Posted: 11:22 am Monday, October 17th, 2016
By Kyle Taylor
With the help of musical guest twenty one pilots and host Lin- Manuel Miranda, Saturday Night Live opened it’s 42nd season last week with it’s most watched episode in 12 years, averaging 7.14 million viewers. That’s a 24% jump from last year’s originals, in which SNL averaged 5.748 million viewers. If I had to guess, I would attribute that 24% difference to twenty one pilots fans…. Either way SNL, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and twenty one pilots all crushed it last Saturday night, all while etching their names in the record books.
Lin Maranda’s opening monologue included a joke that despite his Hamilton success, he still wasn’t a household name. Seeing him without the pony tail for the first time certainly threw me off and made him look like any other audience member. Twenty one pilots are in the same boat. While the clique is growing by the hour, they aren’t necessarily recognizable to the average household. Sure, anybody that has turned on their radio within the last year has heard their music, but the average listener probably can’t put a face (or name) to that music. Last Saturday night may have changed all of that. Miranda, flying high off of the smash hit success of Hamilton, just leapt from the stages of Broadway into the stages of American living rooms. Twenty one pilots put a personality to the music almost everyone is familiar with. Now every time someone mouths the lyrics, “my name is ‘Blurryface’ and I care what you think” to their hit song “Stressed Out“, they will be able to place the faces behind the music.
Tyler and Josh opened their set with “Heathens”, their hit song off of the Suicide Squad soundtrack, and closed the show with “Ride”. Both songs were performed with the backing of an orchestra, which created soaring, almost Broadway-esque versions of each song. I was absolutely digging it. Surely, I expected the songs would sound slightly different than their live or studio versions, but I wasn’t expecting the orchestra.