Dan Reynolds, lead vocalist of the rock band Imagine Dragons, has earned legions of fans worldwide with sold out tours and a string of chart topping songs including “Radioactive” and “Thunder.” The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning band, who recently released their new single “Next To Me,” returns to North America this summer for their Evolve tour, which will hit major cities including Hartford, Boston and New York.
Even while the band is in the middle of a busy tour schedule, Reynolds continues his efforts to make a difference in the lives of others by supporting several causes, including his work as an advocate for the ankylosing spondylitis (AS) community.
Reynolds partnered with the Spondylitis Association of America and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation in 2016 as the host of This AS Life Live!, the first online talk show for people with AS by people with AS. A form of arthritis, AS is a life-long, painful and debilitating auto-inflammatory disease primarily affecting the spinal joints, although it may also affect other joints as well, including the neck and hips.1,2 For Reynolds, AS is personal—it took him many years to be properly diagnosed, and three of his brothers also live with AS. This is why he’s committed to raising awareness of the disease that impacts an estimated 1.7 million people in the U.S. but remains relatively unknown.3,4