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Jimmy Eat World

Savanna Mesch

Jimmy Eat World


Jimmy Eat World at the Arlington

Rock Band Resonates with Fans


It was a packed house at the Arlington Theatre as pop-rock legends Jimmy Eat World played an intimate show Friday night.

English newcomers The Hunna warmed up the crowd with high-energy rock music and youthful energy. The audience danced along to the band’s catchy tunes and made clear that this won’t be the band’s only visit to town. “It’s fucking beautiful, man,” said frontman Ryan Potter. “You don’t get this in England. I think we were born for Cali.”

Next up was Jimmy Eat World, and although they have been performing for more than two decades, they still know how to resonate with fans — whether they are preteens first discovering the band or lifelong listeners. “We’ve been a band for a real long time and really appreciate your support,” said lead guitarist Jim Adkins. “From playing for punk asses in Goleta to this.” Adkins was enamored by the enthusiastic crowd: “You guys seriously don’t know how it feels to be here, looking at this [packed house],” he said.

The band played songs from its new album, Integrity Blues, and tracks dating back to 1999, each played with meticulous precision and rock ‘n’ roll ferocity. The intimate feel of the venue added a special element to the show— without a mosh pit, fans were able to appreciate the music and watch the spectacle without frivolous distractions.

Adkins acknowledged how the band rarely talks during shows and twice mentioned the members’ hometown of Mesa, Arizona. His self-aware commentary throughout the show gave authenticity to the performance and showed that these music veterans don’t plan to stop making music any time soon.

Setlist

Get Right

Bleed American

I Will Steal You Back

Big Casino

If You Don’t, Don’t

You Are Free

Pass the Baby

Futures

Polaris

Blister

It Matters

You with Me

For Me This Is Heaven

Goodbye Sky Harbor

Always Be

A Praise Chorus

My Best Theory

Let it Happen

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Work

Pain

Encore

The Middle

Sure and Certain

Sweetness



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