WHO: Imagine Dragons

WHERE: Susquehanna Bank Center

WHEN: 3/7/14

The whole time I sat in my seat, I couldn’t help but make parallels between Imagine Dragons and The Killers, àl a Hot Fuss and Sam’s Town.  Besides the fact that both bands hail from Las Vegas, I noticed it in two instances: both skewing towards younger crowds and strong power ballads that showcase the lead singer, in this case, Dan Reynolds.

An aspect that gave a wink and a nod to traditional rock show format was the speckling of solos.  Back in the day when Freddie Mercury would race back stage for a quick change, Brian May would step up to center stage for a solo. Or maybe you Zeppelin fans can remember John Bonham for his wondrous drum solos.  Ben Mckee, bassist, Wayne “Wing” Sermon, guitarist, and Daniel Platzman, drummer, each had their solo moment securing their time in the spotlight and a seamless show.

Imagine Dragons - Suquehanna Bank Center - Photo: Megan Matuzak

Imagine Dragons – Suquehanna Bank Center – Photo: Megan Matuzak

I wasn’t expecting Imagine Dragons do a cover. However, Dan Reynolds and the band to took on “Tom Sawyer” by Rush.  Hands down, Platzman does a very convincing Peart and Reynolds came close to sounding like Geddy Lee.  The cover was an impressive flashback and managed to create an interesting flip-flop from the 1981 rock style to the pop-infused rock style of today.

Before closing the show with “New Age”, Reynolds reported that they were nearing end of their fourth and final tour supporting Night Visions.  He also mentioned that the band would be entering the studio this summer to write their next album.

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