Back in 2013, Imagine Dragons wowed a Portland crowd with a sold-out gig at the Roseland Theater, only months after opening up for AWOLNATION at the same venue. (Read Vortex's review of AWOLNATION's most recent Roseland performance in late May.)
This year, the band kicked off their first-ever arena tour at Portland's own Moda Center (formerly the Rose Garden) on Wednesday, June 3 by playing a breathtaking set of songs off the new record, Smoke + Mirrors (watch the video for “Shots” below), along with well-loved tracks off their debut, Night Visions.
With a full arena to utilize, the band was able to bring along a large-scale production with moving screens, strobes and lasers, plus a confetti-filled finale.
Halsey opened the night with a beautiful set of pop, much to the appreciation of her many fans in the crowd. And Toronto’s Metric took their place as the night's second act, performing their new wave-style synthpop with tracks from past albums as well as the upcoming release Pagans in Vegas.