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Concert review: Imagine Dragons gives 'radioactive' performance

Published May 21, 2013 2:24 pm

Music • Plenty of hits and a few tricks at sold out show
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OREM • All the problems of the world became non-existent on Monday night when Imagine Dragons took the stage in front of 8,500 fans in the UCCU Events Center.

The hometown crowd made of mostly high school and college students — and a few families — welcomed the band back to Utah County, the site of its humble beginnings. (Shortly after its inception in 2008, Imagine Dragons won Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University's Battle of the Bands.)

On Monday, in between songs, frontman and lead singer Dan Reynolds thanked the crowd for the band's rapid success. He said the group wasn't anything special, just ordinary guys writing music that people connect with.

"I just want to say from the bottom of my heart thank you for believing in us from the beginning. You guys have been incredible," Reynolds said after he kicked off the show with "Round and Round."

The Laguna beach-designed stage featured full LED backdrop playing video and nature and urban scenes.

After playing an energetic version of "Tiptoe," Reynolds also recognize friends, family and familiar faces who have supported him and American Fork native, guitarist Wayne Sermon.

"I don't know, this is just one of the best nights maybe of our lives," he said about being back home in Utah, as the crowd cheered back.

The performance reached a crescendo during the band's latest hit "Radioactive," as cables lifted Reynolds off the stage and into the air. What initially looked like a cheesy Peter Pan impression turned impressive when Reynolds pulled a black cover off a massive drum that was suspended from scaffolding above the crowd. He then began hitting it to the beat of music. He did flips, spins and hovered upside down, just inches above the anxiously reaching arms of fans, all while singing. It was the most stunning performance and should have been the closing number — because it couldn't be topped.

Throughout the show Reynolds connected with fans, telling them to relax and allow the music to be an oasis. Fans waved lighters or their smartphone's LED flashlight as the mood mellowed between songs. At other points, crowd surfers made their way across the sea of hands toward the Reggae colored stage lights and beach balls bounced around.

And the crowd noticeably let loose during the catchy pop song "Demons." And everyone— including the parents — joined in to sing an abbreviated cover of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me."

The show ended with the band's biggest hit "It's Time."


Imagine Dragons

Pop-rock band with Utah County connections returns for an energetic show with impressive stunts.

With • The Moth and The Flame and Nico Vega

Where • UCCU Center, 800 W. University Parkway, Orem

When • Monday, May 19