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Jimmy Eat World make at least one grown man cry

Posted by Eric Boshart / August 4, 2013

Jimmy Eat WorldIf there is one lesson I took from Friday night's sold out Jimmy Eat World concert at the Phoenix is that Jimmy Eat World fans really love Jimmy Eat World.

The venue was packed halfway through the opening band, Royal Bands, with an unassuming and diversely aged crowd. A majority of the gathered didn't seem to owe any sort of musical allegiance, but there was also a fair share of punkers, indie rockers, twee bears and skateboarding types showing the diversity of white people who like emotional riff rock with a heart of gold. Mostly people milled about, trying to find a vantage point and being generally polite.

Jimmy Eat WorldI found myself jockeying for a space that people wouldn't nudge by me every 30 seconds. Then, during the intermission another few hundred came in and it wasn't about jockeying for a "good spot" then it was about finding enough room to take off my jacket. I've never been to a sold out show at The Phoenix, and hope to never again. A feeling of banal dread rose in my belly.

Jimmy Eat WorldThen Jimmy Eat World took the stage and I began to feel all sorts of things. One of the essential qualities of the mob is that individuals are impossible to discern. But as soon as Jim said hello every single anonymous faces in the crowd suddenly got a personality and once more, a personality that shone with a shared sacristy called being a Jimmy Eat World fan. It was actually beautiful.

Jimmy Eat WorldWe're talking best friends looking deeply into each others eyes following by deep mother bear hugging, coworkers getting first time glimpses into the wholeness of their peers, gangly loner dudes turning to attractive ladies with shit eating grins and having that grin returned. And all of this without the dilated pupils one would expect with this sort of mass emotional outpouring.

Jimmy Eat WorldIn all my years on the music beat I've never seen anything like it. People really really like Jimmy Eat World.

Jimmy Eat WorldI would love to be able to explain this phenomenon. My only guess is that Jimmy Eat World was the band that help define these people's emotional palettes during their teen years, and a Jimmy Eat World concert acts as a nostalgic renewal of base adult feelings. This theory, at least as an all encompassing idea, was quickly dismissed as I saw a 30+ man singing along to the newer single with tears in his eyes.

Jimmy Eat WorldSo I'm going to stop thinking about it and just take it for what it was: People really love Jimmy Eat World. So maybe you should too?

Photos by Irina No.

Discussion

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genuinerichard / August 4, 2013 at 04:04 pm
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Great review of the Jimmy Eat World show Eric.

I was turned on to the band by my early teen sons around release of Bleed American. My boys moved on to other things, but I was hooked. I assume that, at 52, I am at the elder end of their fan base. I saw them in 2005 supporting Green Day and the Futures album, and have been waiting a long time to experience the music live again. They did not disappoint!

You are bang on about their fans. We are spread thin, but from the reception they got on Friday and the online following for the group, the passion for their music runs deep. Under appreciated in the wider music world, Jimmy Eat World's songs are consistently top-drawer, and always make me happy.

Thanks again for perfectly describing the event and reflecting the experience had by their fans.
Michael Reale / August 4, 2013 at 06:28 pm
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Great review. You nailed it on the head. The one unifying quality of all attendees at the show was their love for Jimmy Eat World. It was an incredible experience and your review encompasses how special it was.

dez / August 12, 2013 at 02:17 pm
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incredible concert! my son was the superfan with the poster, hes been listening to jimmy eat world his whole life, no kidding. when he was small the cd bleed american was the only thing that calmed him down, he HAD to listen to it every nignt to fall asleep...... his dreams came true meeting the band hes listened to forever, and realizing that they are great humans! no one treats their fans better!

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