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Imagine Dragons Rock The Xcel Energy Center [REVIEW / PHOTO GALLERY]


If you don’t know who Imagine Dragons are….you will soon.  They have burned up the charts with their recent hits “Demons,”  “Radioactive,”  and “On Top Of The World,” which they obviously are right now.

Dan Reynolds, Lead Singer, and his bandmates – guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman, have independently released three EPs, and toured extensively, earning a great following.  Earlier this year, the band made their major label debut with the release of their Continued Silence EP, which included the breakthrough single “It’s Time,” The song earned the group a 2012 MTV VMA nomination for “Best Rock Video.”

I own the Imagine Dragons full-length debut album, “Night Visions”, which if you are wondering, is available on Grammy award winning producer Alex Da Kid’s (Eminem, Rihanna) label, KIDinaKORNER.  It took the band three years to create.

Imagine Dragons had an amazing light show at the Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday night, and great opening acts as well, featuring Naked and Famous, and Nico Vega. The “I Dragons” had a huge “picture window”, so to speak, on stage, that played video footage, Live show footage, and great graphics during solos of their bandmates.

I was originally going to just bring my cousin Gina, because I only had two tickets.  At the last minute, we had someone call us and tell us they couldn’t make the show.  Chad called me and asked if I could use them…..Wow!  Tanner and Mason were so excited. We all loaded up and headed to the cities.

I could tell my teenage boys, who have never been to a major concert like this, were totally memserized.  They are both classic rock fans, and when  Imagine Dragons lead singer came out and said they were going to play a little classic rock, Tan and Mase were wondering what it would be.

Imagine Dragons broke out in a room filling energy driving version of Rush’s  “Tom Sawyer”.  Those boys moved to the edge of their seats so fast!  Tanner’s head was just rockin to the beat…and the smiles were from ear to ear.

The sound was just….what can I say…AMAZING!   The group is fairly new, and so gracious to the crowd.  The last time they played in the Twin Cities, they said they played for about 150 people.  They had to get through some tough airline delays, but had made a promise to themselves and the fans that they WOULD NOT CANCEL ANY CONCERT DATES…and they haven’t!   They have only a couple more shows before they take a break to work on writing their second album, which we will all be waiting for…Hoping sooner than later.

If you aren’t familiar with them….you best get familiar with them.  They are going places. I highly encourage anyone that loves great music to not miss them next time they come to town!  It was just unbelievable.  I’m not going to be able to sleep for a month!

See more photos of Imagine Dragons at Xcel Center from photographer Joe Bielawa


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