Imagine Dragons bring 'Evolve' tour to NZ shores this May

Friday 9 February 2018

Imagine Dragons bring 'Evolve' tour to NZ shores this May

Calling all firebreathers! Global pop-rock superstars Imagine Dragons are flying their way back to our shores, bringing their latest 'Evolve World Tour' to Auckland and Wellington this May.

Following their successful 'Smoke + Mirrors' tour last 2016, the Las Vegas rockers are now celebrating their 3rd studio album 'Evolve', featuring their chart-topping hit singles 'Thunder', 'Believer' and 'Whatever It Takes' that have been smashing worldwide radios in 2017. Released last June, 'Evolve' produced Billboard's second longest No. 1 single run in the US chart's history with 'Believer'. The majestic, beat-heavy 'Thunder' also provided the band's fourth Top 10 hit.

In Australia, 'Evolve' debuted at No. 4 on the ARIA Album Charts, coming in at No. 3 in New Zealand. The band collaborated closely with Swedish producers Mattman & Robin (Pink, Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo) and Joel Little on their latest listen; driving the songwriting process was a desire to strip their sound back, culminating into a collection of songs featuring killer guitars, sensitive vocals and above all, unparalleled honesty.

Formed in 2009, Imagine Dragons—frontman Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel Platzman—have had a massive past 12 months, thanks to their third album 'Evolve'. Without a doubt, their unstoppable success guaranteed their spot as the sixth most streamed band on 2017's Spotify worldwide.

"Evolve is an ‘80s flecked, power-rock pumping station." - NME

"Their kinetic energy is intoxicating and frontman Dan Reynolds has an incredible presence as he hops up and down…" - The Music

Currently on the Evolve World Tour, the quartet initially built their grassroots following via an independently released string of EPs, before breaking out globally with multi-platinum debut album 'Night Visions' back in 2012. It would see them embark on their first world tour, which turned into an extensive five-year run.

Night Visions marked the first of several career highlights for Imagine Dragons—the album reaching the No. 4 on the ARIA Album Chart and becoming Spotify's most-streamed album, thanks to smash hits including the diamond-selling 'Radioactive' which took out 'Best Rock Performance' at the 2014 Grammys.

Imagine Dragons continued their milestone-laden run with 2015's largely self-produced sophomore record 'Smoke + Mirrors'. Filled with engaging hooks, dark lyricism and industrial undertones—see third single 'Shots'—Smoke + Mirrors became their first No. 1 on the US Billboard 200. This led to a mammoth run of sold-out shows on their second world tour, including Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

Just recently, Imagine Dragons conquered the American Music Awards, performing on stage with Khalid for 'Young, Dumb and Broke' and 'Thunder' mash up whilst taking out the trophy for 'Favourite Pop/Rock Group'.

Joining the band on their arena tour is special guests The Temper Trap, who return after the success of their latest album ‘Thick As Thieves’ which debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Album Chart and became their second album to take out the top spot. With chart-topping hits such as 'Thick As Thieves', 'Lost', 'Fall Together', 'Sweet Disposition' and 'Need Your Love', the band return to their home, with singer Dougy Mandagi sounding better than ever.

Don't miss your chance to see Imagine Dragons breathe fire into every venue they hit this spring.