By Lauren Simpson
It was a fairly emotional affair at the O2 ABC for Imagine Dragons’ Glasgow debut last night, as lead singer Dan Reynolds was totally overcome by the response from the sold-out crowd.
The Las Vegas natives burst on to the UK scene with their single It’s Time in 2012, mixing the euphoric sound of fellow Nevada boys The Killers with fun pop hooks, and a few serious lyrics for good measure.
They played a strong set to the excited Glasgow crowd, making their way through debut album Night Visions, with Hear Me and Rocks lighting up the room. Their onstage set-up seemed huge for the relatively compact venue; in addition to the usual instruments they had plenty of extra drum pieces scattered around the stage for Reynolds to hammer on, and there was definitely no sound barrier placed on the performance.
Recent single Radioactive sent the crowd into overdrive, as did It’s Time, with the mass sing-a-longs ensuring a memorable night was had by all. Reynolds is quite the interesting frontman; he does a lot of dancing around, seemingly unsure of himself, but gives an amazing vocal performance. Lay Me Down, the slowest track of the set, allowed him to show off his range as he was accompanied only by guitarist Wayne Sermon.
The latter end of the show really highlighted the band’s flexibility, as they switched from their usual rock euphoria to fun, electro-infused pop tracks Demons and Underdog. With the primarily teenage fans giving it their absolute all, they were rewarded by tales of Reynolds’ own high school experiences, not to mention the hundreds of balloons that were released into the venue.
Telling the crowd how much they appreciated their love and promising to return to Glasgow soon, I’m hoping to catch Imagine Dragons in a festival field this summer, where no doubt we’ll see an even rowdier version of Saturday night’s events.