Monday, March 24, 2014

The Music Maven's Music Monday #2: Imagine Dragons

A Thank You To Imagine Dragons

Almost two years ago I went to see a band that a friend had been praising for awhile – they were just starting to get airplay and I wanted to check out their live show.  That band was Imagine Dragons and from the very first note I knew that they were going to be huge.  What an amazing two years it’s been for them – they’ve topped the charts, toured the world, and they won a Grammy.
Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons at Red Rocks Amphitheater

I’ve been blessed to see them play small venues, acoustic sets, a hometown show in Las Vegas, at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater, and this past Saturday I saw them end their Night Visions Into The Night tour at a sold out Pepsi Center show in Denver.  Seeing a band go from playing for 100 people to selling out a 15,000 seat arena in a matter of years is pretty astounding – meteoric isn’t an understatement when it comes to describing this bands rise in popularity.  But the thing that has stayed the same, no matter how many people they’re playing for, is their energy and commitment to putting on an incredible show.  
Dan Reynolds taking flight at Red Rocks Amphitheater

As Imagine Dragons popularity grew their stage show evolved and it was so much fun to see the staging, lighting, and visuals change over two years.  But it’s always been about the music for me and the way Dan Reynolds & Company can move a crowd – they can bring a crowd into a frenzy during one of their anthems or bring them to tender hush during songs like 30 Lives.  
Imagine Dragons at Independent Records

As an added bonus of seeing this incredible band of musicians take off,  I’ve been able to share the music and concert experience with friends and my amazing family.  Most importantly,  I shared every show, except the first one, with my son, J.D., aka The Gamer Geek.  I came home after seeing them the first time in awe and told him he had to see this band.  We went to see them the next night and he left that show with a new favorite band.  He LOVES this band – it’s their positive lyrics, exceptional musicianship, and the way they connect with their fans.  I could never thank Imagine Dragons enough for being a band that inspires and encourages my son to be the best person he can be – but that’s what they do through their art and for that I’m grateful.
The Gamer Geek on the rail for Imagine Dragons at the Pepsi Center
Otherwise known as his happy place.

So, after releasing a platinum selling debut album and touring non-stop, Imagine Dragons are winding down their tour and getting ready to take a break.  A well deserved break and an opportunity to start their sophomore album.  It will be awhile before we see them again – a bittersweet reality, but we wish them all the best on their journey to create their next album.  We’ll be ready for new music when they are and we’ll see you on the rail!!
Imagine Dragons at the Pepsi Center
Music worth nerding out over!

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Joie Fatale said...

I'm glad to hear they put on a great show! Many of my friends really like Imagine Dragons (I haven't latched on as the only song I've hear is "Radioactive") and sing their songs a lot.
I especially love watching a band you loves fanbase grow and people seeing what you've always seen in them too!


Joie, they are great and put on an amazing show. I agree with the fan base growth it is fun to share your love of something with others :) xo

Unknown said...

Gosh, I love Imagine Dragons! I'd love to see them, I bet they're amazing live!

Tillie said...

I've been going to shows since I was a toddler -- and, yes, I remember many of them. Imagine Dragons live shows are right up there with the best of 'em. Go see them next time around!

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