When I interviewed Imagine Dragons in their tour bus back in 2012, I never thought they would be selling out 20,000+ arenas all over the world in 2014. When I was introduced to the band, they were opening up for alternative rock band, Awolnation, and supporting their brand new full length album, Night Visions. Even then, being an opening band at House of Blues, Dan P, Wayne, Dan R, and Ben stole the show. If you weren’t an Imagine Dragons fan coming in, you left with their album and a t-shirt going out.
Fast Forward to February 2014, Imagine Dragons have sold out an entire arena tour and here I am, shooting them for the fourth time, this time in Austin, TX. I arrived and the line was wrapped around the entire Frank Erwin Center with fans of all ages. Opening the show were Los Angeles’s Nico Vega and The Naked and Famous, all the way from Auckland, New Zealand.
I had seen Nico Vega before, they opened up for Imagine Dragons about a year ago on their first headlining tour. Vocalist, Aja Volkman, is actually married to Dan Reynold’s, front man for Imagine Dragons! Nico Vega’s performance was no short of entertaining. From Aja’s dance moves and eclectic outfit, to Dan Epand’s impressive drum beats and Rich Koehler’s guitar solos, they definitely started the night with a bang.
The Naked and Famous took the stage promptly after and they definitely did not disappoint. Alisa Xayalith’s powerhouse voice won over the excited audience as the band played hits off of their debut and popular album, “Passive Me, Aggressive You”. Alisa looked angel-esque as she glided around the stage in her all black, kimono-type dress, while her voice accented Aaron, Thom, David, and Jesse’s musical stylings beautifully. This live performance was definitely an experience full of energy and music that got the crowd dancing.
If you’ve ever seen an Imagine Dragons show, you know about the drums, A LOT of drums. When the lights went down and it was time for Imagine Dragons to take the stage, that’s all you could see and hear. Screams filled the arena as the band came out and started playing “Fallen”, one of the bonus tracks from Night Visions. The band continued to play songs off of their debut album including Tiptoe, It’s Time, and Amsterdam. They mixed it up for the older crowd and classic rock lovers by playing a Rush cover, “Tom Sawyer”.
The band ended the show with the crowd favorite, “Radioactive”, followed by the grand finale, “Nothing Left To Say”. Once again, Imagine Dragons left the crowd wanting more, but for all the right reasons. It’s an amazing thing to witness an extremely humble and talented band be rewarded for all of their hard work and to see them sell out huge arenas with their music. I will forever support Imagine Dragons as long as they keep playing music!
Be sure to check them out next time they are in town. It’s definitely a show you do not want to miss!