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  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 29, 2013 - 4:41 PM

“It was from singing too much,” he said. “After that, we had to make rules: only three shows in a row and then a day off to recuperate. Even right now I’m on a steroid because we broke our rule of three in a row. We just couldn’t say no to this We Day show in Canada.”

Another casualty of their grueling schedule: The singer missed his daughter’s first birthday last month.

“I had to celebrate it with her a week and a half later,” he said. “I had a day off in Oregon. That’s where my wife’s family is from, so we celebrated there. It was a bummer for me. This will be my second Thanksgiving that I missed. But it’s like any job; you have to make sacrifices. My wife’s a musician, so she understands. But it’s been difficult — the hardest part of everything.”

But there have been some unforgettable rewards — such as meeting his idol Rivers Cuomo, of Weezer, who told Reynolds that he loved Imagine Dragons’ music, or playing to festival crowds of 50,000 to 100,000 people.

But nothing may have been more satisfying than the letter Reynolds received recently from his third-grade teacher, Mrs. Rivers.

“I hadn’t heard from her since third grade. She said: ‘I saw your band on TV.’ It was a sweet letter. I got in trouble back in the day, and now it’s come full circle.”

Not bad for a hyperactive drummer boy.


Twitter: @JonBream • 612-673-1719

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