What happens when one of todays hottest bands sells out the Wiltern Theater in LA in a matter of hours? Well in the case of Imagine Dragons, they announce two more shows at the end of their tour at Hollywood’s Palladium, and of course those shows sell out in a matter of hours as well. Last night, May 29, 2013 was the first of two sold out shows by the Las Vegas natives. With direct support from indie rock darlings Nico Vega, Imagine Dragons gave Los Angeles a great excuse to forget about their troubles with work, school or family and just be free.
Before Imagine Dragons could take the stage, supporting act Nico Vega got their chance to rock the crowd. The indie rock foursome from right here in Los Angeles played a collection of hits from their recent album including ‘Fury oh Fury and ‘Beast’. Dancing around in her glittery slip dress, singer Aja Volkman channeled her inner Grace Slick as she floated through Nico Vega’s 40 min set with a childlike wonder. Addressing the crowd as often as they could and physically connecting with as many fans as possible while walking out on the runner, Nico Vega made it known why LA is so in love with them.
After a quick set change, and a moderate wait, Imagine Dragons was finally up on stage. Starting off the night with a quick drum session by Dan Reynolds, leading right into ‘Round and Round’ off the bands major label debut Night Visions. Moving around the stage with unrestricted energy Reynolds kept the positive vibes flowing. With the combination of skillful guitars, ethereal synths, and heart pounding drums, matched with the soulful vocals of Dan Reynolds, Imagine Dragons proved why they rocketed to what seemed like instant fame over the last few years.
Dan Reynolds stated in the middle of their 90 min set ‘I truly believe there should be a night that you can just be free and forget about work or school or stress. Music has always been that release for us, and I hope we can provide that for you tonight.’ Judging from the hundreds of awestruck fans dancing around in a trance like state to the epic soundscapes of Night Visions, I would say Imagine Dragons accomplished that. Switching it up a bit after ‘Radio Active’ (which nearly 80% of the crowd was either filming or taking photos with their smart phones), there was a heart felt guitar solo and a dedication of ’30 Lives’ to the bands friend Tyler who recently passed away after battling cancer for years.
The night was filled with surprises including a short rendition of ‘Stand By Me’ right before ‘Underdog’, confetti filled balloons, which Dan joked about one of them having a $100 bill (a reference to The Flaming Lips I’m thinking), but the biggest surprise came during the encore of ‘Nothing Left To Say’ when Reynolds was lifted above the stage by wires and proceeded to spin backwards over and over again, only to stop upside down and do yet another drum performance. Reynolds then flew over the edge of the crowd and finally landed safely back on the stage.
With three sold out shows during this tour, Imagine Dragons may be from Las Vegas, but it is obvious that their second home is right here in Los Angeles.