Twenty One Pilots Visit Hospitalized Teens Who Were Too Sick to See Their Concert
The musical duo, which hails from Ohio, performed for fans at a St. Louis hospital before the concert.
When Twenty One Pilots traveled to St. Louis for a concert, one group of fans was unable to make it.
So the band went to them instead, performing for the teenagers at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital last week.
Frontman Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun visited the hospital Friday, a month after patients and staff uploaded a video asking the band to visit.
"Twenty One Pilots is meaningful to me because it has had a big role in the music I listen to while recovering," liver patient Rachael Sansoucie, who came up with the idea, explained in the video.
"Their music just kind of helped with my anxiety," cancer patient Rue Davis added.
Her family promised they would take her to a Twenty One Pilots show when the band was back in town, "and then I got sick," she said.
Joseph and Dun got the message. When they traveled to St. Louis for a concert at the Enterprise Center, they made sure they had time for their special fans and visited them hours before the concert.
As everyone applauded, they met patients and staff, shook hands and signed autographs. Joseph performed "We Don't Believe What's On TV" on a ukulele for the crowd, who helped him sing the chorus.
"You guys inspired us in a lot of ways so that's why we're here," he told them. "Thanks so much for having us!"
Rue Davis' mom, Gara, said her daughter was so excited about the visitors.
"It's been a hard week," she said. "So she really needed something positive so this is above positive. This is amazing."
Joseph said it was an honor to meet the youngsters and to see what the music means to them.
"That’s what music can do," he said. "When I first turned to music as a songwriter it was because I was able to say something that I couldn’t quite express in everyday conversation, and then from there the love of music grew and it’s a language that's spoken all over the world.
"It's something that’s really powerful and to see it being used in an environment like this — it's encouraging but also inspiring for us to see."
"Music's gotten me through hard times," he said. "Coming and seeing what some of these kids battle every day using music makes me feel emotional."
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