Thursday evening at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale started with a promise. A promise that music-lovers would be enveloped in the crunching guitar rock sounds of 1990’s rock music favorites Jimmy Eat World.
As soon as you walked in you could sense the loyalty of those assembled in the small venue, many smoking cigarettes outside and chatting up with friends, eagerly purchasing tees and stickers from the vendors stand. Many huddled in front of the stage, jealously keeping their spot, while others casually bought beers and stood upstairs where you could get the best view of the small, but imposing, stage.
Jimmy Eat World is best known for tugging at the hearts of many, their songs bringing listeners back to days of flannel, movie soundtracks and times of broken hearts when a song played on “shuffle” on a CD player was enough to woo one’s desired date to prom. Their music, considered “emocore”, is known for their intense lyrics about love lost, love found and sometimes even about life’s little own tragedy of finding oneself.
So, once the alternative rock band from Mesa, Arizona, formed in 1993 took the stage at around 9:08 p.m. it was time to rock. And what rock and roll it was. The band,composed of lead vocalist and guitarist Jim Adkins, guitarist and backing vocalist Tom Linton, bassist Rick Burch and drummer Zach Lind, knows how to keep a crowd moving. And they knew that the best way to do it is with their music that night.
“Good evening!,” yelled lead singer and guitarist Jim Adkins as he ran left and right on the stage. “Are you guys ready for tonight?”
Ready they were, as fans ferociously fought to get to the front of the stage and keep the best view. Jimmy Eat World weren’t talkers, they were here to play their music, and they knew their fans were loyal enough to listen. Their first minutes onstage included hits and even B-sides such as “Bleed American” , “My Best Theory”, the up-tempo “Coffee and Cigarettes”, “Let It Happen”, “For Me This is Heaven” and the romantic, “Clarity”. But nothing compared to when the band played their rare and upbeat tune, “Lucky Denver Mint”. Fists raised in the air, this got the crowd moving to a frenzy as the reminisced on the band’s tune. The song, featured on the Drew Barrymore movie’s “Never Been Kissed” soundtrack, was a song sure to bring hardcore fans to their feet.
“You guys are everywhere!”, exclaimed lead singer Jim Adkins as he playfully peeked at the crowd. “What a great group!”
If there’s one thing we can say about the band throughout the night is that they remained grateful to have a following and people there to enjoy their music. Towards the end of the concert when they played the romantic tune “May Angels Lead You In”, they made sure to show the crowd the love.
“Thank you so much for coming out,” said Adkins. “Glad you still remember us!”
And of course they are remembered. With tunes such as encores “The Middle” and “Sweetness”, all filled with Top 40-friendly hooks and memories of days of yore, who can deny the sugary sweet tug of Jimmy Eat World’s music? This is a band worth catching live, on a random Thursday night, in Fort Lauderdale when memories are worth so much that once you get home after catching them in concert you bypass iTunes and dig up your old CD collection, just to listen to that “darn good song you just saw live” one more time.