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Dan Reynolds fronts Imagine Dragons during a sold-out show at CenturyLink Center on Sunday night.


Few bands play that passionately.

For nearly two hours, the electricity poured out of Imagine Dragons and into our limbs, pushing people to their feet for hits such as “Radioactive,” “Demons,” “Believer” and “Thunder.”

And the heart of Imagine Dragons’ electric generator was frontman Dan Reynolds.

Reynolds’ passion poured out of him, and it was reflected in the more than 14,500 fans who filled CenturyLink Center for a sold-out concert Sunday evening.

There are few frontmen more enthusiastic.

Reynolds arrived shirtless and, well, extremely ripped, and he then bounded about the stage, dancing and driving the show ever forward.

Kneeling on the lip of the stage, Reynolds sang directly to front-row fans and pounded the floor to the beat as he belted out the words to “Whatever It Takes.”

During “I Bet My Life,” Reynolds ran through the crowd, delivering high-fives and stopping to sing for fans who went into hysterics knowing their idol was so close.

It was a full-energy show full of fireworks, gleaming lights and so, so, so much colorful confetti, and the audience was fired up for every second.

“I missed you, Omaha,” Reynolds said.

Later, Reynolds explained that he lived in Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Friend and Seward. (About a decade ago, a 19-year-old Reynolds spent a two-year missionary trip in Nebraska. Shortly after, he started the band that would later become Imagine Dragons.)

“I love this place. You took me in. I love your hearts,” he said. “To come back here and see your faces and people I know, it’s amazing. I love this place. I hope you know it.”

Nebraskans loved the show, staying on their feet for all but the briefest moments.

Each song on the 21-tune setlist was full of Imagine Dragons’ trademark energy; they’re the sort of songs you can’t help but dance around and sing along with. But after an hour of an always-rising, never-slowing set, the boundless energy began to feel monotonous.

But then Imagine Dragons changed course with a short acoustic segment including “Amsterdam,” “Bleeding Out” and “I Bet My Life,” which helped with the flow and gave everyone a chance to rest before the band came back with another barrage of full-energy jams.

A flurry of punches in the form of hit songs “Demons,” “The River,” “Thunder,” “On Top of the World” and “Believer” showed just how good Imagine Dragons can be.

Both in songwriting and performance, they’re in the rare tier of current bands that can expertly span the divide between pop and rock and do it well.

(In fact, the list is very short. It’s total membership is Coldplay, OneRepublic and Imagine Dragons.)

Sunday’s show was a seminar in pop rock. Reynolds has boundless enthusiasm and energy coupled with soaring vocals that made his songs, some seriously catchy stuff, electric in the arena. He also sat behind a piano and played drums.

The rest of Imagine Dragons also played multiple instruments, and each song was incredibly tight.

It’s like the five guys on stage drank all the talent in the tank before the rest of us even showed up.

Reporter - Entertainment/music/concert

Kevin Coffey covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally cover other entertainment. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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(1) comment

MARY GAUGHAN

Whatever happened to class acts? I wouldn’t
waste my time or money on trash like this.
I grew up with Perry Como and Jerry Vale.
Great singers who had clean and drug free
concerts. I am very selective in what I watch
and read. Omaha is becoming g a Mecca for
Rick concerts and trash. Wait until NE legalizes
marijuana. You thiink the Police gave their hands fulll now. These concerts will draw these young
people and you will have lots of trouble.

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