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Flying High With Imagine Dragons: Behind an Intimate Show at 30,000 Feet

Exclusive photos from the band’s performance inside a jet on their Destination Dragons tour

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The band waits in the jetway to board their flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta as part of their Destination Dragons tour.

Melissa Golden

Imagine Dragons are always looking to connect with the people who love their music. As singer Dan Reynolds puts it, "We're just consistently trying to find ways to give back to the fans and break down the wall that exists between us and them." The same week that the Las Vegas band's Smoke + Mirrors debuted at the top of the Billboard album chart, they did this by playing a series of low-capacity shows, dubbed Destination Dragons, at some of their favorite venues. "We just went and played a lot of small clubs around the U.S. that we started playing six years ago," he says. "Places like Vegas, Utah and Atlanta." En route to the last of those cities, they played a particularly intimate gig in – of all places – the first-class section of their cross-country flight on Southwest Airlines from Las Vegas to Atlanta, rewarding contest winners with one of the most unusual performances they'll ever see. Check out photos of all the action.

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Imagine Dragons

Melissa Golden

Light It Up

"When we started as a band I would say that our crowd was primarily college kids," says Reynolds. "Now that it's crossed over to Top 40 radio, it's really opened up the range of people that come out to the shows. It's cool, because it's all ages."

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Imagine Dragons

Melissa Golden

It Comes Back to You

Imagine Dragons salute their fans. "They're the ones who support us," says Reynolds. "Really the least you can do as a band is make the effort to make the experience more exciting for them. I think especially now, with social media, it's so easy to interact with them. If you're not doing it, it seems kind of ungrateful to me."

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Wayne Sermond of Imagine Dragons

Melissa Golden

Meal Time

Guitarist Wayne Sermon sits with his boxed dinner in the band's van, waiting for the others to board.

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Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons

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On Top of the World

Reynolds is happy with how Destination Dragons worked out, but disappointed to learn that the Black Eyed Peas still hold the record for highest-altitude concert. "We're making plans right now to get on one of the first flights to outer space," he says, probably joking. "We're gonna bring some fans with us."

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