Twenty One Pilots, The Killers, Muse and More Dominate 2019 iHeartworkRadio ALTer Ego


For the second yr in a row, a number of the largest names in alt rock united on The Forum stage in Inglewood, Calif. on Saturday (Jan. 19).

Twenty One Pilots, The Killers, Muse, Weezer and Rise Against ran via a collective arsenal of hits spanning a long time, actually offering another for these seeking to dete from the largely pop and hip-hop-dominating music panorama, whereas relative newcomers Bishop Briggs and The Revivalists introduced latest favorites, too.

As individuals of all ages have been seen headbanging from the beginning of 21P’s pyro-filled opening set to the final moments of Muse’s explosive closing one, a cheerful truth was confirmed: alt music isn’t useless.

Here are the highlights from the second annual 2019 iHeartworkRadio ALTer Ego.

Twenty One Pilots deliver the jokes, set a automobile on fireplace

Tyler Joseph, the extra talkative half of Twenty One Pilots, informed the gang that that they had give you the thought of opening the present some time again. He then joked that when the remainder of the bands have been introduced, he and bandmate Josh Dun thought, “That is sensible.” Joseph additionally introduced their intention to ascertain a brand new phrase — “save the perfect for first” — which Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo had his personal response for, however extra on that later. The duo then employed their ordinary bodily stunts and pyrotechnics; anybody who’s seen their tour shall be accustomed to them setting a automobile aflame, however it’s spectacular each time.

Tom Morello shreds a guitar together with his enamel throughout Rise Against’s set

Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath devoted "Re-Education (Thru Labor)" to the lecturers of Los Angeles, who have been striking over a labor dispute for the previous week. "To all the general public faculty lecturers, to all of the educators, this track's for you,” he stated, incomes thunderous applause. The band’s vitality then skyrocketed when McIllrath introduced out a shock visitor, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, to carry out their collaboration “How Long.” In true rockstar style, Morello caught a guitar decide between his enamel and proceeded to play flawlessly. (Morello additionally recently performed at a lecturers’ rally in L.A. amid the strike).

Bishop Briggs dominates because the solo lady on the invoice

British musician and singer-songwriter Bishop Briggs was the only real lady on the lineup, and she or he informed the gang that she wasn’t about to take that accountability evenly. "I'm the lady on this lineup!” she yelled mid-performance. "There was the Women's March at this time,” she added, “and I simply need to thank iHeartwork and 98.7 for representing feminine musicians.” Briggs then weathered some tech points forward of her single “Baby,” however acquired via it like a professional, chatting with the gang in regards to the track’s which means. She closed out the set with breakout hit “River,” drawing everybody to their toes as if by magnetic pressure.

Weezer’s total set, principally

Rivers & Co. set off the primary confetti cannons of the evening (by Muse, the ground was three layers of confetti deep) throughout “Buddy Holly,” then gave followers a style of their upcoming Black Album with a efficiency of lead single “Can’t Knock the Hustle.” Cuomo additionally known as again to Twenty One Pilots’ opening quip, retorting, “Save the perfect for the center.” Still, he made amends by admitting he’d love for 21P to ask Weezer on tour this summer time. Oh, they usually performed “Africa,” as they probably will for the remainder of time.

Muse show they’re from the long run

If you’re new to the alt rock establishment that’s Muse, you may not know that it’s sort of their factor to embrace expertise, and kind of invent their very own devices. At ALTer Ego, frontman Matt Bellamy performed his custom “Mattocaster,” a guitar of his personal design with MIDI functionality and a contact display screen. Reason sufficient to geek out, till one seen that bassist Chris Wolstenholme, too, was switching between a guitar with light-up inlays that modified with every track — and a singular doubleneck bass, which additionally featured a contact display screen. Truly, we're all residing in 2019, however Muse is already in 3019.

iHeartworkRadio ALTer Ego 2019 Setlists

Twenty One Pilots




Holding on to You


My Blood

Stressed Out

Car Radio


The Revivalists

Oh No

You & I

All My Friends

Wish I Knew You



Rise Against


House on Fire

Prayer of the Refugee

Re-Education (Through Labor)


How Long

The Violence


Bishop Briggs

The Way I Do

Hallowed Ground

Wild Horses





Undone – The Sweater Song

Island within the Sun

Beverly Hills

Hash Pipe

Buddy Holly

Can't Knock the Hustle

Pork and Beans

Say It Ain't So



The Killers

The Man

Somebody Told Me


Read My Mind

Mr. Brightside

All These Things That I've Done

When You Were Young







Thought Contagion

Supermassive Black Hole

Time Is Running Out