Judah & the Lion remembers “incredible” experience opening for Twenty One Pilots ahead of Tour de Columbus show

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaJudah & the Lion opened for Twenty One Pilots on their arena tour earlier this year, and they’ll do it again this Saturday, June 24 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Speaking with ABC Radio, Judah banjo player Nate Zuercher says that opening for the “Heathens” duo was “incredible.”

“We’ve been fans of them for years,” says Zuercher. “I saw them in Nashville maybe four years ago for like 50 people. So to get asked to go on tour with them and play arenas, it was so cool to get to see them, but also to see how everything worked.”

“We definitely learned a lot from [vocalist] Tyler [Joseph] and [drummer] Josh [Dun],” adds mandolin player Brian Macdonald. “Just about how they treat what they do very seriously and…give their heart to it and their all to it. So yeah, it was an awesome experience.”

On the tour, the members of Judah & the Lion were most impressed by the dedication of Twenty One Pilots’ fans.

“I think the first show was in Rhode Island, and we got there and found out people had been camping for two days to get inside,” says Zuercher. “This was in January so it’s, like, absurd that they’re doing this.”

“But it was amazing, ’cause we would go on stage and almost the whole place would be full, and everyone seemed like they were right with us,” he adds. 

Judah & the Lion will likely experience that feeling again this Saturday. The show is a part of Twenty One Pilots’ Tour de Columbus, a five-date tour of the duo’s hometown.

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