Imagine Dragons' rise to superstardom was a fast one. The band's 2015 Smoke + Mirrors tour played 110 shows in 42 countries on five continents. They have sold millions of records and captured a Grammy Award along the way. For a band that only formed in 2008, that is no small feat. A July 2015 stop in Toronto, ON, was filmed before a packed house. That show makes up the Blu-ray/CD set Imagine Dragons -- Smoke + Mirrors Live.
As the show begins, the band appears as larger than life silhouettes behind a curtain. The crowd is all in from before the opening notes and their singing often matches front man Dan Reynolds in its intensity. An up-tempo "Shots" starts things off. The band matches driving drums over an orchestra of keyboards and strong harmonies in this modern, melodic pop track. Equally impressive is the band's massive light and stage show, which is truly state of the art.
"Trouble" follows, a track which belies its title with its pulsating keys and lights and marching band drums. Reynolds offers a heartfelt vocal on the track. The crowd gives a major assist on "It's Time," loudly singing along to every word. Guitarist Wayne Sermon moves to mandolin on this rhythmic number.
On "Gold" the band makes effective use of their stage and screens, offering a visual as well as audio experience. Tribal drumming from Daniel Platzman adds a dramatic effect to this dramatic song. Reynolds gives a soulful vocal on "Demons," a rendition which also features "Bleeding Out" and "Warriors." The crowd once again is there for every word of the journey.
"Radioactive" showcase a trippy intro before giving way to ringing guitars. Its powerful vocals and drums are matched by an equally impressive laser show. The show closes with the melodic rock of "The Fall," ending the performance in fine fashion.
The video is presented in 1080i High Definitionm 16:9 and looks great. Audio options include LPCM Stereo, Dobly Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio. The mix is big and powerful, matching the songs. Bonus features include multi-angle options for "Roots" and "I Was Me" and alternate versions of "Hopeless Opus" and "Gold."
Imagine Dragons' have had a meteoric rise that is rare in this day and age. Their melodic pop and explosive stage show have garnered them a large following. 15,000 fans in Toronto helped make Imagine Dragons -- Smoke + Mirrors Live a great live release.