Imagine Dragons drop out of 97X Next Big Thing on Saturday due to singer's illness
For more reasons than you can imagine, it pains us to write this.
Imagine Dragons have been forced to withdraw from Saturday's 97X Next Big Thing lineup due to a throat infection on the part of singer Dan Reynolds. The Las Vegas group behind hits It's Time and Radioactive has been on the rise all year, and plenty of people were coming to Next Big Thing just to see them, so this is really a bummer.
Last night, 97X posted a statement announcing the cancellation on Facebook:
...In the middle of tonight's show in Norfolk, they had to stop their performance. He was unable to continue. They've cancelled a bunch of upcoming shows including Saturday's. It's truly a bummer and believe us when we say this is the last thing we wanted to be telling you tonight, but we send our thoughts to the band and hope for a speedy recovery.
The band is expected to release a statement soon, and we'll update the Next Big Thing set times as soon as possible. For now, we can tell you that this is extremely last-minute. We spoke to Imagine Dragons bassist Ben McKee late Wednesday afternoon, and he was looking forward to Next Big Thing -- especially following the band's sold-out gig at the Ritz Ybor in October.
"All of the fans were just insane," McKee said of the Tampa gig. "It seemed like it was noe of the most rambunctions groups of people that we have ever played for. There were people lining up outside of our bus, waiting for us to get off to meet us, and everybody trying to pull us in each direction to go to a different bar to drink with them. It was crazy. Strippers backstage, trying to get us to go to their club."
We will have more on Imagine Dragons today or tomorrow. Much more.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Luis Santana, tbt*