Jimmy Eat World play at Koko

Having heard so much about Jimmy Eat World, when I was offered tickets to their show at Koko, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to go and see what the hype was all about.

Jimmy Eat World lead singer Jim Adkins
Jimmy Eat World lead singer Jim Adkins

Many people I know have grown up listening to the American rockers and idolise them. So I waited until the band were due on and headed over to see Jimmy Eat World play.

My first challenge was finding a place to stand. The venue was packed to the brim with excited fans. After some squeezing and ‘excuse me’s’ I found a spot on the second floor balcony and wedge myself into a gap, so that I could see the stage.

Jimmy Eat World formed in 1993 and are made up of lead vocalist and guitarist Jim Adkins, Guitarist and backing vocalist Tom Linton, bassist Rick Burch and drummer Zach Lind. As of June 2013 the guys have release 7 studio albums. This gig marked the release of their eighth album, Damage and the announcement of their UK tour this coming September/November.

The crowd screamed and waved their arms as Jimmy Eat World came onto the stage. The atmosphere was buzzing and I could see why they were so popular. I moved downstairs to get a feel for the crowds and be part of the atmosphere.

They played some of their classics that the whole venue sang along to. Cameras flashed from the dancing crowd as they attempted to take photos and videos as they thrashed around.

Even I knew one of their songs, ‘The Middle’ and was very happy to hear them play it live. They sound just as good live as they do on their albums!

Other songs that they played included ‘Let it Happen’, ‘Pain’ and ‘I Will Steal You Back’.

There was bouncing, head banging and smooth vocals from lead singer Adkins. I’d say these guys truly are worth checking out live. If you like bands like Sum 41 and Good Charlotte, then Jimmy Eat World are right up your street.

I had an amazing time and if you’ve never checked them out, what are you waiting for?

Written by Michelle Stannard

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