Here's the text of the reporting I did for Neon Tommy, USC's digital journalism outlet:
To quote Imagine Dragons, "the last year has been a wild ride".
The Grammy award-winning band took the stage at the newly renovated Forum in Inglewood, California on Friday.
The band came out with lots of energy and the crowd went wild. The musical performance was stellar, and it was accompanied with a lights and multimedia display. The band was humble and appreciative of the crowd's support; this was stated directly by frontman Dan Reynolds as he thanked Los Angeles for always being a home to him.
The Las Vegas native repeatedly gazed out at the audience in what appeared to be gratitude and disbelief. Dan's reaction to the crowd and reception of praise made my night.
The band maintained its energy throughout the night. Reynolds made repeat visits to the crowd on both sides of the stage and hopped down into the pit during "It's Time". Balloons filled with confetti were thrown into the crowd during "On Top of the World", which were subsequently popped by Reynolds or audience members. They closed the show with Radioactive.
The Naked and Famous opened for Imagine Dragons. Alisa Xayalith's vocals were spot-on, as were Thom Powers' as well as his guitar playing. Nico Vega opened before The Naked and Famous.
Imagine Dragons formed five years ago in Las Vegas, Nevada. They put out two EPs before their current album, which has skyrocketed on the charts in the past year and given them rise to their current fame. During Friday night's show, they played a song, "Cha Ching," that they wrote during their first year together as a band.
I have photos of Nico Vega and The Naked and Famous as well. Stay Tuned!