Imagine Dragons gives thunderous performance at Brandon Amphitheater


Imagine Dragons performing during their concert on July 8 in the new Brandon Amphitheater, one of many stops on their 2018 Evolve Tour.

Brenna Renfroe, Staff Writer

Grammy Award winning band Imagine Dragons rocked Brandon Amphitheater on July 8th as part of their 2018 Evolve Tour with a thunderous concert and uplifting message.

The night began with the opening act Grace Vanderwaal, the fourteen year old who won America’s Got Talent in 2016. She has a wonderful voice and performed her original songs, accompanied by her ukelele and a crown of flowers on her head.

The anticipation built as the around 8,000 strong crowd waited for the headlining act to take the stage. Finally, the huge high-tech screen on the stage flickered to life. You heard them before you saw them. The chorus of pounding drums let you know of their arrival as they rose up out of the floor of the stage to the screams and cheers of the fans. The pounding beat intensified, getting louder and louder and then abruptly stopped; the stage went black.

At this point, my heart was pounding out of my chest. This is it. I’m about to experience my absolute favorite band ever perform live, in Brandon, Mississippi. Then the stage flashed back to life, lead singer Dan Reynolds grabbed the mic off the stand, ran to the aisle out in the pit and started the night off with their mega hit, “Radioactive.”

Imagine Dragons knows how to make an entrance.

Throughout the night, the band, which consists of Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Daniel Platzman, and Ben Mckee, played songs from all three of their albums, even covering “Every Breath You Take” by The Police.

What amazed me was that even though it was a huge crowd, Reynolds made it feel intimate. “Are you with us tonight? Can you feel my heart?” Reynolds asked.

He made you feel like he was talking directly to you when he spoke words of encouragement and shared his message about his battle with depression. “I was diagnosed with depression many years ago, sitting in a seat with a therapist. This does not make me weak. It’s not something to be ashamed of. It does not make me broken… Your life is always worth living. Never take your life from us, “ Reynolds said.

Later on in the concert, the band moved to a small stage toward the back of the crowd to perform three songs acoustically.  It really proved their versatility and musical talent as a band. When they performed “I Bet My Life,” Reynolds sang as he moved throughout the crowd, stopping to sing to fans along the way. It felt like I was in a dream as he stopped and sang not far in front of me. Once again, he made the concert feel connected and intimate.

The band returned to the main stage to close out the night with some of their huge hits such as “Demons,”  “Thunder,” “On Top of the World,” and finally “Believer.”

Balloons and confetti reigned down as they ended what I will always remember as one of the best experiences of my life.

Imagine Dragons sounded absolutely amazing live, which isn’t always true with musicians. You could just feel the energy the entire night. Reynolds was very active the whole performance. Reynolds kept the audience engaged, calling on them to sing along with the band. I highly recommend going to see Imagine Dragons live if the opportunity ever presents itself. I definitely hope I get the chance to experience it again.