When Little Bands Grow Up: Imagine Dragonsposted by Trina Green | Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | 2:52 PM
Viper Room, a place that feels like home to them (and believe me when I say that Viper regards them as family). And like so many, once upon a time I heard an Imagine Dragons song and immediately decided that I needed to hear more. Somewhere between that impromptu weekend when I and two friends with little planning drove to Las Vegas for a show where Imagine Dragons were on the bill, their shows in Los Angeles and our own editor Chelsea Schwartz booking them for my birthday at the Viper Room (Dan’s birthday happens to be the following day) something happened. Attachment. Then they kept returning to Los Angeles and playing with local bands and friends. And then their lives became interwoven by marriage with two other local LA bands/friends that I love and...
FM 98.7 Penthouse. Imagine Dragons played a short acoustic set that was more personable and warm than business professional as Dan, Wayne, Ben and Daniel took their normally electric and anthemic chorus rockers and reigned them in, softening them with an intimacy that flowed into a Q&A session. With his usual gentle humility, Dan spoke of the road that the band has traveled to get where they are, vocal cord surgery, what an awesome catch Ben is, following a dream, insomnia, the Viper Room, truth in songwriting and the combination of fear and excitement about what comes next. What comes next is their turn on the Jimmy Kimmel Live stage, a national tour, then…who knows.
If you've read our current High Voltage Magazine cover story, you know that there are entirely too many variables that are involved in why a band does or does not break through to success, but where Imagine Dragons are concerned - after you factor in the drive, determination, hours in rehearsals, hours on the road, long days and longer nights - the one true explanation is the one that they will sing every night, at every show for the rest of their career-lives: It’s their time.