Last Thursday, OneRepublic took over The Forum as part of this summer’s Honda Civic Tour and brought a side Los Angeles fans haven’t seen in their decade-spanning hit career. The quintet performed their infectious pop tunes and wildly popular emotional ballads with musical perfection, but the moments in between the music truly showed the band’s passion for music and connection to their fans.

Opener “Stop and Stare” immediately demonstrated the band’s ability to craft dramatic, infectious songs and the following “Secrets” and “Kids” showcased OneRepublic’s diverse, well-crafted discography of four successful albums. Ryan Tedder’s impressive vocals were on display as his belts stretched dizzyingly high, well past the recorded vocals of songs like “I Lived” and “Let’s Hurt Tonight”.

OneRepublic effortlessly transitions between stadium-filling epics and intimate tracks. Tedder performed piano, guitar and drums (briefly) throughout the night as the pyramid-shaped stage displayed a stunning light show, which shone best during the Alesso-remixed “If I Love Myself”.

Tedder is well-known as OneRepublic’s lead singer, but is also one of our generation’s most prolific songwriters and producers, which he briefly discussed after warning the audience, “some of you may not care.” He explained his history and desire to perform songs on this tour that he originally penned, including Ed Sheeran’s “Happier” and Beyonce’s “Halo”, another opportunity for Tedder to perform falsetto acrobatics.

During the stripped-down portion of the evening, however, Tedder confessed to fans his fear of this tour. After touring non-stop over two years off their third album Native, Tedder said the band hit the wall and wanted to quit music, but this tour had reinvigorated them. “Now we release music when we want to,” he explained, and thanked fans for reminding them what a strong, supportive following they have.

While the band was touring in support of their most recent release, this year’s Oh My My, I of course heard young fans laugh in the lobby about wanting to hear their hit debut “Apologize”. Tedder announced the band’s debut single was celebrating the ten year anniversary of its release that week, also noting that may have been when some audience members “were like seven years old”.

The encore made use of the packed arena as Tedder demanded cell phones light up to “Counting Stars”. The Tedder-written Adele track “Rumor Has It” nearly brought the house down as opener Fitz and the Tantrums returned to the stage. The pulsating “Love Runs Out” ended the evening, a performance packed with wall-to-wall hits and unforgettable musical talent.

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