While Columbus’ own twenty one pilots have been hitting the road after dropping a new album earlier this year, the Grammy winners took their tour to a children’s hospital in Missouri to visit fans.
According to KTVI, two super fans at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital made a video asking the duo to come visit before their concert in St. Louis Friday night. Sure enough, vocalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun walked through the hospital doors to a sea of smiles.
“It’s crazy. I can’t believe they came,” Rachal Sancoucie, one of the patients who made the video, told KTVI. Sancoucie suffers from liver disease, and even though she wasn’t well enough to attend the concert, it was a visit she will never forget.
“It means a lot,” she said. “They present a melancholy feeling. It’s what you feel in a hospital; it’s not horrible but not nice.”
Joseph brought his ukulele and sang for the kids, and then he and Dun spent time talking with patients, signing autographs and taking photos. Even hospital staffers were excited about the visit, saying they use the band’s songs in music therapy — something the band connects with.
“It’s a language spoken all over the world,” Joseph said. “It’s something so powerful and to see it being used in an environment like this, it’s encouraging but also inspiring.”
The visit was the duo’s first visit to a children’s hospital, and it left a lasting impression.
“Music’s gotten me through hard times and coming and seeing what these kids battle every day and using music, you know, it makes me feel emotional,” Dun said.
“It was an honor to come talk to these kids,” Joseph added.