Emotional lyrics and performances captivated a full house at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Imagine Dragons headlined a night of emotional and heartfelt release at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. While it’s heard at nearly every show–“Thank you, you guys were great!”–vocalist Dan Reynolds and the rest of the band expressed the same, with a level of sincerity seldom seen. Their set was nothing less than high energy, Reynolds using every inch of the stage to get closer to the audience, creating an almost tangible connection with the fans. Precise, yet soulful guitar solos, wild percussion, and powerful vocals kept the crowd’s attention throughout the band’s set. One young fan, Faith Moore of Olathe, KS, was brought onstage by Reynolds, who thanked her for sharing her story with the band and declared her one of Imagine Dragons’ best fans.
Playing just before Imagine Dragons was Metric, a Toronto born but New York raised synth-pop band. While the band can be easily categorized as indie pop, they also bring a lot more to the table: lyrics laced with angst, set against a backdrop of danceable pop interspersed with both synths and guitars. Singer Emily Haines stalked around the stage, her plaintive vocals underscored with anger and feminist power.
Halsey opened the night, an up-and-coming female artist set to explode. What her vocals lack in sheer power, they more than make up with an eerie, haunting, and melodic intensity that drew the audience in. Halsey mesmerized the crowd, seemingly holding it captive with her voice and every sensual movement of her hands and hips.