Imagine Dragons made their first appearance in Minnesota back in 2012, across the river in Minneapolis at the Basilica Block Party and since then they have become kind of a big deal! Their song “Radioactive” can be heard on heavy rotation across multiple station formats. They have an energetic stage presence, unique approach and enough catchy songs that will only help them on their upward trajectory toward being a household name and eventually selling out arenas.
Back in eight or ninth grade, I was in charge of holding the Sony Discman with surgeon-like precision (because it had zero skip protection) while riding shotgun as my brother drove the red Pontiac minivan to ski practice or school. This is where I first heard our borrowed copy of Nine Inch Nails’ “Pretty Hate Machine”. What was this music? Where could I get more? Who was behind it? That would be none other than Trent Reznor, and last night was the first time I would get to see Nine Inch Nails live.
A large crowd was gathered outside of the Pantages Theater, and for good reason. the hero of the hour, Twin Cities native Cpl. (Ret.) United States Marine Corps Mark Litynski was there. He was just 23 when an IED blast ripped off both of his legs and most of his left arm, slashing into his remaining arm, shattering his pelvis and driving a rock and other debris up into his abdominal cavity. A local news station was interviewing him, and people were waiting for the chance to meet him, shake his hand, and thank him for his sacrifice and service. The concert was a benefit to raise money to build Mark and his wife Heather a Smart Home to help Mark live with more independence.