Biography American indie and alternative rock group, Imagine Dragons was established in 2008 and is made up of four members from Las Vegas, Nevada (US). 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. “Continued Silence” was another EP the band put out after working with producer Alex da Kid, it was recorded in California and released in digital format on Valentine’s Day in 2012, achieving the number 40 slot on the Billboard 200. Imagine Dragons went on to release one more EP named “Hear Me” in 2012, before releasing their debut album, “Night Visions” in the summer of 2012. “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. After filling in for a Bite of Las Vegas festival spot (the band Train was set to play) in 2009 and consequently performing to over 26,000 people, Imagine Dragons’ strong live performance could be said to be responsible for their fast tracked success. The band played a series of sold out shows around the US and Europe and have won many awards such as “The Best Breakout Band of 2013” from Billboard. In April 2013 they released a live album entitled “Live at Independent Records” which showcased their live talent. Read more
The most atypical thing about Imagine Dragons may be their towering success in an era where rock music struggles for a mass audience. (The name is an anagram of another name the group rejected, and now coyly refuse to divulge.) “Radioactive” sat on the Billboard Hot 100 for a record-shattering 87 weeks, and the band’s 2012 debut, Night Visions, went double-platinum in the United States. Rock radio no longer makes careers. New bands that don’t appeal to a specific segment of fans — metalheads, say — need top 40 radio to truly blow up. Only one other rock band has produced as many top 40 hits (three) since 2010: Fun (who, as Billboard recently reported, may be disbanding). “We have guitars and drums and bass, so people call us a rock band,” says Reynolds. “But I love big, poppy melodies. And I’m not going to apologize for that.”
The group kept craziness at bay during the recording of Smoke + Mirrors. It bought a house in a sketchy section of Las Vegas — multiple drug stash houses populate the block, reportedly — and built a recording studio within. (When the bandmembers drained the hot tub in a corner of the studio they discovered that it produced an excellent ambient sound for the drums if they put a microphone inside of it.) The band spent six months plugging away from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., tracking its progress on a whiteboard. The banker’s hours allowed Reynolds and Sermon to go home to their families at night; Reynolds has a 2-year-old daughter, Arrow, and Sermon is father to a 6-month-old boy, River. “I don’t like to go out; I don’t like afterparties,” says Reynolds. “I don’t live a typical rock-star life.”
The guys have an easygoing camaraderie. Over lunch one afternoon at Las Vegas restaurant Skinny Fats, Reynolds brings up the time McKee had to get bailed out of jail to make a concert. “Being naked on the Strip at night is not legal,” Reynolds reminds him. “There were some bad choices being made,” concedes McKee. “Vegas is a crazy place.”
On May 8, 2017, Imagine Dragons announced their third studio album Evolve, as well as the album’s third single “Whatever It Takes”, which was released on the same day. A tour in support for the album was also announced within the same day.
really good live production, dan’s voice is very beautiful live and wing’s guitar solos were also impressive. the drummer did a very nice piece but unfortunately we didn’t hear from the bassist. we sat in block 102 of the o2 arena which was on the left of the stage. we had a good view but there were a lot of couples around us who were not very enthusiastic about the concert which made the concert slightly sedate to enjoy. if you want to really get into the music I recommend standing but if you want to go with a friend or something to just listen and watch nicely then sit. also I wasn’t really massively impressed with the track list. they didn’t sing smoke and mirrors or bleeding out, which we were disappointed by. the encore song was “the fall” which wasn’t the energetic fun song the audience was expecting. radioactive and demons were both excellent but I think they wanted to promote songs from the new album. still would recommend as you can watch nicely or really get into the music. Read more Report as inappropriate
It was the best concert I’ve ever seen! It was enjoyable, exciting, energizing, funny at times, and emotionally moving at other times. I’ve always loved their songs, and the way they played them live did not disappoint! They were energetic, entertaining, and down right amazing. I particularly liked the part where Dan Reynolds spoke about his mental health struggles. It moved me, hearing how he’s managed to be on top of his depression, something I can completely relate to. So, ultimately this concert was a 10 out of 10. Keep doing what you do Imagine Dragons and keep people like me coming back for more!