Jimmy Eat World - Live At Reading 2014

Jimmy Eat World- variously described as a "pretty energetic" band - understatement of the year.

Jimmy Eat World – Reading Festival 2014 – Past Daily Soundbooth

Jimmy Eat World - Live At Reading 2014
Jimmy Eat World- variously described as a “pretty energetic” band – understatement of the year.

Jimmy Eat World – Live At Reading 2014 – Recorded by BBC Radio 1 – August 22, 2014

Jimmy Eat World in concert from the 2014 Reading Festival tonight. Like just about every band with a tour lined up for 2020, the events of the past few months and the vagaries of COVID-19 have forced everyone to hunker down and wait. And Jimmy Eats World pulled the plug on what would have been an extensive tour.

Small concession, I know, but at least there are concerts to listen to via streaming and to watch via YouTube – maybe not the real thing, but live gigs are pretty exciting no matter in what context you witness them. This one is no different.

Jimmy Eat World got started in 1993 in Mesa, Arizona. The band is composed of lead vocalist and guitarist Jim Adkins, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Tom Linton, bassist Rick Burch, and drummer Zach Lind. They have released ten studio albums, the last nine featuring the current lineup.

The four-piece’s commercial breakthrough came with the release of several singles from their album Bleed American (2001), four of which charted within the top 20 positions of the Alternative Songs chart, with “The Middle” reaching No. 1. Their follow-up album, Futures (2004), featured the No. 1 song “Pain”.

The RIAA certified Bleed American platinum and Futures gold, rewarding the two albums for selling over 1.5 million records between them. The band’s sixth LP, Chase This Light (2007), became their highest charting album and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. The band released their tenth album, Surviving, in October 2019.

And in the odd event you missed it – here is an announcement from the band via Twitter:

“Hey Everyone – it comes as no surprise, but a bummer nonetheless, that we are pulling the plug on our tour with
that was set to kick off in August. If you purchased a ticket, you will be receiving an email with your refund options…”

Been a rotten year all around – at least you can crank this one up and forget about everything for the next hour.

I tried it. It works.

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