There’s clearly nothing more exhilarating than an epic stage dive or crowdsurf moment. The rush you get when you’re in the moment with the music pounding is absolutely incomparable.
Artists are no exception as many have joined in the fun during their own set. From the good, the bad and the ugly, here are 16 of the craziest stage dive moments.
1. Post Malone
Post Malone wasn’t exactly feeling like a rock star during a 2017 stage dive attempt where the crowd failed to catch him during a stop on his Stoney tour. However, during the same run, Posty got a second chance to pull it off.
2. twenty one pilots
Back at Reading And Leads Festival in 2016, twenty one pilots frontman Tyler Joseph opted for his typical fan interactive moment during “Car Radio.” While stadium shows usually have Joseph running to the back of the venue and hopping up on a platform, this time the singer tried to make his way there by crowdsurfing. The stunt didn’t exactly go as planned as fans started shredding his shirt.
3. Katy Perry
Katy Perry stage dived not once, not twice but three times (at least) at Warped Tour. The pop singer famously did a dive during then-boyfriend and Relient K frontman Matt Thiessen’s set in 2003. Five years later, Perry was on the tour herself, doing the deed during both her set and 3OH!3’s.
4. Papa Roach
Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix completely skipped surfing the crowd and went straight for the water. The band were on the bill for Mötley Crüe-led Crüe Fest in 2008 along with Buckcherry, Sixx:A.M. and Trapt. At the tour’s Jones Beach Theater stop in Wantagh, New York, Shaddix got super into “Last Resort.” At the song’s end, which also marked the band’s set conclusion, the singer ditched his shoes and jumped into the surrounding Zach’s Bay for a quick dip.
Halsey may have moshed like crazy at a recent the Story So Far gig, but her crowdsurfing days extend back even further. The singer is constantly defending her emo upbringing, most recently after praising Bring Me The Horizon’s amo. The latter drew a response from BMTH bassist Matt Kean, who confirmed her crowdsurfing at the Starland Ballroom in 2009. As a result, Halsey jumping on the crowd throughout her ever-changing eras should come as no surprise, including an energetic Lollapalooza set in 2015.
Slipknot’s Sid Wilson is well-known for his death-defying dives into the crowd. The higher, the better: Wilson often scales speakers and venue structures before taking his leap. While most of his dives went off without a hitch, Slipknot’s headlining set at the first stop of the 2008 Mayhem Festival was less than smooth. Wilson landed incorrectly, breaking both of his heels and spent the majority of the remaining run in a wheelchair.
7. Machine Gun Kelly
Machine Gun Kelly delivers a performance as energetic as his fast raps, using the entire room as his stage. While the rapper still climbs anything he can, nothing beats the Lace Up-era sets where he scaled venue balconies and beams before diving into the crowd during “Wild Boy.”
8. Palaye Royale
What’s more punk rock than crowdsurfing on a coffin pool floaty at Warped Tour? Absolutely nothing, and Palaye Royale frontman Remington Leith took full advantage of that.
Back in 2013, Warped Tour headed across the pond to London’s Alexandra Palace. Watsky was among the lineup, and the rapper/poet took full advantage of the punk-rock aesthetic of the tour. He scaled a 40-foot lighting rig before diving down into the crowd. He landed on two fans, and while he was fine, he ended up breaking one of the bystander’s arms. Watsky later released a statement, apologizing and explaining, “It was stupid and wildly irresponsible.”
10. FEVER 333
FEVER 333 shows (or demonstrations) are quite an epic experience—just ask Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe. The band as a whole deliver incomparable energy, but frontman Jason Aalon Butler often embarks into the crowd. From climbing balconies to jumping into the mosh pit, nothing compares to a FEVER show.
11. Lil Uzi Vert
Paramore’s No. 1 fan Lil Uzi Vert took a cue from the alt artists he listens to and upped his performance with a two-story dive at 2017’s Rolling Loud Festival that quickly went viral. The rapper followed it up the next year at the same festival with a similarly death-defying jump into his fans.
12. Limp Bizkit
In the spring of 1998, Limp Bizkit headed out on their Ladies Night In Cambodia tour with Sevendust and Clutch as support. In the midst of their headlining set at the Hammerstein Ballroom, frontman Fred Durst scaled the stage via the truss. Once up there, Durst later explained to MTV that the crowd was egging him on. “Everybody was just screaming to jump, and I was going, ‘I can’t back down now,’” he says. Accepting the challenge, Durst landed on the crowd safely “It was scary,” he told MTV. “If I hit the ground, I would’ve died for sure.”
13. Panic! At The Disco
In 2013, Fall Out Boy ended their hiatus with Save Rock And Roll and the subsequent tour of the same name. Panic! At The Disco and twenty one pilots were on as support in one of the most impressive lineups to grace the scene. In the midst of the tour, Panic! did a one-off headlining show at The Rave in Milwaukee. Brendon Urie ended the set with a backflip followed by a stage dive during “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” in a moment that’s truly peak Panic! At The Disco.
14. Simple Plan
Simple Plan ended the final cross-country run of Warped Tour in style, bringing out a plethora of guests during their sets to capture the essence of the festival. During one stop, singer Pierre Bouvier hit the kit while drummer Chuck Comeau took to the front of the stage. Admitting he’s not much of a vocalist, Comeau recruited State Champs’ Derek DiScanio to take on “I’m Just A Kid” while he dove into the crowd.
15. Bring Me The Horizon
Taste Of Chaos 2009 featured a stacked lineup including Thursday, Bring Me The Horizon, Pierce The Veil, Four Year Strong and Cancer Bats. At the New York City stop, BMTH frontman Oli Sykes stood atop a stage structure during “Football Season Is Over,” ending the song by diving down below.
16. A Day To Remember
A Day To Remember frontman Jeremy McKinnon took crowdsurfing to a whole new level with the band’s hamster ball stunt. The origin stretches back to 2011, stemming from the desire to “do something kind of ridiculous” during their set.
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