Jimmy Eat World performed a sold out show at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. on Oct. 15, 2014. Currently on a Fall North American Tour to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of their album “Futures,” Jimmy Eat World put on an outstanding show before an enthusiastic audience.
For many in the audience, watching the “Futures” performance was undoubtedly a nostalgic opportunity to reminisce on where they were when they first heard the “Futures” album back in 2004 and during the past decade. At the show, Jimmy Eat World performed the entire 11 songs on the “Futures” album in the same order, delighting the audience. The lyrics of the songs on the album clearly resonated with the audience and many people sang along with every song throughout the show.
Released in Oct. 2004, “Futures” was Jimmy Eat World’s fifth album. Futures reached number six on the Billboard 200 chart. “Pain,” a single on the album, ranked number one on the Billboard U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart and received Gold status by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album’s single “Work” peaked at number six on the Billboard U.S. Alternative Songs Chart and “Futures” reached number 27 on the Billboard U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart.
“Futures” followed up on the heels of Jimmy Eat World’s 2001 album “Bleed American,” the album that catapulted the band to commercial success. “The Middle,” the second single on the album, is their most commercially successful single to date, reaching number one on the Billboard U.S. Alternative Songs chart and peaking in the top 10 on five other Billboard charts. Other hits on “Bleed American” include: “Sweetness,” “Praise Chorus” and the song “Bleed American.”
After “Futures,” the band released three additional albums: “Chase This Light” (2007), “Invented” (2010) and “Damage” (2013).
Formed in 1993 in Mesa, Ariz., Jimmy Eat World’s lineup is: Jim Adkins (lead vocalist, guitarist), Tom Linton (guitarist, backing vocalist), Rick Burch (bass) and Zach Lind (drums). Also touring with the band is Robin Vining (keyboards, percussion, guitar, backing vocals).
When the band hit the stage, they performed “Futures,” the first song on the album. As frontman Adkins began to sing the first lines of the song: “I, I always believed in futures, I hope for better in November…” the audience immediately started singing along. The lyrics seemed perfectly fitting for a 10 year anniversary celebration. Many in the audience passionately chanted along with the line in the song: “Say hello to good times!”
During the next song “Just Tonight…” the audience participation picked up even further and the audience clapped along to the song, as well as to the hit song “Work” that the band performed next. After that Jimmy Eat World performed “Kill” and “The World You Love.”
When the band played their hit song “Pain” the audience became even more exuberant–dancing, jumping and singing along with their arms in the air, and shouting along with the line: “It takes my pain away!” After “Pain” the band performed “Drugs or Me,” a ballad that Adkins sang while playing an acoustic guitar.
Next, the band performed: “Polaris,” “Nothingwrong” and “Night Drive.” Concluding the set, they played “23,” the final song on the album.
After that the band left the stage, and then returned not once, but twice, for encores. During the encores, the band played a melody of songs from their other albums, but notably they did not play their biggest hit song “The Middle.”
During the first encore, the band performed five songs, including three songs: “Over,” “Closer” and “Disintegration” from their 2005 EP “Stay on My Side Tonight.” Jimmy Eat World also played “Claire” from “Static Prevails” (1996) and “Blister” from their album “Clarity” (1999).
When the band came back for the second time, they played two newer hit songs from albums that were released after “Futures”: “I Will Steal You Back,” the lead single from “Damage” (2013), and “My Best Theory” from “Invented” (2010).
Finishing off the evening, Jimmy Eat World performed two songs from their album “Bleed American”: the song “Bleed American” and then “Sweetness.” “Bleed American” received an impassioned audience response, second only in intensity to their reaction earlier in the evening during “Pain.”
Jimmy Eat World’s performance of “Sweetness” was a perfectly sweet ending to a great show. During the song, Adkins encouraged the audience’s participation and they enthusiastically complied. When Adkins sang the lyrics: “Are you listening?” the audience sang along with the response: “Whoa,oh,oh,oh,oh,oh,” and then he sang: “Sing it back” to which they happily chanted: “Ah,oh,oh,oh,oh,oh…” and so on in unison throughout the song, concluding the show on a high note.
Throughout the evening, Jimmy Eat World rocked out with high energy and gave the audience what many of them were seeking: an enjoyable evening of musical reflection back to the time when “Futures” was the present.