know your thoughts on Twenty One Pilots and SNL in the comments section.
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