AMSTERDAM — At this point, Imagine Dragons might want to consider making Amsterdam their second home. After all, they already have a song named after the city, one that received a rather tremendous response last weekend, when they played it at their sold-out show at the nearby Melkweg concert hall.
And now, they’re back to perform at Sunday’s 2013 MTV EMA, alongside the likes of Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry … only, they won’t be taking the stage at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome. Instead, they’re going to be partying with the people.
“We’re performing at a venue next door, in front of our friends. And we wanted to make a lot of money, so we made the tickets 5 Euros,” frontman Dan Reynolds laughed. “We saw it as an opportunity to kind of play a more intimate show for some of our fans … especially the ones who weren’t able to see us last week.”
So not only will the Dragons EMA gig serve as a return engagement, but it also gives the an opportunity to showcase their strengths on stage . After all, their relentless live show is just part of the reason they’ve become the year’s breakout band … though even they’ll admit they’re better at the “playing” than the “talking.”
“As you can tell, our banter is sort of our weak point,” Reynolds laughed. “But when you do a one-off song, you have to force out energy, but when you’re in the middle of the set, it kinds of builds up, it’s natural … we’ll be in our natural habitat.”
And when the EMA cuts in live to their Sunday night show, what song will Imagine Dragons be playing? They think they know … though there’s still some time for them to change their minds.
“We’re probably going to play ‘Radioactive,’ but you never know, we might change it up at the last minute and play ‘Love Song’ by the Cure,” Reynolds said. “Or maybe we’ll play ‘Amsterdam.’”