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From bingo halls to the Hall of Fame

Indie rockers Imagine Dragons have come a long way since playing in casinos, and are now celebrating their latest song writing achievement.

Imagine Dragons front man Dan Reynolds has been acknowledged with the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award, which he will receive at the upcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala at New York City’s Marriott Marquis Hotel this June.

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Reynolds’ writing talents have led him to pen some of the band’s biggest hits, including Radioactive, which held the number one spot on the Alternative and Rock Songs chart for an incredible 23 weeks. Reynolds will join the ranks of Alicia Keys and John Legend to be given the accolade.

From deserts to the Big Apple

Despite forming just six years ago, the Las Vegas born rockers have come a long way since their humble beginnings performing in casinos. Rather than jetting off to Los Angeles to try and make the big time or even trying to crack New York, the boys stayed on their home soil and have no regrets.

The likes of the Bellagio and the Venetian weren’t quite the boys’ scene back in 2008, and instead, the rockers would be playing in smaller venues on the Strip such as Oshea’s. One particular moment was the turning point in their career however, as frontman Reynolds recalls fondly on the band’s website: “We were on our final song of a six-hour set. I got to the end of the song and just fully passed out in the middle of singing. I came to, got up, finished the song, and we got a standing ovation from all these people at this tiny little casino at 3am on a weekday in Vegas. Something about that moment bonded us and made us realise that we were building a connection with people from all over the country.”

Surviving in a crisis

It seems ironic that the boys started out in casinos given the economic climate, especially now that indie fans can simply log on to online casinos like Gaming Club and have their music coming from YouTube rather than the pressure of attending a gig. But despite forming in the dawn of the credit crunch, the boys have defied all odds and have gone on to perform at the Grammys and even earn MTV VMAs nominations.

If something like the VMAs can launch the career of Miley Cyrus however, then Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Ben Mckee and Daniel Platzman should have no problems in making an even bigger impact on the music scene in the near future. We wish them all the best.

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