->"''I always keep a lighter in my back pocket. I'm not a smoker; I just really like certain songs.''"
-->-- '''Creator/DemetriMartin'''

Whenever some epic music plays, (or usually just any music) there's a chance of some guy raising up a lighter, cellphone, candles or just miming doing so and swaying with the music (or the music in their head). Maybe they get a crowd to join in on it, or maybe they are the only person going with it, just standing there as if they were at a concert, when they are at a wedding reception. Either way, it's usually PlayedForLaughs as well as to bring {{melodrama}} into the moment. Occasionally, it might even have the lighters set off fire alarms or sprinklers.

This joke originally developed as a reference to "Freebird" by Music/LynyrdSkynyrd. The lighters were originally used as silent applause during an encore, but use has extended occasionally to otherwise very moving songs as well (or in the case of parodies, maybe not so moving songs).

In modern times, some people may hold up their cell phones instead; there's even smartphone apps intended to simulate a lighter's flame.




* A Heineken commercial showed a tongue-in-cheek explanation of this trope. Man sets beer on ground. He goes back for it and has to illuminate the ground with his lighter. When he comes back up, the entire crowd has their lighters lit.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In one ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'' strip, Darryl and Wanda go to a Crosby, Stills & Nash concert. When they play "Teach Your Children", everyone around them is holding up a lighter. Wanda asks Darryl to hold up "anything that glows" since they don't have a lighter or cell phone on them, so he pulls out a picture of their daughter Zoe, as a cute gesture from his part.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In the Cosgrove Hall animated adaptation of ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', the audience waves lit candlesticks during the Band With Rocks In's final concert.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Occurs in ''Film/UndercoverBrother'' while the title character and Penelope Snow [[spoiler:AKA White She Devil]] are karaoke singing "Ebony and Ivory".
* In the sequel to ''Film/WaynesWorld'', Garth tries this and winds up setting some guys hair on fire.
* Done during AudienceParticipation in ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' during the song "Over at the Frankenstein Place", with the cue being "there's a light..."
* The film adaptation of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' has a melancholic version of this trope towards the end. After [[spoiler:Dumbledore dies and his body is found at the foot of the ramparts]], the crowd of people gathered raise their wands in tribute to the [[TheArchmage great wizard,]] [[TheMentor teacher and mentor]]. Their wand tips are lit, and the collective energy burns away the Dark Mark in the sky above, sending a clear [[DefiantToTheEnd We Will Not Surrender]] message.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Used in ''Series/{{Glee}}'' during Kurt and Blaine's rendition of "Candles" by HeyMonday at regionals. The audience held up plastic candles.
* ''Series/HomeImprovement'': when the guys from K&B Construction come on [[ShowWithinAShow "Tool Time"]] and play their tools as instruments, Tim, Al & Lisa (the Tool Time Girl, played by Creator/PamelaAnderson) use grill lighters.
* An episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' has Ted and Robin do this while Marshall sings a song about Barney getting slapped in the face.
* Happens occasionally in ''Series/That70sShow'' when the gang goes to concerts.
* The final episode of ''Series/PhoenixNights'' features a StarsInYourEyes night, during which Brian Potter and Jerry St. Clair recreate Music/EltonJohn and Music/GeorgeMicheal's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" duet which the audience respond to with this trope.

* Referenced in "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" by Music/JakeOwen ("Never gonna grow up / Never gonna slow down / We were shining like lighters in the dark in the middle of a rock show").
* Also referenced in "Lighters" by Music/BrunoMars and Bad Meets Evil.
* Invoked by [[Music/MiracleOfSound Gavin Dunne]] during a live performance at the Escapist expo (recorded [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AR7hpn4ML_M here]])
* Referenced by Music/{{Halestorm}} in the song "Rock Show".
* Music/{{Staind}}'s live recording of "Outside" also features Fred Durst of Music/LimpBizkit, whose most noticeable contribution to the performance is to say "I'm feelin' those lighters, y'all!" to the crowd.
* Invoked by Music/TheyMightBeGiants. During live performances of "Careful What You Pack" and "Madam, I Challenge You To A Duel", Flansburgh has asked the audience to hold up their cellphones to shed light on the band as they play.
* Music/JayZ's "Empire State of Mind" (and by extension, Music/AliciaKeys' "Empire State of Mind II: Broken Down") references this trope with the bridge line "Put your lighters in the air, everybody say 'Yeah! Yeah!'".
* Music/{{Roxette}}'s "Listen to Your Heart" video has the audience wave sparklers during the finale.
* Referenced in Five for Fighting's "Slice": "No cell phones, just twenty thousand lights, swayin' on a Saturday night alright."
* Invoked in Music/VNVNation's {{power ballad}} "Nova", with the lines "Light the fire in me" and "Shine your light on me".
* Concert performances of Music/{{CHVRCHES}}' appropriately named "Afterglow" commonly invoke this trope.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* This has become a staple of Wrestling/BrayWyatt's entrance, as fans will hold up their cell phones in the darkened arena as his calm, eerie entrance music plays. He refers to the lights as his "fireflies."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The local currency in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' (a.k.a. ''HeavyMetal: The Game'') are the Fire Tributes, which are actually signs of approval by the [[PhysicalGod Gods of Metal]] and appear as 2D hands holding lighters whenever you do something awesome like jumping over a canyon in your hot rod or beating a mission.
* Certain encore performances in ''VideoGame/GuitarHero II'' are accompanied by members of the audience waving lighters. (Yes, Free Bird is one of them.)
* {{Discussed}} by Quentin from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', who tells you that it would be nice if you held up a lighter during his band's concert. The drummer, Phoebe, isn't too happy about this proposal since, due to problems with controlling her [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinetic]] powers, fire is a sore subject with her.
* Playing well enough in the level "Guitar Solo" of ''VideoGame/MrBones'' would have your skeletal audience hold up candles.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''
** Strong Bad holds up a lighter at the end of the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "guitar" after an over-enthusiastic reenactment of him jamming with Strong Mad and The Cheat.
** In an Easter egg in the [=SBEmail=] "portrait", Homestar breaks out a lighter while Strong Bad "plays" the keyswordtaur.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'', TMBG "She was a hotel detective" video.
* ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'': Done with magical fires in the last panel of [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2005-12-06 this]] strip.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The [=PistolShrimps=] ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPVolA1K1Ug Harry Potter Starts a Band]]'' features a scene from the Film/HarryPotter films, made to look as it their raised wands are lighter substitutes as they badly sing along with Whitney Huston's "I Will Always Love You".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* This was parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode, "Band Geeks", with footage of a live-action audience holding up lighters during the performance by Squidward and his band.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode where Bart switches the harmonium player's music to "In the Garden of Eden" (actually "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" by Music/IronButterfly), people in the congregation [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4g-wx2Y_wg#t=0m57s hold up lighted candles.]]
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' when they're watching a reunion concert of Music/TheBeastieBoys. Fry does this and a couple of nearby aliens follow suit with some glowing anglerfish-like protrusions.
* In "Sad About You" on ''[[WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot]]'', as Harmony Bear performs a heartfelt song to show that music can convey a wide range of emotions, Grumpy Bear pulls a couple of candles (they appear to be electronic or glow-stick type) out of his [[LessEmbarrassingTerm "Care-y-all"]] and he and the human visitor Joy start waving them.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' episode "See Jane Run", Trent lifts a Zippo in tribute to his sister at a track meet.
* This trope was among many parodied by the Warner Brothers (and the Warner sister!) on ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "The Son Also Draws," a touching reconciliation between Peter and his son Chris is greeted with a round of 70s folk classic "Cat's In The Cradle" by a forest of hallucinogenic talking trees. Then one of them raises a lighter and they all burst into flames.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' episode "Boyz 4 Now" the audience does this with their cell phones during the titular boy band's concert.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E24TheManeAttraction The Mane Attraction]]", many unicorns in the audience (including Rarity) light up their horns in a manner similar to this trope when Coloratura performs "The Magic Inside".

[[folder:Real Life]]
* During the Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert at Madison Square Garden on 12/12/2012, Music/AliciaKeys asked fans to do this with cell phones, as she played "No One" on the piano.
* There's an app that will let you induce a simulation of this on your smartphone.
* More recently, most smartphones now have LED camera flashes that can be lit continuously to use as flashlights, and this is what people will raise in tribute.
* After Music/{{Prince}} died, movie theaters across America showed Movie/PurpleRain in tribute. Many a lighter was raised at the end.