hmv.com reviews... Imagine Dragons @ London's House Of Vans
Imagine Dragons squeezed into a tiny tunnel underneath Waterloo station last night (February 11th) for a very exclusive gig. We were there to review it and here's what went down...
Imagine Dragons, Las Vegas rock behemoths, readying their second record Smoke + Mirrors for its release on Monday (February 16th), the album is the follow-up to the big selling Night Visions (which you can hear on the right-hand side of the page).
House Of Vans, under Waterloo station, a nirvana for skaters underneath London's busiest stations.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was absolutely full, with fans cramming down the front to get a better view of things. The crowd were in full voice too, bellowing along with all the big hits.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
The set was split evenly between cuts from Night Visions and new album Smoke + Mirrors, kicking off with early cuts 'It's Time' and 'Rocks', the band then worked their way through new song 'Shots', a bombastic, Springsteen esque stadium filler. They then moved on to showcase new stomper 'Gold', the shimmering 'Summer' and rollicking new single 'I Bet My Life'. They ended, as they presumably always will, with a gutsy and powerhouse rendition of 'Radioactive'.
Any good between song banter?
Not so much banter as lots of heartfelt thanks from frontman Dan Reynolds, some of it was quite nice, some of it went on a bit.
Did they put on much of a show?
We were in a tunnel underneath a huge station, so there's not much you can do, they brought all their percussion and some lovely lights though.
What was the highlight of the set?
It was, and probably always will be, 'Radioactive'. It closed the show and sounded colossal.
Where can I catch them next?
They will return to the UK in November for a full UK arena tour. Get the dates here.