Imagine Dragons' bassist: Don't make Seahawks the hero

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Imagine Dragons bassist Ben McKee has a simple reason he wants the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl - he doesn't want to see the Seattle Seahawks made into heroes.

McKee is a native of Forestville in Northern California and roots for the San Francisco 49ers. He doesn't want to see any good fortune visit a division rival, even if the Patriots have been criticized by some for playing an entire half of their last game with underinflated footballs.

''I would hate to see the Seahawks as heroes,'' McKee said on Friday before he and his band played the DirecTV Super Fan Fest in Glendale, Ariz.

Imagine Dragons won a Grammy Award for their song ''Radioactive,'' and their next album, ''Smoke + Mirrors,'' will be released on Feb. 17.

The following week, the band will play a show on a Southwest Airlines jet flying at 35,000 feet. A contest will begin next week in which a fan and three friends will be chosen for the airborne performance.

''We've definitely played stranger venues,'' McKee joked.

His bandmates chimed in with more quips, noting that they had played smaller venues and this time will have a captive audience.

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Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP

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