Concert Review: Imagine Dragons’ Tour De Force

Shirtless lead singer with ripped bod, check; dynamic sub bass, check

Photos: Singapore GP

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 18: Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons performs during the 2016 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 18, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Singapore GP via Getty Images)

Photo: Brendon Thorne/Singapore GP via Getty Images

As the closing act of the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, Imagine Dragons delivered a dazzling show that could easily rival the sheer excitement of the tracks as race winner Nico Rosberg took to the podium.

High-octane performance

Blinding green light and billowing smoke machines created a grand entrance as the Las Vegas alternative rock band appeared onstage, with lead vocalist Dan Reynolds belting out a high-octane rendition of “Shots”.

“Let me see your hands up, Singapore, raise them up to the sky. Forget about work and school. We’re just here to celebrate music. Have you cleared your mind? Clear your mind!’ he urged as the audience went wild with swaying arms.

Good vibes were all around as Dan launched into an energetic rendition of “Trouble”, with his smooth vocals shining as the audience sung along.

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 18: Imagine Dragons perform during the 2016 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 18, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Singapore GP via Getty Images)

Photo: Suhaimi Abdullah/Singapore GP via Getty Images

Heartfelt conversations

After the cheers mellowed down, he continued giving his fans ample attention as he urged them to embrace music in the face of trouble.

“We currently live in a world of separation. There’s people trying to tear us apart but we won’t be afraid of anybody. I see no race, colour or religion. Music will destroy terror and anything that comes near it,” he said. Now that’s a worthy quote right there.

Playing to the audience’s penchant for older hits, Imagine Dragons satisfied them with “Demons” and “It’s Time” from their 2012 album Night Visions.

The latter’s catchy chorus “It’s time to begin, isn’t it?/I get a little bit bigger but then I’ll admit/I’m just the same as I was/Now don’t you understand/I’m never changing who I am” got the crowd moving as one.

Every now and then, Dan grooved towards the audience, hi-fiving the lucky ones and waving to those at the back. As he pointed the microphone at the crowd, the concert momentarily turned into a mass sing-along session.

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 18: Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons performs during the 2016 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 18, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Singapore GP via Getty Images)

Photo: Brendon Thorne/Singapore GP via Getty Images

Tour de force

Proving their mettle as the tour de force of rock music, the talented band members each took turns to perform instrumental solos throughout the hour-long concert.

Drummer Daniel Platzman showed off his dexterous rhythm, bringing the performance to new heights with numerous drum solos, while lead guitarist Wayne Sermon often segued into a brilliant series of guitar solos — most wonderfully in songs like “Hopeless Opus”.

In a funny twist that got the audience guffawing, Dan also poked fun at the drummer by revealing his single status.

Among the surprises to come, the front man led a young fan onstage with him. They soon lay down side by side, as if gazing at the night sky, while Dan continued singing into the mike.

By the time everybody was starting to lap up “I Bet My Life”, Dan’s sweat-soaked t-shirt had come off. His glistening bod drew more than a couple of shrieks, taking the concert to its climax with the band’s iconic track “Radioactive”.

As the audience chanted ceaselessly along to the lyrics “Welcome to the new age, to the new age/Welcome to the new age, to the new age”, neon lasers bathed the concert arena with a red hue, an almost magical ending to the show-stopping concert.

Imagine Dragons performed for the Singapore Grand Prix on 18 Sep at the Padang Stage.

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