In a recent interview with Insider, Reynolds shared that there is a particular song in Imagine Dragons’ repertoire that many fans request during live performances. Despite its popularity among fans, Reynolds admitted that if it weren’t for their strong desire to hear it, he would likely veto performing that specific song.
Dan Reynolds, the lead singer of Imagine Dragons, has revealed that there is one massive hit from their catalog that he prefers not to perform live. In an interview with Insider, Reynolds shared that “Radioactive,” released in 2012, is his “least favorite” song to perform during concerts. However, despite his personal feelings towards the song, he acknowledges that it remains a fan favorite and understands their desire to hear it. Reynolds mentioned that if it weren’t for the fans’ overwhelming request, he would likely veto performing “Radioactive.” He further explained that the passage of time since the song’s release has contributed to his fatigue with it, making it his least favorite to play live.
Dan Reynolds explained the challenges of performing “Radioactive” during Imagine Dragons’ concerts, mentioning that they have played the song numerous times. He described it as vocally demanding due to its high range and stated that it is usually performed towards the end of the set when he is already fatigued. Despite these difficulties, Reynolds expressed his commitment to singing the hit song for the fans who want to hear it.
In contrast to some bands that choose to exclude their most popular songs from their live performances, Reynolds emphasized that Imagine Dragons’ approach is different. He acknowledged that some bands decide not to play their biggest hits, even if they are highly requested, but he respects their choices. However, he made it clear that Imagine Dragons will continue to perform “Radioactive” because they value their fans’ desires and prioritize delivering an enjoyable experience during their shows. Reynolds recognized that different bands have different approaches, and he expressed understanding and respect for those who choose not to perform their most popular songs live.
Reynolds further emphasized that playing their fans’ favorite songs is an integral part of Imagine Dragons’ ethos. He acknowledged that their fans invest their money to attend their concerts, and therefore, it is important to honor their expectations and perform the songs they want to hear. Reynolds recognized that the fans are the reason for their successful career, and playing those songs is a way of expressing gratitude and appreciation to them.
Reflecting on Imagine Dragons’ debut album Night Visions, which includes “Radioactive,” Reynolds spoke to PEOPLE last year about the significant impact it had on his life. He mentioned that the album’s creation allowed him to process a whirlwind of intense personal experiences that he went through during that period. Reynolds described the time as emotionally overwhelming and stated that he has difficulty recalling many specific memories from that period, indicating the profound effect it had on him.
Reynolds shared additional personal insights about the time surrounding the release of Night Visions. He explained that he was a Mormon missionary who had recently returned from his mission and was grappling with a loss of faith and religious uncertainty. Simultaneously, he had just gotten married, became a father, and was facing financial struggles.
Despite those challenges, Reynolds expressed deep gratitude for Night Visions. He mentioned that when he listens to the songs now, they bring a smile to his face because they reflect themes and emotions he has since moved past, such as the heartache associated with losing his religion. He acknowledged that the experiences captured in the album are no longer a part of his present life, but he can look back on that period with appreciation and gratitude for the younger version of himself who was searching for stability and meaning.