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Imagine DragonsSynthesizing arena rock with EDM, this Las Vegas-based quartet defined mainstream rock in the 2010s. Seeing the band live really makes you want to get off your feet, and the lively lyrics will truly dare you to try and stand still in one place, as the music urges you to let go and give in to the feeling of the music flowing through your whole body as your hear it the amazing instrumentals and sounds.

Imagine Dragons broke through with their major label debut, 2012’s Night Visions. The album reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and the single “Radioactive” enjoyed heavy radio play and slowly rose up the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 3.

Currently on the Evolve World Tour, the quartet intitally built their grassroots following via an independently released string of EPs, before breaking out globally with multi-platinum debut album Night Visions back in 2012. It would see them embark on their first world tour, which turned into an extensive five-year run. Night Visions marked the first of several career highlights for Imagine Dragons, the album reaching #4 on the ARIA Album Chart and becoming Spotify’s most-streamed album, thanks to smash hits including the diamond-selling ‘ Radioactive ‘ – which took out ‘Best Rock Performance’ at the 2014 Grammys.


The band’s second studio album Smoke + Mirrors (2015) reached number one in the US, Canada and the UK. 10 11 The album was preceded by the top 40 single ” I Bet My Life “, and second and third singles, ” Gold ” and ” Shots “. The band then embarked on a ten month long world tour , which led to a brief hiatus in 2016, with occasional performances and soundtrack contributions throughout the remainder of the year.

The song’s universal appeal – and killer chorus – enabled ‘Radioactive’ to became Night Visions’ crucial breakout track. Initially a sleeper hit when first released, on 29 October 2012, it eventually peaked at No.3 on the Billboard 100 and remained on the chart for a remarkable 87 weeks, moving almost nine million copies in the process.

The band also performed on Good Morning America (2013, 108 2015 101 and 2017), American Music Awards (2013) , MTV Europe Music Awards (2013), Grammy Awards (2014), Saturday Night Live (2014), Billboard Music Awards (2014), and the MuchMusic Video Awards (2014). 109 110 They also headlined the MLB ‘s Target All-Star Concert (2014) and the inaugural Made In America Music Festival in Los Angeles. 111 The band performed as one of the summer concert lineup for The Today Show (2015). The band collaborated with Khalid at the American Music Awards (2017). The band was one of the headliners at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival on September 22 in Las Vegas, Nevada after finishing the last leg of their Evolve World Tour. They were set to perform again at the American Music Awards again the following year (2018), but had to cancel last minute due to a family emergency to one of the band members.

The line up consists of vocalist Dan Reynolds, bassist Ben McKee, drummer Daniel Platzman and guitarist Wayne Wing” Sermon. Originally formed in Provo, Utah, the band is now based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Reynolds’ hometown. Imagine Dragons released three EPs named Imagine Dragons,” Hell and Silence” (both released in 2010 and recorded in Battle Born Studios in Las Vegas, US) and It’s Time” before they signed a record deal with Interscope records.

I’m not sure if I had lower expectations than was fair of this band, who I’ve only seen once previously at Glastonbury ’14 (which mainly involved them all being covered in mud), but for me they massively over-delivered on staging, performance and energy to provide a fantastic night, culminating in the inevitable, uh, golden shower of glittery leaves from above. Excellent stuff.

Reynolds surrounds himself with serious musicians. His bandmates all hail from Berklee College of Music in Boston. There, they mostly played jazz before they hit the road with Reynolds, whose idea of a rock band was a bit different.

Many awkward choices of covers with awkward musical production choices. Feels like as they only have about 4 hits, they just spent the entire first hour of the concert stalling for time, giving every band member a chance for a below-average, horribly sounding solo.

I think it should be the burden of any decent artist, you know. There’s no point now in like taking up so much space, d’ya know what I mean? Like I think I’ve been accused of like maybe having a go at people about that, d’ya know what I mean? Did you see that guy from that Imagine Dragons — he went online quite recently and he’s kinda like Everyone’s like slagging off my band, everyone’s saying that like we’re not good enough or whatever.” And he was like Billy Corgan said it, and Matty from the 1975 said it.” And I was like, Bro, I didn’t say that.” And even if I did say that, why do you care? You’re a millionaire in a huge band, like, you don’t go, Oh I’m gonna do this and also can I be void of criticism.” It’s like, no.

But while Reynolds was busy touring with Imagine Dragons — which Billboard called by far the year’s most successful rock band” in 2017 — they never actually signed their divorce papers.

Overall, this show was a disappointment. There was a great band that put out a superb debut back in 2003 entitled ‘Songs about Jane.’ That band (Maroon 5) went on to release 4 more albums, with each being worse than the album before it. At the same time though, their radio play and recognition in the top 40 community has increased with each release. I think Imagine Dragons might be the next Maroon 5.

I haven’t been on the Imagine Dragons bandwagon as long as some have. I picked them up after Night Visions came out and they quickly became an act I needed to see. Their catchy blend of pop and rock elements was always going to be a winner live. And it was.

American indie and alternative rock group, Imagine Dragons was established in 2008 and is made up of four members from Las Vegas, Nevada (US). Overall it was a very good concert and the band were very into the music and were very grateful for what they have.

One of the most downloaded acts of 2013, the four-piece went on to support Muse and headline their own sold-out tour across America. During their final concert of the tour, they announced that they were taking a break to work on their second album. Towards the end of 2014 they revealed the title of the album as ‘Smoke + Mirrors’ and it was officially released in early 2015. As well as several singles from the album – ‘I Bet My Life’, ‘Gold’, ‘Shots’ and ‘Dream’ – the band also released two non-album singles onto iTunes – ‘Roots’ and ‘I Was Me’. After touring to promote the album, and recording songs for the films ‘Suicide Squad’ (‘Sucker for Pain’) and ‘Passengers’ (‘Levitate’), the band decided to take another short break before their hugely anticipated third album would be released.

Reynolds went on to call out some of Imagine Dragons’ past detractors, and expressed disappointment with the way those in the music industry seem to treat one another. I’ve gotten over the fact that guys in other bands ( The 1975 , Foster the People , Smashing Pumpkins , Slipknot, etc) feel a need to talk badly about my band for whatever reason,” Reynolds remarked.

The client’s goal was to generate hype and awareness for Imagine Dragons’ new single Believer.” Undertone’s PIXL Studios team brought the single’s artwork to life, drove audiences to Imagine Dragon’s Spotify page, and featured a selfie tool using a full-page takeover unit.

Night Visions” was a smash hit across the board as it was the highest charting rock album since 2006. It sold over 83,000 copies and reached the number one spot on Billboard’s Alternative and Rock Album chart. Other countries in which the album reached number one were the UK, Australia, Brazil, Mexico and Canada, to name but a few.

Reynolds made a run through the crowd during “On Top of the World”. The band covered Alphaville’s “Forever Young” to great effect, and played the vast majority of the Smoke + Mirrors album, along with the greatest from their prior album.

Reynolds also has scored some points with his own kids — three young daughters — thanks to Imagine Dragons’ new song Zero,” which the band wrote for the Disney animated film Ralph Breaks the Internet,” out Nov. 21.

The story of Imagine Dragons and their rise in popularity is an inspiring one. They’re a band that put out a 4.5 star album (Night Visions) and toured religiously until it finally caught on. They played small clubs and were on the bottom of lineup posters just three years ago. Now they’re one of the biggest bands around, headlining festivals and performing in arenas every night.

What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas, and Imagine Dragons are living proof. Named Billboard’s Breakthrough Band of 2013, the alt-rock foursome has quickly become the biggest Vegas band since The Killers, rising to international fame with hits like It’s Time” and Demons.” Propelled by their inventive mix of acoustic and electronic elements, 2012 debut Night Visions peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with three Top 40 singles including Radioactive,” which spent more than one consecutive year on the Billboard Hot 100. Some things belong in Vegas, but when it comes to live music, some secrets are too good to keep – fans looking for a little piece of Sin City can skip the plane ticket and catch Imagine Dragons LIVE in concert on the 2013 Night Visions Tour.

Reynolds is a rock star by any measure, but if you look at his Instagram these days it’s more about family than fame. Having almost lost his footing once Reynolds isn’t slaying dragons anymore, he’s imagining just how high dragons can fly.



Led by frontman Dan Reynolds , Imagine Dragons is an American alt-rock band that originated in Las Vegas. While the band began in 2008, the group boasted an entirely different roster than most are familiar. Before releasing their debut album, Night Visions in 2012, the band released eight EPs over four years, constantly shifting their sound and roster from folk to the crowd-shattering anthems they’ve been known for since.

The concert was really great. Every members of the band had SO much energy that they shared with the public. Dan Reynolds made a speech on the LGBT youth at some point during the concert and that was great, he spoke with his heart and the public gave this love back. The light were blowing our minds and they were at their best during the whole concert.

In fact, the winner was The Sheepdogs, a band from Saskatchewan in Canada. Winning the contest did provide a bit of a visibility boost, and they’ve played a number of festivals, including South by Southwest. But they haven’t achieved anything near Imagine Dragons’ success. After passing on the Rolling Stone contest, Imagine Dragons released the single “It’s Time” and the album Night Visions, both of which were big hits. Since then, the band has had a procession of radio hits: “Demons,” “Radioactive,” “Natural,” “Believer,” “Thunder,” and “Whatever It Takes,” among others. “Radioactive” won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance in 2014, and the group has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide.

One of the biggest rock acts of the decade, Imagine Dragons has just announced they will headline a concert near the Las Vegas Strip to benefit victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in the band’s hometown. Their song “Believer” illustrates a deep personal struggle with depression by frontman Dan Reynolds.

Instead, I was listening to a poppy album in a half empty arena. That’s right, sales were weak for this Friday night show in the music friendly community of Tampa. The floor was only at about half capacity. Maybe the $90 price point for a floor ticket was one reason, but it’s never easy to get into the show when the band is playing at a venue much too large for their popularity.

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