Imagine Dragons Remember Their First Time

(Radio.com) Imagine Dragons can chalk the first time they heard themselves on the radio up to some very fast, and most likely unsafe driving. The band was filming their music video for "It's Time," from their 2012 debut, Night Visions, out in Barstow, a city in California that is located halfway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

They knew that "It's Time" was going to play on the radio that day, but they weren't quite sure when. They weren't even sure if they'd be able to get the station on their car stereo since they were so far out of range.

Immediately after the shoot wrapped, the four guys got into a car and booked it back to Los Angeles. "We were driving as quickly as possible and we managed to hear the second chorus through the static," bassist Ben McKee told Radio.com hours before the band took the stage at Lollapalooza. "It's a moment I think we'll never forget."

Frontman Dan Reynolds agreed: "I don't think any of us expected last year to blow up exponentially like this, but I think we're all just delightfully surprised."

While they've only released one record, the Las Vegas-based band has been around since 2008 playing shows along the Vegas strip. The shows, which were half originals, half covers, barely paid them enough money to cover their rent.

"I think it was good that it came four years after struggle. We were a little more prepared for it than if it was after a year or something," Reynolds said. "It's kept our head a little more grounded." Read about some of those struggles and more here.

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