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    Ben McKee Appreciation Post

    I briefly met Ben McKee at a meet and greet last June! He is certainly the shortest one of the Imagine Dragons(about 5 1/2 feet tall) but he was absolutely bristling with energy! He was going on stage in a short while! He had to greet hundreds of people that night but he took the time to shake my hand and make eye contact and say hello. His deep radio-announcer type voice is just the best! He even took the time to admire my Imagine Dragons tattoo and I have the picture to prove it!
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    Ben does have some very devoted fans but I believe he feels overshadowed sometimes. Ben had all of the firebreathers on Twitter crying on October 7, 2016 when he never explained his Tweet reading, "If I leave you, it doesn't mean I love you any less." Everyone briefly feared he might be leaving the band. His Valentine's post was much more upbeat. "Today is an opportunity to celebrate love in whatever form it may exist for you. It is all around you if you're open to receive it. #goodfeel "

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    Ben is the bass guitarist for Imagine Dragons and he puts his all into the live performances. He takes his turn drumming and harmonizing with the band but if you watch , you'll catch him singing along even when he is not behind a microphone. Ben does an amazing job of dancing and spinning with his bass guitar. He claps his hands to get the audience to participate and he has the brightest smile.

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    On of my favorite pictures is from the Shots Remix video when he was obviously not a fan of heights but he was a team player and went along.
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    Another great photo is this one from I'm On Top of the World
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    Another picture I love is from the dress rehearsal at the Grammys when they experimented with the pain cannons the first time. I think brave Ben was the one that got the closest! I als think that he's breathing in the chemicals!
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    Benjamin Arthur McKee! I'm sure his mother yelled that a time or two. Ben was born on April 7, 1985 and raised in Forestville, California. His second grade teacher had a glimpse of the rock star Ben would become. "Mrs. C asked the class to write a letter about our adult selves about what we would be doing with our lives when we were grown up. But that wasn't the end of it." He said, "More than a decade later she came to our high school graduation and gave the letter to us. Mine said I was going to,be a musician and travel the world." Pretty cool that Ben McKee always knew what he wanted to be when he grew up!
    John Beck The Press Democrat May 23, 2015

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    Ben was class president in high school and got in trouble for buying milk and cookies for his entire class.
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    Ben then attended Berklee College of Music where he met Wayne Sermon and Daniel Platzman. John Beck's article continues, "They asked me if I wanted to drop out of school and move to Vegas. I was just about to graduate from Berklee but I realized there wasn't anything I wanted to do professionally that involved ad degree, so I did it."
    Ben's mischievous side continued with his new band Imagine Dragons. The band had to call a truce on all practical jokes. Ben is also the only member of the band who has been arrested. He was arrested for public nudity on the Las Vegas strip. I guess what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas! Dan Reynolds bailed him out minutes before he was due on stage. McKee told Billboard Magazine, "There were some bad choices being made. Vegas is a crazy place."

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    This was the day Ben McKee "borrowed" Wayne's phone without his knowledge and wrote himself an appreciation Tweet!

    Ben told John Beck, "The last show we played at Oakland at Live 105 Christmas festival, when I looked out into the audience, I could see a vast pool of people, everybody's having a good time. And then there's this one section of people just going completely crazy, some of them not wearing shirts, falling over each other-that's my section. The only people that got kicked out of the concert or weren't let in because they were being too inappropriate, were people on my guest list."
    Some Ben McKee trivia, is that Ben is quite the competitor and winner of spicy food competitions due to the nature of his cast iron stomach. There are some early vines from Imagine Dragons in which Ben is trying to see how many green olives will fit in his mouth (yes, an entire jar!) and drinking an entire bottle of pancake syrup.

    Ben was understandably excited about his first solo cover photo for Bass Guitar Magazine in December15, 2015. Nick Robbins writes, "Don't worry if you've never heard of the American rock band Imagine Dragons. Like me, you're probably over 40 and lacking in time and energy to dig too deep into new music. But it's definitely about time you paid attention to the frankly amazing music of the Nevada-based quartet. Why? Firstly and most importantly because they've done the clever thing that so many trained musicians forget to do: dump the advanced musicology and write songs that speak to people. Secondly, because they've won dozens of Grammy, Billboard, and other awards for songwriting and thus have some useful lessons for the writers among us."
    Robbins asked Ben what his secret was to retaining sanity after years and years touring. Ben answered, "Focus on health and well being. It's challenging to maintain connections while you're on the road, so be prepared to lose some relationships, which won't be easy to deal with. Find balance, which will help you to find energy when you're at your darkest and most depressed and you need to get off the tour bus and play. Go into town and walk about a bit, it'll brighten your mood. There are lots of experiences to have on the road. It's all about what you make of them."
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    Ben's classmate, Aleta Copestakes told the Sonoma County Gazette (March 2016) about a very young Ben McKee and about going to her first Imagine Dragons concert. "I remember Ben McKee as a little boy with bright blonde hair and a bowl haircut. He was a bit of a goof. The class clown who always got better grades than I did. He dressed funny, had an awkward laugh, an automatic reflex to make a silly face whenever a camera was pointed at him. He got along with everyone and was made popular because he had the coolest mom of all of us."

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    Dinner of a rock star.

    Of the concert she says, "Since the band was still relatively unknown, Ben got us on the guest list. I was admittedly fearful that they were going to be terrible. But when they came on stage the energy in the audience immediately shifted. The excitement was palpable, every single person there knew the words to every single song. I was astounded. Heroes come in many forms, and he is a hero in his own right for showing the next generation of Forestville babies that ANYTHING is possible and that it is okay to dream big. Every once in a while dreams come true."
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    I sent Mr. McKee a Tweet this morning and he liked it!
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    I am happier than Dan Reynolds with a whole box of Cocoa Pebbles right now!
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    Thank you, Michelle, for the biography and all the informations about Ben. Unfortunately I don't know much about him.

    But I like him. He is very funny. I love the end of the "Shots-Remix"-Video-Clip so much. It's very funny and I laugh every time, when I see that face!

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    I love Ben so much, all of them are my favorites for different reasons, but he is a super favorite in many ways but mainly because in interviews and things he is so dang funny. I wish I could meet them all again. I really do!!!


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