At this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, Twenty One Pilots performed onstage with A$AP Rocky – but the duo originally said they’d “pass” on appearing.
“There was an artist they mentioned and we said, ‘Thank you, but we’re going to pass. It doesn’t make sense for us for a number of reasons,’” Tyler Joseph told AltPress.
“And we thought that was it: We had blown out chance to play the VMAs — and it’s gone forever. But it was a good decision and it made sense.
“Then MTV came back to us and said, ‘What about A$AP Rocky?’ I started diving into what he’s all about, and although it’s very different from what we’re coming, there was a like-mindedness.
“It was one of the favourite moments of my career. Not because of what everyone saw, but just the learning process of working with another artists and working with the politics of what it means to work on a stage that big.”
In the end, the two acts played a medley of Twenty One Pilots songs ‘HeavyDirtySoul’ and ‘Lane Boy’, and A$AP Rocky songs ‘M’$’ and ‘L$D’.
Twenty One Pilots will tour the UK in support of their new album, ‘Blurryface’, early next year. The dates are:
18 Leeds O2 Academy
19 Newcastle O2 Academy
20 Glasgow Barrowland
21 Manchester Academy
23 Birmingham O2 Academy
24 London O2 Academy Brixton
25 London O2 Academy Brixton
27 Nottingham Rock City
28 Bristol O2 Academy
29 Portsmouth Guildhall