Midway through my conversation with Imagine
"She sleeps through the craziness," Reynolds said of his daughter, who slept as
Imagine Dragons has been touring almost nonstop since forming in 2008, but the "craziness" seems to have just begun for the Las Vegas quartet. Its songs are everywhere these days: "Radioactive" is featured in the movie trailer for
Surprisingly, the 25-year-old Reynolds said he got the biggest kick out of hearing one of his songs in a video game.
"It sounds nerdy, but I grew up playing the FIFA (soccer) games my whole life and always loved the soundtracks," said Reynolds, who seemed most excited talking about his team of choice in the game, Brazil. "Having my song come on (in 'FIFA 13') was better than any movie or commercial we've been in."
As is often the case with bands on the rise, Reynolds hasn't had much time to enjoy Imagine Dragons' recent success due to the constant touring and TV and radio appearances — not that he's complaining. Reynolds has become used to waking up in a new city almost every day and said he didn't know what to do with himself when the band had two days off around Christmas.
He does, however, make it a point to rest whenever he can on the road. That's what the 6-foot-4 rocker claimed he normally does after shows. He said he made an exception for Nellcote because they were celebrating Aja's and his keyboardist's birthdays (Nellcote brought out a two-tiered chocolate cake for the festivities and serenaded the guests with "Happy Birthday").
The show that night was the first of two concerts at the House of Blues. It's hard to believe it was just last April that Imagine Dragons was opening for The Jezabels at Lincoln Hall.
"A year ago we were playing for, like, 40 people," Reynolds said of their headlining shows. "Before every gig we were peaking behind the curtain like, 'Oh man, it's only half-full tonight.' We'd been living on people's couches and just scraping by. Now we're at the point where everything is sold-out beforehand. We can actually breath and enjoy the music. It's the best feeling ever."
Daddy's girls: Lifetime's "Preachers' Daughters" premieres Tuesday and revolves around three families, including Ken Coleman — a Joliet resident and pastor at City of Refuge Pentecostal Church in Lockport — and his teenage daughter Taylor. Pro Wrestler-turned-Evangelist Nikita Koloff (aka "The Russian Nightmare") and his teenage daughter Kolby are also featured on the reality show.
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