Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds gave an inspiring message about survival at his band’s show in Chicago on Wednesday (Oct. 18) night in the wake of the Oct. 1 Las Vegas mass shooting at Route 91 Harvest country music festival. In a video posted by TMZ, the Vegas native told shouting fans inside the United Center that the entire tour has taken on a new meaning for the group.
“And I’ll tell you why,” he said. “If there’s one thing that I’ve seen from our home town over the last week, it’s people who will not be controlled by fear.” Wearing all white, Reynolds spoke about how he looks out every night at packed arenas on the band’s tour in support of their Evolve album during a time when “some may say we should be fearful. We are not fearful. Music will prevail, peace will prevail. We will continue to gather together to hear each other, to listen, to see each other for who we are.”
The singer also assured fans that his band and their crew take every precaution to keep them safe and secure. Concert security has once again been thrust front and center following the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival on the Vegas strip, where a crazed gunman rained down more than 1,000 rounds on the 22,000 fans gathered below, killing 58 and injuring more than 500.