On Monday, February 11th, the House of Blues Dallas welcomed Imagine Dragons on their first headlining tour with Atlas Genius opening.
Atlas Genius took the stage first. Simple setup and a lovely performance. The Jeffery Brothers played about 30 minutes covering songs from their upcoming album When It Was You. With his adorable Aussie accent, Keith chatted with the crowd in between songs and charmed all the ladies in the room. He even sported a cowboy hat provided by a fan so he could truly have the Texas experience. Playing their current radio hit “Trojans,” you could barely hear Keith with the audience singing their hearts out and leaving them worked up and ready for the main act.
This was the third stop on Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions Tour and it sold out in minutes. I have been following these guys before their songs were on the radio, and I had been fortunate to catch them a few months back when they opened for Awolnation at the HOB. Back then their short five song set was fantastic, and I wrote about how these guys held the audience in the palm of their hand. Last night made that statement seem inadequate. The building was packed with bodies and anticipation. I can say that they were great and sang well, and this would be true, but it is not enough of a description for what happened.
Anyone that knows me knows I love live music, but it is not just the music that I love. It is the entire experience of seeing a group whose music you love perform their hearts out to a large mass of people that are truly excited to be there and the energy that is traded back and forth in this moment. Being the headliners now has given Imagine Dragons more freedom to do a longer show and incorporate more into it. They only have one album, but they filled their hour to the max. A stage setting that was setup with an organic vibe featuring what looked to be trees, tons of colored lights, lighted drumsticks, bouncing balls, and a screen running designs in the back added to the constant energy that these guys maintained. Dan Reynolds is so hard to photograph because he does not sit still for a second, running from one end of the stage to the other and constantly interacting with the audience. Wayne Sermon started the show with his hair in a sexy bun, but by the end, he had let the hair loose (seriously, someone get this guy a shampoo ad). Ben McKee and Dan Platzman kept the rhythm and provided backup vocals. Then there were the drums. Drums of all sizes and shapes that were played by all members of the band during all songs. I love the drums! Of course they performed hits like “Radioactive,” “On Top of the World,” and “It’s Time.” The whole group just seemed to be ecstatic to be on the stage, and the fans were ecstatic, too.
Towards the end of the show I watched from the balcony, which is such a great view of all the crowd and the band. Reynolds even asked the crowd if they could feel that energy. He seemed utterly blown away by the response of the mass of fans. This was not just a show. It was an experience. If you are one of the many unfortunate fans that do not have tickets to any of the other Imagine Dragons shows on this completely sold out tour, don’t give up. Reynolds mentioned they were booking a show back in Dallas for this summer, so keep your ears open and that finger hovering over the keyboard because you are going to want to buy tickets the second they are available.
Review and Photos by Reanna Streater