Las Vegas indie rockers Imagine Dragons have been on the road for more than a year and are looking forward to stepping into the newly revamped Forum.
Imagine Dragons - frontman Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel Platzman - will stop at the Inglewood venue Friday with the Naked and Famous on this last leg of their tour.
The band has been touring in support of its platinum-certified debut album, "Night Visions" (Kidinakorner/Interscope).
"Touring in February and March puts the final stamp on the 'Night Visions' tour. It has been very awesome and very long," Sermon said. "We have started to write a lot and have 70 demos already. We want to increase it to more than 100, then work on 20 in the studio and whittle it down to 10."
The band doesn't have a release date in mind yet, as the members plan to "take our time and make sure it's right," Sermon said.
Sermon's first instrument was the piano. His mother made him take lessons when he was 8. He moved on to cello at age 10 and continues to play it today. But Sermon discovered his true musical destiny as a tween visiting a music store with his father.
"I was 12 and I don't think I ever saw an electric guitar before. We lived in a small town," Sermon said. "I saw the guitar in the corner and it was done."
He received a guitar for Christmas and was hooked. It also gave him a spot in the family band with his parents and two siblings. The quintet performed at parties and corporate events.
Fast-forward to 2008 when Imagine Dragons formed and Sermon recalls how the band spent its early years playing the casinos in Las Vegas, offering up a set lush with cover tunes and interspersed with originals. The foursome played up to six hours a night or more, anywhere they could get a booking.
"We plugged away and we never said no," Sermon said. "It was all that time onstage that made us who we are. There's nothing better than playing onstage."
Sermon, still surprised at Imagine Dragons' success, also credits the support of their fans for allowing the band members to do what they love.
"Our fans are the only reason we have jobs," he said. "Our only goal was we wanted to make an honest living doing music."
IMAGINE DRAGONS with The Naked and Famous
When: 7 p.m. Feb. 14.
Where: The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood.
Information: 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com.
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