By Kelsey Miller
Imagine Dragons performed at the House of Blues last Monday, with openers Nico Vega and Atlas Genius. The band played to a sold-out crowd (which sold-out back in October). Some of the songs the band included in its set were It’s Time, Radioactive and On Top of the World. The band came out for an encore and played Nothing Left to Say/Rocks.
Imagine Dragons is an indie rock band that was formed in Las Vegas in 2008 during Dan Reynolds’ time as a student at Brigham Young University. Interestingly, the band’s name is an anagram for an unknown phrase that only members of the band—not even their families—know. The band members refuse to say what the anagram is, mostly because they feel it is not as cool as it is currently made out to be. The three other members of the band were actually students at Berklee.
From 2008-2010, the band released two EPs entitled Imagine Dragons EP and Hell and Silence EP. They finally signed to a large record label, Interscope Records, in 2011 after making a third EP. They immediately began working with the label in order to release a fourth EP, Continued Silence, on Valentine’s Day of last year.
The band released its famous single It’s Time on April 17, and within seven months it was certified platinum by the RIAA—which means it has sold at least 1,000,000 copies.
Imagine Dragons continued recording songs over the summer of 2012 in order to release its first full-length album Night Visions the day after Labor Day (Sept. 4). In the first week of sales it sold more than 83,000 copies and achieved the highest place on the Billboard 200 chart for a debut rock album since 2006.
Imagine Dragons’ second single Radioactive has been certified gold and used in movie and television commercials. It’s Time is arguably so famous due to its large billing in the commercials and place in the movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which was a hit with the adolescent crowd—who are also in Imagine Dragons’ demographic. In fact, the commercial with It’s Time was played so many times that people began to complain that it was overplayed.
Over the last year, the band has performed on many late-night shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and both Conan and The Late Show with David Letterman in 2013 alone.
In 2012, Imagine Dragons went on tour for Night Visions. With the exception of two shows, all of the tour stops were sold out. The band is back on the road in 2013 for another tour in Europe and North America. Many U.S. summer dates have recently been added, and there is the possibility that more will be added. Many of the large summer festivals will feature the band, including music festivals in England and George Washington’s famed Gorge Amphitheatre, which sits next to the Colombia River and has a giant lawn for seating.
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