What’s Up With Imagine Dragons’ Big-Ass Drum?

"Dan approached the band one day like, ‘hey guys, I found the coolest drum.'"
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Rapidly rising Las Vegas band Imagine Dragons are currently riding high on the fast-track to rock stardom, thanks in large part to the enormous success of breakout anthems “Radioactive” and “It’s Time,” both taken from their debut album, Night Visions.

While it’s their big, hands-in-the-air songs grabbing listeners by the ears, it’s Imagine Dragons’ dynamic, compelling live show that is converting them into instant fans of the band.

Along with charismatic stage presence, lead singer Dan Reynolds adds to both the visual and sonic appeal of the show by playing a large marching band drum onstage.

“It started as a tom, and it seemed like it just got bigger and bigger,” joked Imagine Dragons’ guitarist, Wayne Sermon, during an exclusive interview with CBS Local. “Dan approached the band one day like, ‘hey guys, I found the coolest drum. They have different sizes, but the biggest one is 36 inches by 18 inches.’ I was like, ‘well, maybe we should get the 32 inch one to fit in our van better.’ But he was like ‘no, 36.’ Turned out he was right, because the 36-inch one is pretty dope.”

“It’s 4 inches better,” Reynolds interjected, smiling. “We’re upgrading that right now.”

“It’ll be like a 5-foot drum now, and it’ll be on our next headlining tour of the U.S.,” Sermon related.

“I think the drum is not just for the sake of having something to hit onstage, it definitely lends itself to our sound and what we do,” he continued. “I think even more so as our band progresses, we’re going to get more into different percussion and different sounding drums, so I think it’s going to continue.”

While Imagine Dragon’s first official headlining tour in support of Night Visions kicks off on February 3, 2013, at the Marquis in Tempe, AZ, the band will be performing on December 31 for a special New Year’s Eve show at Mammoth Mountain’s Canyon Lodge in Mammoth Lakes, CA, before heading up to Alaska for a pair of shows on Jan. 3-4. Find all of the band’s upcoming tour dates here.

-Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local


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