Imagine Dragons Plays to a Sold Out Crowd, credit Laura BucklinThere aren’t many bands that come from or claim my home state, Iowa. The only one I know is Slipknot, because that’s the only association my friends abroad had with the corn state – it’s random, I know. So even being present at Imagine Dragons during their Las Vegas homecoming at The Joint in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was a treat! Throughout my lifetime, I’ve seen hundreds of concerts between the Van’s Warped Tour for four consecutive years; free country concerts since the day I put on my first pair of cowboy boots (complete with fringe, my favorite); the occasional splurge on my guilty pleasure, Britney Spears; and more. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen or experienced anything quite as unique and special as the concert last weekend. You could feel the love the superstar band had for its hometown and the crowd was sending the love back. Finally, when Dan Reynolds took that leap of faith to swing over the crowd the night was complete, pure bliss.

˜Laura Bucklin

2.9.13 Credit Erik Kabik, Erik Kabik Photography - Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons, flies over the crowd at The Joint