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posted Friday, July 19, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 29
Jimmy Eat World devours Seattle
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Jimmy Eat World devours Seattle

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

JIMMY EAT WORLD
THE SHOWBOX SODO
July 15


It started out as a mild affair, but by the time Jimmy Eat World wrapped up a 75-minute performance at The Showbox SoDo fans were moshing, crowd-surfing, and pumping their fists in the air. Meanwhile, lead vocalist Jim Adkins was drenched in sweat, as if he'd just gone for a dip in the pool.

The Arizona four-piece opened with 'I Will Steal You Back' from their brand-new album Damage, then quickly followed with 'My Best Theory' off 2010's Invented release. They seesawed from record to record throughout the show, even managing to sneak in a ballsy cover of Taylor Swift's 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' that was surprisingly well-received by the audience.

A touring keyboardist contributed noticeably on some of the songs, like 'Work.' Contrarily, guest backup singer Courtney Marie Andrews added nothing substantial to 'Coffee and Cigarettes,' which Adkins dedicated to the few scattered Arizona transplants in the audience. Two girls in front of me cried and hugged during the ballad 'Hear You Me,' the only slow moment of the night.

CROWD-PLEASING FINISH
The band saved the best for last, performing a rousing version of 'Pain' that saw sweat beads flying off Adkins' scalp, and then a slew of fan favorites, including an intense rendition of 'A Praise Chorus' and a great run-through of 'Lucky Denver Mint.' They closed the main set with 'Bleed American,' the title track from their 2001 album that put them on the map.

A three-song encore gave the crowd more bang for its buck, especially with 'The Middle,' Jimmy Eat World's biggest hit, capping off the entire show. Those positioned just below the stage were hot, wet, and definitely overjoyed at the conclusion of what had to be the act's best performance ever in Seattle, at least of the four times I've seen them live. They offer little interaction with the audience, with the exception of a few sentences muttered between songs, though on the flipside Jimmy Eat World gives everyone what they really came for, a very memorable concert.

Damage is in stores now. Jimmy Eat World will continue touring through November with dates across North America, including an appearance at the Corona Capital Festival in Mexico City.

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