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Interview:
Imagine Dragons' concert film hits theaters for one-night premeire
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Imagine Dragons plan on taking an extended break from recording and touring.

But fans can still see them on the big screen -- for one night only.

The group will premiere "Imagine Dragons in Concert: Smoke + Mirrors," a live film shot last July 4 in Toronto, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at theaters around the country, including IMAX screens at the AMC Forum 30 in Sterling Heights, the AMC Livonia 20 and the AMC Fairlane 21 in Dearborn. For a full list of theaters and ticket information visit FathomEvents.com.

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds said by phone from his home in Los Angeles that the show in Toronto "felt special. I remember walking offstage being very happy, like knowing this was a good night to capture and there was a special energy in the room. I just hoped that it would translate on film, and I think it really captures it."

The film is slated to be released on DVD later this year aswe ll.

Reynolds and his bandmates, meanwhile, "have forced ourselves to take a year off," and he views the film as a cap to a frenetic and successful nearly four years for Imagine Dragons. During that time the group, which was formed in Las Vegas, released a pair of top-selling albums -- including 2012's double-platinum "Night Visions" and last year's chart-topping "Smoke + Mirrors." The group also scored hits such as "Radioactive," "Demons," "I Bet My Life," "Shots" and "Roots" and won a Grammy a?ward along with two American Music Awards.

"This has been such a crazy few years of our life I think we'd be really remiss not to document it," Reynolds said. "A lot of it's been, like, a blur. I can hardly remember half of it because the paces was just non-stop. And this (Smoke + Mirrors) tour was really special; we really put a lot into the production value of it and all of us were really proud of how it turned out and we wanted to capture it and have it to hang on to and also give it to our fans to hold onto the experience as well, or to see if they weren't able to get to the show.

"Growing up I hardly ever got to go to concerts, so a lot of my favorite shows were on DVDs, so I want to give that experience to our fans, too."

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