To satisfy its ever-increasing fan base, Las Vegas-based Imagine Dragons announced that it will be embarking on a 20-plus date North American arena trek starting in Feb. 2014. The upcoming Into the Night Tour will not be the band’s first—the group began its worldwide 2013 Night Visions Tour last February in support of its debut album of the same name—but it is its first of this particular variety, which features a schedule full of major arenas.
The Imagines Dragons tour is set to visit 21 arenas in all, some of which have busier concert schedules than others. For example, Imagine Dragons is one of very few major musical guests slated to perform in the near future at the Taco Bell Center in Boise, Idaho, where the tour kicks off on Feb. 8. On the other hand, the band is just one of countless high-profile acts set to take the stage at Toronto’s Air Canada Center—from late October to early April, the venue will host an incredible list of talent, including Drake, Josh Groban, Bon Jovi, The Eagles, Kanye West, Pink, Beyoncé, Rod Stewart, Keith Urban, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, and Cher.
Unlike Imagine Dragons, most of the aforementioned acts are veterans of the industry with long histories of selling out arena shows. Here’s how some of the more notable artists earned their must-see reputations on the arena circuit.
While she had already embarked on multiple worldwide ventures, Pink’s first experience headlining a North American arena tour came in 2009, when her FunhouseTour made 11 stops in the U.S.—the last of which came at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York—and one at the Air Canada Centre. The tour was in support of her “Funhouse” album, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Timberlake had been part of several monster tours during his time with *NSYNC, but the first time he headlined shows at major North American arenas as a solo artist came during his FutureSex/LoveShow Tour in 2007, which was in support of his similarly named “FutureSex/LoveSounds” studio release. Riding the momentum of “SexyBack,” which skyrocketed to the top of the charts, Timberlake played 62 North American shows in all.
Kanye’s Yeezus Tour may be dominating music headlines in 2013, but it was his debut arena tour eight years ago that first showcased his ability to electrify a mass audience. The 2005 Touch the Sky Tour was highlighted by performances at Madison Square Garden in back-to-back nights and featured hits from “The College Dropout” and “Late Registration.”
After headlining two tours that consisted largely of college town stops, Drake will visit dozens of major arenas this fall when he hits the road for Would You Like a Tour. Originally set to launch in September, several tour dates were rescheduled “due to an intense rehearsal schedule and technical production requirements that will be part of the show,” according a rep for Drake. His highly anticipated trek, which will now begin in Pittsburgh on Oct. 18, will feature music from his latest release, “Nothing Was the Same,” and will include performances by R&B sensation, Miguel, and rapper, Future.
As for the Imagine Dragons, their complete Into the Night Tour schedule is listed below.
Imagine Dragons Tour Dates
2/8 Boise, ID | Taco Bell Arena
2/10 Vancouver, BC | Rogers Arena
2/11 Seattle, WA | Key Arena
2/13 San Jose, CA | SAP Center At San Jose
2/14 Los Angeles, CA | The Forum
2/15 San Diego, CA | Valley View Casino Center
2/17 Phoenix, AZ | US Airways Center
2/20 Austin, TX | Frank Erwin Center
2/21 Dallas, TX | American Airlines Center
2/24 Nashville, TN | Bridgestone Arena
2/26 Atlanta, GA | Philips Arena
2/28 Norfolk, VA | Constant Convocation Center
3/1 Uncasville, CT | Mohegan Sun Arena
3/3 Montreal, QC | Bell Centre
3/4 Toronto, ON | Air Canada Centre
3/6 Worcester, MA | DCU Center
3/7 Camden, NJ | Susquehanna Bank Center
3/8 East Rutherford, NJ | IZOD Center
3/12 St. Paul, MN | Xcel Energy Center
3/13 Chicago, IL | Allstate Arena
3/15 Denver, CO | Pepsi Center