Dan Reynolds’ life has changed.
He just doesn’t know to what extent yet.
“I haven’t even had a moment to even really understand what’s going on,” the Imagine Dragons frontman says bemusedly. “The most I’ve seen of it is my mom calling and being like, ‘The neighbors and this kid from high school have come by the house.’ I haven’t even been home. We’re so in the middle of it that it’s really hard to see beyond that.”
And at this point, why would they even attempt to do so in the first place?
After all, the view from where they’re at right now is pretty sweet.
Imagine Dragons’ full-length debut, “Night Visions,” has sold more than a million-and-a-half copies since its September 2012 release and is the third best-selling disc of the year only behind albums by Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars. Two singles from the disc, “It’s Time” and “Radioactive,” have sold 2 million and 6 million copies, respectively, and on the road, the band has been selling out bigger and bigger venues all year long.
Reynolds equates the group’s surge in popularity to being the guy in high school who no girl likes, initially.
Then, one day, a girl expresses interest, the other girls take note, and all of a sudden, they all want a date.
“It’s just funny, the psychology of how all that works,” Reynolds says, acknowledging that he’s still trying to get his head around it all.
“I was talking to my brother yesterday on the phone,” he continues, “and he was telling me that he wants to send me over a list of 10 questions that he thinks I should answer to myself. A couple of the questions he was asking me were like, ‘How do you feel that people treat you differently now than they did a year ago?’ Or, ‘How do you feel your personal happiness is right now?’ He said, ‘You’ll only be in this moment once, where you still remember what it feels like to have people treat you normally versus people treating you like a celebrity,’ which to me, is such a fickle thing.”
Reynolds certainly isn’t complaining about the demands of the band’s burgeoning fame — “The greatest things in the world are happening to me. I’m living a dream” — but he does acknowledge the occasional bouts of loneliness during the past two years of near-constant touring. He has a 1-year-old daughter who he’s only been able to spend two months with, and is building a home in Las Vegas that he won’t get to see much of any time soon.
The band just announced its first arena tour, which launches next February, and will be plenty busy up until then, including the group’s return home as one of the top-billed acts at Life Is Beautiful.
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