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Jimmy Eat World ends two year tour at Pipeline Cafe

by Mark Smith, Opinion editor


After performing in New Zealand and Australia, Jimmy Eat World, the popular alternative rock band, returned to Honolulu on Feb. 7 for the last show of their two-year-long world tour.

Presented by Golden-voice and STAR 101.9, the band played to a sold-out crowd at Pipeline Café. The band performed songs from its most recent album, Jimmy Eat World, including the hits “The Middle,” “Sweetness,” “Bleed American,” and “Get it Faster,” as well as hits from its Clarity album, including “Blister” and “Lucky Denver Mint,” which was featured on the soundtrack to the 1999 Drew Barrymore film Never Been Kissed.


The band, formed in 1994, consists of Jim Adkins (vocals, guitar), Tom Linton (vocals, guitar), Rick Burch (bass), and Zach Lind (drums): four friends from Arizona.

By 1996, they had received their first record deal and recorded their debut album Static Prevails. It wasn’t until the second album, Clarity that Jimmy Eat World began to make a name for itself. “Lucky Denver Mint” was its first hit and helped pave the way for the recent self-titled album, released in July 2001, that made Jimmy Eat World a big hit in the alternative music scene.

The latest album was originally titled “Bleed American.” After the terrorist attacks on 9-11, the band changed the label out of respect for the victims.

The Jimmy Eat World album exceeded one million copies in sales, due partly to the hit single “The Middle,” which made it to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and was named by USA Today as the No. 7 single of 2002.

Now that the band has finished promoting the album, members look forward to returning home to Arizona.

Drummer Zach Lind recently hinted to the Honolulu Advertiser that the band may begin work on a follow up album soon, which could hit shelves later this year.

Sources: The Honolulu Advertiser





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