- 11:56 AM, Feb 17
Singer Dan Reynolds and drummer Andrew Tolman of Imagine Dragons met way back in 2008 when they were still students at Brigham Young University. Having the same passion in music, the duo recruited more members to complete lineup for their dream band. That's when Tolman's Daniel Wayne "Wing" Sermon and Sermon's college friend Ben McKee came in.
They started out in Provo, Utah before moving to Las Vegas, where they eventually dropped their first three mini albums. The first EP, a self-titled one, arrived in 2010, followed by the second one "Hell and Silence" in the same year. They didn't waste time and dropped another EP "It's Time" a year later before they finally scored a recording deal for their full-length release.
The band got their big break when they were called to step in for Train at the jam-packed Bite of Las Vegas Festival because Pat Monahan fell sick so his band couldn't perform at the event. Their popularity rose ever since due to positive word-of-mouth praise from the concergoers. "Our band wouldn't exist without Las Vegas," Reynolds once said. "It's a great place for an artist to start out."
Their debut album "Night Visions" was their collaboration with top-notch producer Alex da Kid. It was released in September 2012 after at least four more EPs. The album peaked at No. 2 on Hot 200, but the singles like "Radioactive" and "Demons" were the ones which really propelled them to mainstream stardom.
"This record has been three years in the making," Reynolds said of their first album. "We feel that we have finally created something we are all truly proud of and that can hopefully inspire others and help them feel a little less alone. That's what music is about. It's the greatest communicator I know."
"Radioactive" originally taken from EP "Continued Silence" reached top 3 on Hot 100 and continued to become one of the top 10 multiple times. It broke the record for the longest run into the top five and became the best-selling rock song on the Nielsen SoundScan running list of best-selling rock songs in digital history.
The Grammy win they got for the single put icing on the cake for their commercial success. They were nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rock Performance, and won the latter.
The band's next big single was "Demons". Like its predecessor, it first appeared in "Continued