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Interview:
Imagine Dragons taking flight, enjoying success
 

By GARY GRAFF
For Journal Register Newspapers

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One album in, things are going much better than the members of Imagine Dragons could have...well, imagined.

"Night Visions," the Las Vegas rock quartet's 2012 debut album, is already certified gold after hitting No. 1 on the Rock and Alternative albums charts and No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Its first single, "It's Time," was Top 5 in the Rock and Alternative worlds, while the current "Radioactive topped the latter singles chart.

And in the wake of that success, the group is in the midst of its first headlining tour.

"Yeah, I think 'Holy crap' is probably the best way to describe it," frontman Dan Reynolds says with a laugh. But he adds that "in some ways it feels like it's been a slow, long haul. We've been a band for four years, so it's been an organic build for us. But this last year, particularly, has been that kind of snowball effect. Things have just really taken off.

"So as an artist it's a very gratifying thing to have lived off other people's couches and kind of struggled for four years to get to the point now where we have a sold-out tour and starting to travel outside of the U.S. There's so many great artists we've met who deserve to be in that position, so we're just really grateful."

"Night Visions" is hardly Imagine Dragons' first crack at recording. In fact, Reynolds freely credits the four EPs the group released before it with helping the group hone its craft and be ready to take its first full album to the proverbial next level with British producer Alex da Kid.

"The last thing we wanted to do was to put out our first album when we didn't understand exactly who we were as a band," Reynolds, 25, acknowledges. "We needed that time and that development to really find out who Imagine Dragons was and to have a unique sound that was ours and a message that we felt was worth saying. Before we tried to show it to the public and have them understand it, we had to understand it.

"So releasing those EPs and playing those hundreds and hundreds of shows bonded us together and helped us have that time to really understand what we wanted to do. I think it was really important for us."

Imagine Dragons and Atlas Genius perform Friday, March 1, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call 313-961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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