Nov. 11, 2004

Jimmy Eat World Returns to Touring with “Futures”

By Randy J. Klodz

It may have taken nearly six years for Jimmy Eat World to hit it big with the infectious pop-rock 2001 hit “The Middle,” but the Phoenix-based quartet toured endlessly and is now back with a new album. Jimmy Eat World returns with “Futures,” which hit stores on Oct. 19, and will be making its first Chicago appearance in support of the new album for a Nov. 17 show at Riviera Theatre.

Jimmy Eat World--which includes Jim Adkins (vocals, guitars), Tom Linton (guitars, vocals), Rick Burch (bass) and Zach Lind (drums)--worked hard for so many years, and while hitting it big with “The Middle” was something the band never expected, Jimmy Eat World is going with the flow and not letting the aspects of fame rise above themselves.

“It was weird, because we just did what we did, and we were doing our thing and totally touring and loving touring,” said Jimmy Eat World bassist Rick Burch. “We like to play shows and stuff, and then all of a sudden this song hit and the shows got bigger and more people were familiar with the records and stuff, it was really cool.”

Along with the hit single “The Middle,” the 2001 breakthrough album “Bleed American”--which was later re-titled “Jimmy Eat World” by the band in respect to the events of Sept. 11--yielded “Sweetness,” yet another catchy single that also drew fans from across the globe.

And with this huge, unexpected success, the band hasn’t folded under the pressure that usually forms when a band tries to duplicate previous successes. To ease any tension, “Pain,” the first single from the new “Futures” album, was an instant smash on rock radio and MTV. A good sign for the first single, and even better, as Burch called it, “a good barometer for the rest of the record.”

“Futures” also includes the somber “Drugs or Me,” complete with its light piano, beautiful orchestration and its: “If only you could see / The stranger next to me / You promised you promised that you’re done / But I can’t tell you from the drugs” chorus. Other “Futures” tracks that are sure to also draw fanfare include “Polaris,” the rocking “Just Tonight…” and the title track.

Riviera Theatre is at 4746 N. Racine Ave. Tickets for this all-ages show are listed for $19 each with show time scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Gratitude and Razorlight are slated to support. Jimmy Eat World is also scheduled for an in-store appearance at Rolling Stone Records in Norridge at 5 p.m. the day of the show. Rolling Stone Records is at 7300 W. Irving Park Rd. For more information on Jimmy Eat World log on to
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