Dan Reynolds Shares The Imagine Dragons Song He Wished He’d Have Vetoed

Imagine Dragons vocalist Dan Reynolds recently sat down with Insider and reflected on the band’s discography. When it was asked Dan to rank the Dragons’ diamond-certified songs (2012 ‘Radioactive,’ 2013 ‘Demons,’ 2017 ‘Believer,’  2017 ‘Thunder‘), he put ‘Radioactive’ in the last place, and told that had it has been up to him, he would take different decisions about performing the song:

“‘Radioactive’ is a song that a lot of fans want to hear. And if it weren’t for that, I probably would veto that song. It’s probably my least favorite to play.”

He also explained why he doesn’t favor their song, which has 1.4 billion views on YouTube:

“It’s one of those things where it’s like, first of all, it’s just length of time. We’ve played ‘Radioactive,’ I don’t know how many times, but let’s just say a lot of times. It’s a hard song to sing just vocally. It’s very high. It’s always at the end of the set, so I’m tired at that point.”

However, Reynolds also clarified that presenting a satisfactory show for his fans is more important than his thoughts on the setlist:

“There’s a lot of bands that are like, ‘We don’t play this song live anymore. We don’t care that everybody wants to hear it. We don’t care it’s our most popular song.’ And that’s fine. I get it, respect. I’m not hating on those bands. But that’s not what we do. That’s just not our ethos. It’s not who we are. Our fans are paying money to be there and they want to hear these songs that they want to hear.”

As Dan said, the ‘overplaying’ of songs that reached their peak popularity sometimes causes bands to shun these songs from their setlist. Nirvana’s late Kurt Cobain refused to play ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant refrained from playing ‘Stairway to Heaven’ despite high demand, and Radiohead stopped playing ‘Creep.’

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