Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons released their debut single “It’s Time” in August 2012. The song almost immediately captured the attention of music fans around the globe with its percussion-heavy, melodically rich chorus. The song is from the band’s debut album, Night Visions, which, since its release in September, 2012, has become one of the biggest selling albums over the last several years anchored by the singles “Radioactive,” “On Top Of The World,” and “Demons.”
While the album received mixed reviews by critics, it’s been their fans that have helped Imagine Dragons win the rock and roll battle, commanding significant sales for the album and nearly several sold out tours of large venues and festivals since its release. Imagine Dragons are more than arena rock ready, and whether you like them or not, they’ve become an undeniably great stadium band.
The Dragons returned to the area on Friday night at the Susquehanna Bank Center for a sold out show that featured openers The Naked and The Famous and Nico Vega. The last time the Dragons played the area was at Made In America where their afternoon set was one of the festival’s highlights. At the Susquehanna Bank Center the band – featuring lead vocalist and percussionist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel Platzman – played a well paced, energetic, highly propulsive and percussive hour and 1/2 set of at the Susquehanna Bank Center.
While there may not be such a thing as a casual Imagine Dragons fan, the SBC was filled with the hardcore, who sang along and held onto almost every song the band performed from Night Visions. The band played a commendable cover of Rush’s “Tom Sawyer,” which nicely showed off drummer Platzman’s and guitarist’s Sermon’s musical proficiency. Amidst smoke canons, banks of of flashing lights, and surrounded by their now signature floor tom-tom drums and giant stand alone drums, the band played under a giant moon sized screen that projected images of burning suns, forests, oceans and visually stunning National Geographic styled images of the earth. The audience, a multi-generational mix of parents and their young kids, highschoolers dressed in Vampire Weekend, Odd Future t-shirts and Converse sneakers, and plenty of Bud light drinking young adults, all bonded over some of the most notable radio hit songs of the last two years.
Producer and remixer RAC just released a remix of “On Top of The World” by Imagine Dragons. Both artists recently announced Philly shows. RAC is plying Johnny Brenda’s on Wednesday, November 13th. Imgaine Dragons are playing the Susquehanna Bank Center on Friday, March 7th. Tickets are on sale for both shows now. More information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar here. RAC is producer, remixed and mutli-instrumentalist André Allen Anjos and on his remix of “On Top Of The World” he shifts the groove ever so slightly to give it a subtle dance vibe while maintaining the original’s anthemic song structure. Listen to it below.
Alt-rock sensations Imagine Dragons are unstoppable. The band just announced their “Into the Night” Tour which will blaze Camden’s Susquehanna Bank Center on March 7, 2014. Their smash hit single “Radioactive” spent a whopping 23 weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs Chart (the longest reign in the chart’s history) and has been certified 5x platinum. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 11th at noon through Ticketmaster.
The opening day of the 2013 Made In America festival was jam packed with a wide variety of sounds and styles, from Haim kicking off the day at the festival’s Liberty Stage to EDM heavy hitter Porter Robinson making the crowd move on the Freedom Stage and tremendous headlining performance by Beyoncé.
Some of the amazing / exciting / unusual things we observed during the day: Philly’s Restorations rocked an impressive set on the Skate Park stage, with singer-guitarist Jon Loudon playing so hard that he cut his hand open and splattered blood all over his guitar. During Public Enemy‘s set, local teacher Heather Marcus was brought onstage to make an impassioned speech about the need to support public schools in Philadelphia. Alt-rock heros Imagine Dragons gave a propulsive, high-energy performance, while Phoenix delivered an impressive assortment of hits, deep cuts and bright stage lights. With all the Deadmau5 fans walking around the festival grounds during the day with imaginatively decorated mouse heads (one dude’s was done up like a disco ball), the Los Angeles via Toronto DJ’s set was a tremendous crescendo that set the stage well for Ms. Knowles’ incredible closing performance. Check out a massive photo recap in the gallery below, and follow XPN on Instagram to keep tabs on today’s action.
Vegas rock four-piece Imagine Dragons headlined The Electric Factory last night, continuing their tour in support of their 2012 debut LP Night Visions. Opening the show was Australian trio Atlas Genius; check out scenes from the show in the photo gallery above and watch a couple videos below.