Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds Reflects on 2013


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Dan Reynolds is on tour in Italy when he picks up the phone. As the frontman for Las Vegas breakout act Imagine Dragons, he’s traveled the world and ascended the charts. The band’s full-length debut, Night Visions, has sold 1.7 million copies since its 2012 release, and the band was named Billboard’s Top Rock Artist of 2013. While Reynolds says his band doesn’t feel rushed to follow up, they do plan to record their next album here in their hometown, where they proudly played in October at the Life Is Beautiful festival, and will return to play at The Joint on December 30. Here, Reynolds discusses the band’s banner year and what’s still to come from the Dragons.

This show is scheduled between your European tour and upcoming U.S. tour. What inspired you to do a one-off?

It was a no-brainer for us. We’ve been away for a year and a half on tour, and we just want to be home for the new year. It feels right. We told our management, “We want to play Vegas for New Year’s, whatever it takes.” It came together and we’re just so excited.

This year, Night Visions was the most-streamed album in the U.S. on Spotify, was one of Billboard’s top Rock and Alternative Albums, and the single “Radioactive” received two Grammy nominations. How does it feel?

It’s just shocking. We think it’s crazy. I think that’s how we’ve felt about this whole year. We’ve been a band almost five years now and it’s been a long time coming, but this last year has just been shocking. None of us really understand what’s going on. We haven’t had time to even think about it, really. Every day we’re either in a new city, around the world playing a show or on a tour bus, on a plane or doing an interview. We don’t really have time to get perspective. … We feel really grateful that we have Vegas luck on our side. We hope to represent Vegas well because we love this city.

Is there a Las Vegas stage you haven’t played yet that you’d still like to conquer?

Honestly, for us, that was The Joint. We opened for Weezer there. We opened for Interpol. It’s a really special place to be playing there again. It’s pretty awesome. I hope one day we go back and play the Beauty Bar, do a little private show there or something. I think that would be awesome. I’m sure we’ll do it one of these days.

Will you ever reveal the anagram to “Imagine Dragons?”

I think we will. There will come a day when we’ll know it’s time. For now, it’s been fun to have that to ourselves. When you reveal so much about yourself and expose so much about yourself as a musician, it’s nice to have something that we hang on to together as brothers, that we’ve held onto for years. We will soon probably, but not too soon.

Imagine Dragons, 8 p.m. Dec. 30 at The Joint in Hard Rock Hotel, $79.50 and up, 693-5000,