Imagine Dragons Into the Night Tour
Imagine Dragons Setlist
Naked and Famous Setlist
Nico Vega Setlist
Naked & Famous Tour Dates
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04/14/14 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
04/16/14 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
04/19/14 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
04/25/14 "Groovin The Moo" (Oakbank)
04/26/14 "Groovin The Moo" (Maitland)
04/27/14 "Groovin The Moo" (Canberra)
05/03/14 "Groovin The Moo" (Bendigo)
05/04/14 "Groovin The Moo" (Townsville)
05/23/14 Sasquatch! Music Festival
05/26/14 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
05/27/14 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
05/28/14 Omaha, NE Slowdown
06/03/14 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater
06/04/14 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
06/05/14 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
06/08/14 Richmond, VA The National
06/10/14 Orlando, FL The Beacham
06/11/14 Miami, FL Grand Central
With over 14,000 inside the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, and Los Angeles band, Nico Vega, and New Zealand’s The Naked and Famous warming up the crowd, staff and security were antsy as the main act was nowhere to be seen… or even in the state.
Las Vegas breakout act, Imagine Dragons had just co-headlined the inaugural U.S. version of the iTunes Festival, a fest within a fest, at Austin’s massive South by Southwest. Unforeseen delays and flight schedules delayed the band leaving Texas, and had them touching down less than an hour before their scheduled set time in St. Paul. But, with less than 20 minutes to spare, the band arrived to perform a 100 min. performance of arena-sized bombast and spectacle.
Naked and Famous
Thom Powers & Alisa Xayalith
‘Hearts Like Ours’ bright synth riffs and boy/girl vocals belied its dark lyrics while b-side ‘No Way (Quiet)’ lay down a sense of introversion over crashing electronica and drum beats. Final song, ‘Young Blood’ was best received; a high-tempo’d with hopeful lyric, ” Trying to find the in-betweens, Fall back in love eventually”.
As good as the band was on the massive stage, they would be more ideal in connecting further at a club or small theater, so let’s hope a headlining tour is in the cards for later this year.
The band wasted no time in striking with its anthemic, arena-ready sound, as evidenced on opener, ‘Fallen’, clearly studying the “big sound in a big room” lessons of Muse, U2, and Coldplay. Cryo jets shot steam up vertically and percussion was everywhere on stage, an earmark of the band’s sound, on display prominently in second song, ‘Tiptoe’.
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Sound production was its usual impeccable in this hockey arena and the stage was adorned with a Pink Floyd-style circular video screen above metal tree silhouettes with hanging shining lanterns and the stage had two side elevated ramps (with a drum present on each) in addition to the gang-planked catwalk out front. Each member’s solo was built in as an intro to one of their songs, such as guitarist Sermon intro-ing ‘Amsterdam’, as rail train images floated by on the screen.
After that, the encore of medley ‘Bleeding Out/Monster/Nothing Left to Say’ was somewhat anti-climatic, but the performance, like the show’s sometimes stilted pacing, is from a relatively new band, blindsided by its sudden fame, and still finding its way.
The real question (and no doubt, pressure) is how they will ever top the success level they’ve already reached, with their next album. Will they amp the percussion up further, to include marching bands and Japanese Kodo drummers, try to make every song stadium-sized, or try to crossover by using rappers on song interludes; it’s hard to say, but in this, the “Year of the Dragon”, you can’t help but pay attention.
Imagine Dragons at Xcel Center, St. Paul (12 March 2014)