OREM -- Imagine Dragons returned to Utah Valley Monday night to play for a sold-out crowd at the UCCU Center at UVU. The band, which features lead singer Dan Reynolds, a BYU alumnus, and guitarist Wayne Sermon, who grew up in American Fork, has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity in the last year, transitioning from playing small venues to sold-out arenas on an international tour.
Thousands of fans lined up outside the UCCU Center, some of them waiting outside all day to get the best seats possible. Sisters Korielle and Arianna Rees, who drove almost two hours from Benson, were first in line at 8:30 a.m.
"It's worth it," Korielle Rees said. "I love Imagine Dragons. I've been following them for, like, ever, and they're finally popular."
Arianna Rees said Imagine Dragons has something that many bands today lack.
"Most music these days, the lyrics just are meaningless to me, there's no substance to them," she said. "With Imagine Dragons, their music is fun to listen to and the lyrics are just awesome."
For some fans from the area, it has been exciting to see their hometown band erupt into stardom.
"I used to go to their concerts when they were free, just small venues here in Provo," Ryan Ogden said as he waited in line. "I travel a lot and I heard them this summer when I was in Turkey, and I heard them in Guatemala, so it's weird to hear them outside of the country. They're everywhere."
Imagine Dragons is touring with Nico Vega, whose lead singer, Aja Volkman, is married to Imagine Dragons's Reynolds.