Well, that performance by Imagine Dragons should make any skeptic a believer. The group rocked the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on May 21, lighting up the stage with a stomping performance of their new hit, ‘Believer!’
Imagine Dragons – Dan Reynolds, 29, Wayne Sermon, 32, Ben McKee, 32, and Daniel Platzman, 30 – left plenty of “believers,” after a fiery, explosive performance that left everyone bobbing along to their hit. Like a reverend giving a sermon, frontman Dan Reynolds got almost spiritual, while the percussion session was like the stomping-clamping section of a revival chorus. How divine! They ended the performance with an explosion of confetti, almost as if they were dispensing gifts from heaven.
However, the big surprise Imagine Dragons’ performance was what wasn’t in it — specifically, the reported tribute to Chris Cornell, 52. Imagine Dragons were supposedly going to say some words to honor the late Soundgarden and Audioslave singer, according to ABC News. Yet, when the curtain raised, there was nothing said about Chris, who died from an apparent suicide on May 18. Update: Dan would come out later in the night to call him an “icon” before holding a moment of silence.
Well, despite the lack of a eulogy before the performance, Chris Cornell would be proud that the band who cited him as an influence continued to rock out through their sadness. Before he was found in his Detroit hotel room, dead from an apparent hanging, he made sure to give one last rocking performance to all his fans in Motor City. Along with his band, Chris played some of Soundgarden’s classic hits, like “Spoonman,” “Fell on Black Days,” “Black Hole Sun,” and “Rusty Cage.” He ended the set with the song “Slaves and Bulldozers,” blended with a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time Of Dying.” Clearly, such talent influenced Imagine Dragons, who needed to honor a fallen star before they took the stage.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 22, 2017
Imagine dragons was supposed to honor Chris Cornell tonight…..what happened? #BBMAs
— susana torres (@susanitactr) May 22, 2017
@BBMAs You said there would be a tribute to Chris Cornell. Wtf happened?! He's a rock legend! It's the only reason I've been watching! Ugh!
— Julie Long (@julzsparklez) May 22, 2017
— BillboardMusicAwards (@BBMAs) May 22, 2017
This BBMA appearance comes two weeks after Imagine Dragons announced the name and artwork for their third studio album, Evolve. Set for a June 23 release date, the album will contain the previously released cuts “Believer,” “Thunder” and their newest single, “Whatever It Takes.” Fans will be able to see Imagine Dragons in person, as the group also announced the Evolve World Tour, starting on Sept. 26 in Phoenix.
“This record is very colorful,” Imagine Dragons’ frontman Dan Reynolds told PEOPLE magazine. “Lyrically, I was in a really healthy headspace writing it, and then sonically we wrote from a more minimalistic approach.” Dan said the record was written after Imagine Dragons took their first big hiatus as a band – going on a short break for most of 2016. It seems that fans missed them. The first single, “Believer,” spent six consecutive weeks at the top of the Alternative Radio charts.
What did you think about Imagine Dragons’ performance, HollywoodLifers? Did you like what they said about Chris Cornell?