Jimmy Eat World: In 2001, four friends from Mesa, Ariz., made an album called Bleed American -- a set of sentimental, earnest, and immensely relatable pop-punk anthems. Teenagers everywhere shoved the CD into their car stereos as they snuck out past curfew; the album went platinum; and lead singer Jim Adkins got to quit his retail job. But this isn't just a record that a generation of suburban kids lost their virginity to -- even upon obsessive re-listening, Bleed American never loses its impact. The album sent the previously under-the-radar Jimmy Eat World on a trajectory toward stadium tours with bands like Green Day, and helped fuel a long career. This week, to celebrate the anniversary of the album that changed everything, Jimmy Eat World will be playing Bleed American in its entirety at the Fillmore. We talked to Adkins about Bruce Springsteen's influence on his biggest hit, how to keep a band together, and his thoughts on how the Internet is changing the music industry. [... continue reading]
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