Imagine Dragons headlined a hard-rocking Thursday night at their Smoke + Mirrors Tour in SM Mall of Asia Arena. Filipino fire breathers who gathered to witness the band’s one night rock concert in Manila spanned generations; from kids, who were with their parents, to the middle-aged true blooded rockers.
The dragons raged onstage performing a 15-song set that ignited the arena. The 90-minute sing-along vibe loaded with special effects, was packed with lasers, LED lighting, artificial smoke, live videos and a ramp extending to the crowd. Lead vocalist Dan Reynolds and the rest of the band opened the show with the song “Shots,” which immediately ignited the hyper-enthusiastic fans.
Reynolds while on stage shared their experience in Manila and said that they even ate balut and tried the karaoke. The vocalist also revealed that his brothers used to live in the Philippines and shared how they find how wonderful the country is.
Some of the highlights of the show were when the band performed their chart-topping hits from their Night Visions album. Legion of fans sang along loud and clear with songs like “It’s Time,” and “On Top of the World.” SM MOA arena turned into a wide karaoke venue as crowd sang “Demons,” one of the band’s most successful singles in 2013.
The band set decibel intensity higher as they rocked songs from their latest album “Smoke + Mirrors,” such as “Polaroid,” “I’m So Sorry,” “Gold,” and “I Bet My Life. The crowd turned into sea of pumping arms..
Reynolds shared the stage with other Imagine Dragon members as each one showcased impressive acts in playing their respective instruments -Ben Mckee on bass guitar and keyboard; Daniel Platzman, drums; and the only long haired guy in the group, Daniel Wayne Sermon, on lead guitar. Note that all of them can sing back-up.
Imagine Dragons were also entertainers that night. The band maintained its high energy to draw a crowd. Even for a slow song like “Forever Young,” the genuine vocal of Reynolds touched the audiences as they slowly waved their lighted phones.
No one dared to leave without the band singing the song that sold 5 million copies in the US and spent more than a year on the Billboard Hot 100. So before the curtain calls, Imagine Dragons visually set the stage with electrifying air as drums intro and the band went on to perform their monster single “Radioactive.” “Welcome to the new age!” the song said, paying homage to most of their young fans who will look back to this day as one of the greatest rock and roll experience of their lives. We thought Radioactive was their final song, but we were treated to an encore. “The Fall,” another remarkable Imagine Dragon single from the group’s latest album.
Overall, it was hard not to be impressed by the performance level Imagine Dragons gave that night. The dragons indeed delivered an unforgettable head home happy and satisfied.