I caught the “Demons” video while I was getting ready for work one morning. I didn’t pay much attention since I had bought the “Night Visions” album not long after it was released and was very familiar with the song. The end of the video is what caught my attention. I heard what sounded like a home video and then the crowd chanting a name, Tyler.
During some downtime at work, I decided to check out the entire video. The premise behind it shows fans at their concert enjoying themselves, then flashes to the troubles they are facing at home. That in itself is a great message. When you’re listening to music or attending a concert, you are able to escape reality. I won’t get into the details of each scenario depicted, you can see that for yourself.
At the end of the filming of the song, the screen goes black and reads “In memory of Tyler Robinson (1995-2013) Who inspired us with his courage as he battled cancer”. This is followed by a video of Tyler singing along with frontman Dan Reynolds to “It’s Time” and finishes with the crowd chanting “Tyler”.
Tyler Robinson was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, at the age of 16. According to tylerrobbinsonfoundation.com Tyler’s outlook on life post-diagnosis was enthusiastic and optimistic. He felt a strong connection to the lyrics of “It’s Time”, The road to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell. When the Imagine Dragons heard of this, they dedicated the song to Tyler at a show, which was the beginning of a great friendship.
You can read Tyler’s story in his own words and learn more about the Tyler Robinson Foundation which financially helps families affected by childhood cancer, at tylerrobbinsonfoundation.com.