Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, the Ohio duo that makes up the hit-factory known as TWENTY ØNE PILØTS is finding themselves embroiled in a legal battle over their name. It isn’t a case where someone else wants the rights to their name, but more than a few people have been disappointed in the lack of piloting or airplanes on their latest tour.
“We’re very glad that there are no actual aeronautics taking place at these shows, since the supposed 21 Pilots aren’t actually pilots, but it still leaves much to be desired for the characterization and benefit that the name is doing for them. People might be expecting a grand air show or something really cool and instead they get two kids constantly holding on to their ear pieces to make it look like it’s really hard to sound that generic,” said Michael Whitaker, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. “We need to make sure there are checks and balances in place so that people don’t feel like they’re being taken for a ride or lied to. You can’t just call yourself Bare Naked Ladies and have no nudie dancing at your show. Those guys aren’t around anymore because of that stunt. It just doesn’t work that way. It was sort of okay with Stone Temple Pilots, because no one knew what they meant with that name, so no one expected any aviation at those shows.”
Furthermore, the Division of Weights and Measures has something to say about the situation as well. They want to join in on the suit against TWENTY ØNE PILØTS, as there are only two of them. The number is grossly exaggerating the amount of them there are, despite other performers usually joining them on stage to round out the roster to include more live instruments. TWENTY ØNE PILØTS has been trying to think up other names for themselves but have come up empty, so far.