Imagine Dragons Continue to ‘Evolve’ At Red Rocks


Las Vegas based pop rockers Imagine Dragons are still going strong supporting their latest album Evolve released last summer. They played the Pepsi Center in October and now made a summer tour stop at the iconic Red Rock Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO.

Season eleven America’s Got Talent winner Grace VanderWaal warmed the early arriving crowd. Backed by a full band, VanderWaal sang and strummed her signature ukulele surrounded by a circular display of flowers decorating her microphone stand. She released her full-album Just the Beginning last November and although she is very soft spoken, she performs with great confidence and there were many young fans singing and cheering throughout her set.

As the triptych stage LED screens flickered, Imagine Dragons slowly came up on an elevating riser, each banging on a drum. The night kicked off with “Radioactive” as the shirtless frontman Dan Reynolds bounced all around the stage often raising his arms and energizing the crowd. It did not take long for Dan to get interactive with the crowd as he headed straight to the top of the amphitheatre during the second song “It’s Time”. He sang and high fived fans as he was surrounded by cell phone cameras. He next made his way back to the stage in time to lead the band into their massive hit “Whatever It Takes”.

Hit after hit followed as the fans sang along throughout. Of course there would be plenty moments of confetti raining down which started at the end of “Walking the Wire”. There was high energy fun and positivity running parallel with band members and the crowd. Midway through their set, the band joined each other in the middle of the crowd on a second stage to perform personal acoustic versions of “Amsterdam” and “I Bet My Life”. The two hour set started with a force and ended with a bang as the set ended with the incredible performances of “Demons”, “Thunder”, and “Believer”. Imagine Dragons again left their fans an uplifting and invigorating performance in Colorado.

Photos and review by Jason Bullinger