Jimmy Eat World / The Donnas / No Knife

Jimmy Eat World/The Donnas/No Knife: live in San Diegolive in San Diego (2002)
Universal Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: SheenaSheena
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I was excited to go to this show, as well as not looking forward to it. Why was I not? Because the person I was going with was bitter about attending. That can make any show a drag. But I toughened up and dealt with it. When we arrived, Rueban's Accomplice had already started playing. A few .

I was excited to go to this show, as well as not looking forward to it. Why was I not? Because the person I was going with was bitter about attending. That can make any show a drag. But I toughened up and dealt with it.

When we arrived, Rueban's Accomplice had already started playing. A few songs into watching them I was tired and ready for the next band. They are way too bland for my taste, but to each his own. I wasn't into them at all, but they had some potential and room to improve. Can't please everyone.

This is the second time in the past month that I got to watch No Knife and I must say they were a billion times better the second time around. I'm glad I didn't lose hope in them after the CD release show. The one advantage to my seat was that I could see the entire band. I did not realize until tonight that there is a female member. She played the tambourine and keyboard. (Side note: why is it always the female that plays these instruments?) The keyboard was either inaudible or very well blended into the music because I hardly noticed it. After watching them this second time, I really wouldn't think twice about recommending you go see them. They were absolutely awesome.

For some unknown reason, I remember The Donnas being better. I think it was because I was younger, and trashy "punk rock" lyrics appealed to me more. I couldn't find it in myself to like a single song of theirs. They said they "couldn't tell if anyone was having a good time or not" and the crowd let off a weak almost forced cheer. I like girl bands, but they were such a turn off. They didn't even play the only song I know "Hook it Up." I really tried.

Woohoo! Jimmy Eat World, the whole reason for going. I thought J.E.W. had a pretty strong following but the Open Air Theater, which seats 4000, did not fill up to maximum capacity at any time during the show. I'm guessing it being a Sunday was a factor.

Who would think that good lighting would have such an amazing effect on the rock. Each band member had an oriental rug in their spot and Chinese paper lanterns hung over the stage looking like Saturn with out its rings. The stage lighting made for a better presentation of the band and an emphasis on the music. At some points the stage twinkled as if it was under the stars. At other times the lights flashed with the beat or streamed across the audience. But I digress.

Jimmy Eat World played pretty much everything on from their Self Titled [Bleed American] album plus a few additional songs including "Sunday" for the fans who were around since before the release of their current album. It was fun to see everyone's heads bobbing at the same time like waves in tune with Bleed American. And what is any headliner with out an encore? They came back to play just a few more and end the night with " Sweetness".

The show overall had it's up and downs. If I could do it over again, I'd go. The only thing I'd do different, is bring a cushion because the cement seats were killing my bum.


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Anonymous (October 18, 2002)

don't trust don't trust the fast food chain .......

Anonymous (October 18, 2002)

no way nofx is not better them jimmy eat world. besides i'm sitting here waiting for someone to talk to me and i know they aren't ever going to. lonely

Anonymous (October 17, 2002)

Jimmy eat world sucks the big one. Man if i hear that fuckin song again the one that goes, "It just takes some time..little bit.." I dont even know the fuckin name, that shows you how ignorant i am, but that song makes me want to shoot someone.

And yea yea yea everyone knows nofx woo hoo...fuck you all..The Decline is one of the best songs/albums ever written. Nofx is by far not my favorite band, but that song is amazing. Nofx could fart and it would sound better than any song you little fuckers ever wrote.

Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

Cmon that was lacking in the creativity department.

Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

aha! so that's your name-twat. very fitting. very fitting. well, yea at least i made money legally. unlike you, who probably had to save up money for that all important jew show by walking the streets giving out $1 blow jobs to old men who just loved bumping up on your little "twat" booty. i know it was hard for you since you always got handouts from your parents, but trust me, selling your body for jew just isn't worth it, twat. trust me on that one.

mickey d's

Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

So you worked there when you were 14? So you're still working there? Seriously though. Can you people get any fucking orders right? I mean come on its not fucking rocket science. You even screwed up my blizzard! It‚??s fucking ice cream. So your mommy lost her job huh? I didn't know people actually fired fluffers. Was she biting too much, cuz that would do it. As far as the Donnas, I never said I liked those cunts. You know that whole 40 boys in 40 night‚??s thing is just talk. I bet they're Mormons. Goddamn Mormons. You know who should work with you at Mickey d's? That retard from the vines. What's his name..Corky? So you like nofx? I'll save you some money. Go buy punk in drublic, then you won‚??t have to buy any other nofx album...ever. Get it dipshit? Cuz they all sound the same. twat

Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

that anonymous guy is funny. dirty-funny. good shit.

nofx is a million times better than jew. but i still think jew kicks ass. but theyre like a completely different style, so its a useless comparison. like oranges and apples or something. anyway the eric sandin is the one who is now sober. everyone else still smokes and drinks. AND THEY RULE!


Anonymous (October 15, 2002)

oh one more thing. stop being a pussy, stop with that anonymous username bullshit and have a sig. just so that when we make comments, we can stand behind those comments and stop hiding. so your name would be . . . . hmmm, pussy! yes! that would be perfect for you!

mickey d's

Anonymous (October 15, 2002)

hehe, so you a fan of the donnas and jew huh? well, its just my personal opinion that they both suck. that's all. don't take it personally. as for the name mickey d's, yea i worked there one summer when i was 14 trying to make money b/c my mom got sick and lost her job. man's got to do what a man's got to do. and sorry to tell ya, but i was the one blowing my snot all over your cheeseburgers. hope you enjoyed it!

mickey d's

Anonymous (October 15, 2002)

Now by Mickey d's, your referring to your job right? That's awful nice of them to start up the job program for the "special" kids. I think I saw you there actually. Were you the kid with the huge fucking head, yelling "order up touch my nuts?" Has anyone ever told you that you look exactly like chunk from goonies? I thought it was cute how you kept wiggling the top of your ear. twat

Anonymous (October 15, 2002)

donnas-one hell of a horrible band
jew-another one hell of a horrible band-take that emo and shuvit! later losers

mickey d's

Vien (October 14, 2002)

The bassplayer floats my boat the most.

(look at first comment.)

Anonymous (October 14, 2002)

Nobody does. P.S. I love you

THAT_GUY (October 14, 2002)

Fuck the Donnas.You know who's a good girl band ? The Eyeliners.I just saw them last night in Houston with NUFAN,Yellowcard,and GOB;and it was one of the most amazing shows I have EVER seen.I'm in love with Laura,the Eyeliners' lead singer.She's a)HOT AS FUCK,b)COOL AS SHIT,and c) in a badass band.I'm gonna marry her someday.And the Eyeliners male member ? Ryan is the BEST drummer I've EVER seen,he was the first drumer I've actually paid attention to before;hopefully he joins them for a while.You know what ? I'm gonna write a review of that show,it was simply amazing....AMAZING.J.E.W. blow in concert,blow on CD,blow on their knees,hell,they blow EVERYTHING.Fuckin emo-fags.

NOFX kicks JEW ass.

Vote:Who wants me to write a review of the show ?

Anonymous (October 14, 2002)

when did fat mike stop drinking? he was fucked up the last two times i saw him.

Anonymous (October 14, 2002)

ohh you punk rock kids crack me up

nofx hahahaahh

WussEmoRock (October 14, 2002)

mike still drinks dumbass


waste_elite (October 13, 2002)

i'd take NOFX over JEW anyday

Anonymous (October 13, 2002)

NOFX shit on JEW

Anonymous (October 13, 2002)

nofx and jew both suck.

Anonymous (October 13, 2002)

Nofx were only cool when mike still drank.

Anonymous (October 13, 2002)

To the dipshit below who said dont compare JEW to NoFX, fuck off.

JEW are a pack of lame ass wankers that dont deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as nofx.

Anonymous (October 13, 2002)

this woman is a moron. i bet she is one of those fake scenster girls. VIVA VEGAS.

Anonymous (October 13, 2002)

"It is the sound of a band catering to major labels"
If I must bring it up, Jimmy Eat World did in fact write and record Bleed American while they were not on a major label, or any label for the matter.

But I still love you, meow meow meow!

Anonymous (October 13, 2002)

Whoever wrote this review is retarded. They played almost twice as many old songs than what they played from bleed american. Their set list is on their website. 8 songs from bleed, 20 songs total. Way to be an idiot.

Anonymous (October 12, 2002)

i did it again. Not Ten stars. ::: for below

Anonymous (October 12, 2002)

i like their old stuff better too. i still like the new jew album but it's not amazing like the older stuff. it's not as diverse and intricate anymore

Anonymous (October 12, 2002)

If it was possible to give a lower score I would give it. The fact is that the jew cheering section is quite dilluted. Fact: Clarity, although in itself whiny and inconsistent is a far cry better than Bleed American. Fact: Bleed American is a lame, whiny, bland, unoriginal emo album. It is the sound of a band catering to major labels because someone felt that their old sound was too "difficult". Fuck them. The FACT is that the old stuff is better. Dont kid yourselves.

Anonymous (October 12, 2002)

Why thank you. I take pride in my work.

sickboi (October 12, 2002)

Wow, one of the better rants I've read lately....2 thumbs up.

Anonymous (October 12, 2002)

To the guy below me, I just checked out your website with your "demos." And wow! Speaking of mediocrity! You would be blessed if you could ever achieve mediocrity. Man, talking all this shit and with that to back it up? Damn dude, balls. That‚??s all I can say. You should give it up, seriously. I know you're gonna say "It‚??s just the demo‚??s man!" But you and I both know you're just kidding yourself. I know you're only lashing out against J.e.w. because you have a raging hard on for Jim. It‚??s like in kindergarten when you have a crush on a girl so you make fun of her and pull her hair. Yeah, I could see you now. Standing on the balls of your feet while you punch your cock with one hand and choke yourself with the other. All the while thinking of all the ways jimmy could pound your anus. Maybe instead of autoerotic asphyxiation you should focus your pent up sexual frustration and try to make better music. Little advice, instead of trying for amazing mind blowing music. I say just shoot for music to listen to while you're blowing meth‚??d up truckers behind the Denny‚??s. Twat

RightCliqificus (October 12, 2002)

For a band that has no trace of punk in them at all, I'm sure glad they got a place on this website. Mediocrity deserves a review now and again. If this band were any more bland, I'd poop.

Anonymous (October 12, 2002)

The 10 Rating is for any Jimmy Eat World live show....

I've seen them in Columbus this past summer and Detroit and Grand Rapids on the fall tour. All 3 times they played more from Clarity than Bleed American. (there are more songs on Clarity) I do wish they'd play more Static prevails though, each time it's only one song. They are still powerful, though.

Captain Crunch

Anonymous (October 12, 2002)

"Ok lets do a little experiment. We'll go back into the archives and look at every band that has a succesful follow up to a not so successful album. My hypothesis is that the majority of the comments will say,"dude, this CD sucks, you should get the old one." Any bets?" The t_garn theorem proved correct yet again.

Anonymous (October 11, 2002)

Hey assraper dissing jew about not playing old songs and blah blah. I've been to 6 jew headlining shows on this tour (and 3 before) and every night they play more old songs then bleed american. that's right- they only play 8 songs off bleed american and play 19-21 songs a night. this girl was just a moron (which was evident by her review).and don't ever compare a band to nofx. its demeaning.

Anonymous (October 11, 2002)

No honey bunny, the seats were not the problem. What was killing your bum was being ass pounded by counterfit during one of their, (band members only) circle jerk/you're-the-only-girl-there-and-you're-the-best-we-could-get- without-paying-for-it parties. You know why girls only play those instruments? Because they can't bake brownies on stage. You know what no knife was about a billion times better? Because your head wasn't in the lap of the fat merch guy. I was there and I saw you. You kept yelling out "Rocky Road" and some dude was calling you chunk. Hopefully next time you see no knife you won't be distracted by those pretty lights. Please tell me you're in ESL at your high school because I don't want to believe this writing was done by someone with a full grasp of the English language. I'm still waiting for the examples of counterfits influence on no knife. They still suck.

Anonymous (October 11, 2002)

Sitting down during a concert. Wow that sucks.

Anonymous (October 11, 2002)

"If I had a nickel for every time the Donnas give me a stiffie...."

those chicks are fat, but i guess thats your thing

Anonymous (October 11, 2002)

that is pretty lame, and seeing that clarity is a million times better than bleed american that's pretty dumb.
absolutely ridiculous that the donnas would play on the same bill as no knife and jew

Anonymous (October 11, 2002)

"Jimmy Eat World played pretty much everything on from their Self Titled [Bleed American] album plus a few additional songs including ‚??Sunday‚?Ě for the fans who were around since before the release of their current album."

Way to go JEW, reward all those fans who followed you for so long with 2-3 old songs! lame. Even nofx plays 4 or 5 old songs.

sickboi (October 11, 2002)

If I had a nickel for every time the Donnas give me a stiffie....

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