Imagine Dragons totals $ 2.6 million on the Las Vegas Strip

Pauses in action don’t always have to be negative. Friday night on the Strip served as an example. The revamped schedule of the Tyler Robinson Foundation’s Rise Up Gala, forced by the pandemic shutdown, resulted in a positive anniversary at the outdoor pavilion at Wynn Las Vegas.

The rescheduled event landed on the 10th anniversary of the first time Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Ben McKee and Dan Platzman of imagine Dragons met Tyler Robinson.

Robinson was the Provo, Utah teenager who drew on the band’s music for their noble battle with brain cancer. Robinson’s death from a brain tumor in March 2013 at the age of 17 inspired the annual gala. From the stage, Reynolds remembered the night Robinson had shown up at a club concert in Provo.

“I still remember looking at him and seeing him in the back of the room, and slowly they brought him to the front,” Reynolds said. “By the end of the song, he was on everyone’s shoulders. It was a sight to see. I wish you were all here.

The group then covered what they called “Tyler’s Song”, “It’s Time”. The acoustic rendering was as clear and beautiful as the night, with 600 participants sharing the charitable atmosphere of the group.

With its first appearance at the gala since 2019, the group, master of ceremonies Joel McHale, and the energized TRF team raised $ 2,627,000.

That’s over a million dollars ahead of the pre-event forecast for a successful night out. A total of $ 10.3 million has been raised to fight pediatric cancer since the event began in 2014, at a ballroom at the former Hard Rock Hotel, now Virgin Hotel Las Vegas.

The group’s live set, lasting about 50 minutes, highlighted and closed the evening. The set list – wait, there was no set list, so the performance – was peppered with favorites like “My Life”, “Whatever It Takes”, and a jazz version (yes, for real) of ” Believer “and a new track,” It’s OK “, taken from the band’s last and fifth album,” Mercury – Act 1 “.

Reynolds battled allergies while joking with the group throughout the performance. He stung McKee for taking allergy medicine before the show, saying, “I can’t take this because of my voice.” McKee said he had no such concerns: “It’s a good thing I don’t sing first.”

The group then auctioned off their guitars, along with three picks for $ 300 each, to increase the night’s hold. Reynolds, who presented him as always on stage, was exhausted by the end.

“The mere fact that we were able to raise over $ 2 million tonight, coming back after COVID, makes me really happy,” Reynolds said afterward. “I don’t really have any words here.”

Understood. He sang them all.

This child

The Dragons hosted a 12-year-old guest singer to the acoustic performance. Reynolds (with the Sermon Sting) offered a donation of $ 50,000 for anyone to take the mic and sing “Radioactive” in its entirety. After he seemed to find no takers, Cooper Sandoval, a TRF Ambassador visiting with his family from Reno, took the stage.

With Reynolds’ help, Cooper sang the song. The place collapsed. The roar drowned the ubiquitous helicopters hovering over the Strip.

Cooper has been a huge Imagine Dragons fan “since I was 8,” he says. His rush to action was unplanned.

“I heard Dan asking for help,” the sudden star said. “I had to go up, and I know the song.”

These winners

The Rise Up Gala honored several community leaders who have contributed to the TRF effort. Those honored on Friday included Intermountain Healthcare, TRF Community Impact Laureate, Richard Rundle Elementary School, TRF Team Laureate and TRF Legacy Award recipient. Matthieu frazier and the John C. Kish Foundation.

McHale’s fate

McHale had recounted what could have been interpreted as a joke about his interrupted flight to Las Vegas. He was delayed to leave Atlanta because of some unruly Philadelphia Eagles fans.

“I had an 11 o’clock flight from Atlanta, and all of a sudden we started taxiing to the gate, and the pilot sort of mumbled something about the maintenance, ”McHale said immediately after the event. “They actually pulled unruly passengers out because they were coming to Las Vegas. So we had to wait for them to be picked up and wait for their luggage to be picked up. “

McHale, who missed the 2019 gala for a film shoot, was almost delayed after the event’s start time at 7 p.m. “I was doing the math and I thought if we took off in the next hour, I would be on time,” McHale said. “Otherwise, I’m screwed. But we did it through the skin of our teeth.

Waller unavailable

Tight winger star raiders Darren waller, who had been announced as the first recipient of the TRF Inspiration Award, did not attend the event. Officials said Waller “had a personal situation and was unable to attend.”

Turner burns him

Earl Turner makes his long-awaited return to Myron’s at the Smith Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday. “A Brand New Me” is the title of the show, and count on something special from Turner. The backing group of the longtime Vegas favorite includes Michael Gonzalez on the keys, Pablo Gadda on guitar, Chris Coleman on bass, Kevin Cloud to the battery, Jason levi on the trumpet, Pierre Rob on the saxophone, and Dave philippus with a trombone.

Turner hosted a Facebook chat show during much of the pandemic. The process led him to an artistic introspection. He says: “I will have a lot of new arrangements and a few songs that are personally close to me. It’s gonna be fire. I’ll introduce you to some funk. Hey, we met. The meeting is Wednesday.

Around the table

We had the chance to hang out with Brian newman and his wife, Angie Pontani; and the powerful couple from the music industry Zoe and Pat Thrall on the other. Newman and Pontani were summarily moved by the night’s outpouring of goodwill, as well as the stellar musicality of the Dragons (we agreed that at the next Rise Up Gala he should cut his teeth). The couple left just as the group took the stage so they could get to Newman’s “After Dark” show at NoMad Library, in which Pontani performs burlesque acts.

Former director of Studio at the Palms, Zoe Thrall is now director of studio operations at the Hideout Recording Studio in Henderson. Pat Thrall is also a studio genius and a great guitarist / songwriter (he wrote Pat Travers’ “Snortin ‘Whiskey,” among a myriad of other credits).

When the Dragons presented “Believer,” Reynolds asked his bandmates, “Should we do the jazz version? Thrall laughed and said, “Jazz version? Are you joke me? These guys are awesome.

Cool Hang Alert

The “Flat 9 Entertainment Presents, Las Vegas Amplified Jazz Experience” will take place on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sunmerlin Performing Arts Center, 1771 Inner Circle Drive. Guitarist Adam Hawley, saxophonist Phil denny and guest singer Lisa Gay lead the program. The great Vegas musicians abound, with Bill Zappia, Chris Clermont, Rochon Westmoreland, Charles McNeal and Sergio Adame adorning the scene. The cost is $ 37-49, find the ducats at

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