Imagine Dragons are one of rock's most popular acts, with the Grammy Award winners having brought us some of the catchiest tunes of the last decade, such as "Radioactive" and "Believer." Music fans know their hits, but how well do you know the band? Check out five facts you may not know about Imagine Dragons, then get your tickets to their upcoming tour dates by visiting their band page at AXS.
No, the band didn't have a name change. When they appeared on the TruTV comedy series "Impractical Jokers" five years ago, the episode involved series stars Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano having to open for Imagine Dragons as an intentionally terrible band. The duo had to say everything that they were told, which included Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds telling Vulcano to call them the "Imagination Dragons." Needless to say, concertgoers were not impressed. But "Imagination Dragons" might be a great moniker for a cover band.
Imagine Dragons are celebrating a decade of rock in 2018. The band was formed in 2008 at Brigham Young University, though Reynolds is the only original member still involved. Guitarist Wayne Sermon and bassist Ben McKee both joined a year later, while drummer Daniel Platzman didn't come aboard until 2011. Some of the songs from the band's 2008 Speak To Me EP, with Andrew Beck on guitar, Dave Lemke on bass and Andrew Tolman on drums, have found their way onto YouTube; you can listen to them by clicking the link above.
When ABC brought The Muppets back to television in 2015, the show's first episode featured Imagine Dragons as they performed part of their song "Roots" with several of the Muppets. Watch their performance by clicking the link above. Perhaps the best part of it is that even Grammy Award-winning musicians couldn't impress notoriously cranky Muppet critics Statler and Waldorf.
Imagine Dragons are based in Las Vegas, so it's fitting that they laid down their first full album inside a casino. The band recorded Night Visions at Studio X, a recording studio that's housed inside Palms Casino Resort. According to a report by Vegas Seven, the Palms also has a second studio called Studio Y and claims that artists can record music from any other room at the Palms. Imagine Dragons went on to win a 2014 Billboard Music Award for Top Rock Album for Night Visions, among five BBMA's they earned that year, so this unique recording arrangement obviously worked out okay.
Dan Reynolds stars in and executive produces the upcoming documentary "Believer," which explores how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints treats members who are LGBTQ. Reynolds also wrote two original songs for the film, which will be available on premium cable channel HBO in summer 2019 and had its big-screen debut at the Sundance Film Festival last month. You can learn more about the film here.
Below are Imagine Dragons' upcoming tour dates, with tickets now on sale through AXS:
Feb. 28 - London, England - The O2 (Click here for tickets)
March 01 - London, England - The O2 (Click here for tickets)
April 26 - Stockholm, Sweden - Ericsson Globe/Stockholm Live (Click here for tickets)
For more on Imagine Dragons, visit their band page at AXS.