It’s safe to say that Jimmy Eat World feels right at home at the 9:30 Club. It seems that the band goes out of their way to make a stop at the famous D.C. venue whenever they’re on tour. After all, the club was the scene of their infamous live DVD recording “Believe In What You Want,” a follow-on to their July 2001 record “Bleed American,” which was later re-released as “Jimmy Eat World” following the 9/11 attacks.
Ever since, the band makes regular stops at the 9:30 club. They recently hit the road on a U.S./UK tour in promotion of their brand new album “Damage,” which was released in June of this year. They brought their new tracks to play in D.C. for a sell out crowd that spanned a spectrum of die-hard fans, new believers, and those yearning for a taste of some of the band’s most popular songs from the late 90’s and early 00’s. All of whom would be pleased with the outcome of the show.
After a short hello, and story about the hilarity of falling off stages (an experience more than one of the group has experienced – according to front man Jim Adkins) the band opened with a popular new track off the new record called “I Will Steal You Back.” They then migrated through tracks from a variety of their past albums, intertwining a number of songs off the new album, including “Damage,” for which the album is named. The band closed out their set appropriately, with “The Middle” or “Middle” as it was listed on the set list.
It appears that the Jimmy Eat World fan base is alive and well in the DMV.