“It’s a slippery slope. There are corrupt leaders and warmongers all over the world”; Imagine Dragons frontman responds to Serj Tankian’s criticism

Imagine Dragons have come under fire for their recent performances in Israel and Azerbaijan, with System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian slamming them for the latter, accusing them of supporting a regime guilty of human rights abuses.

Tankian, the Armenian-American lead singer of System Of A Down, has strongly condemned Imagine Dragons for their concert in Baku, Azerbaijan, on September 2, 2023. In a letter sent last year, Tankian urged the band to reconsider the show, citing concerns about Azerbaijan’s authoritarian president, Ilham Aliyev. He said the show could “contribute to whitewashing the image of the dictatorial regime.”

After months of silence, Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds responded to the allegations by defending his decisions in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. He explained that the band’s stance is to prioritize their fans over the actions of political leaders. “I don’t think we should deprive our fans who want to see us play because of the actions of their leaders and their governments”Reynolds said. “I think it’s a slippery slope. There are corrupt leaders and warmongers all over the world, and where do you draw the line?”

Asked directly about Tankian’s comments, Reynolds stood by his point, repeating: “It’s a slippery slope, and I will never deprive our fans of playing for them.”

Meanwhile, Imagine Dragons released their latest album, Loom, on June 28 via Interscope, continuing their musical journey across the world despite criticism.

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