Jimmy Eat World/Hey Mercedes/Reubens Accomplice - live in Chicago (Cover Artwork)

Jimmy Eat World / Hey Mercedes / Reubens Accomplice

Jimmy Eat World/Hey Mercedes/Reubens Accomplice: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2001)
Universal Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: maverickScott
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September 11th, 2001 will be a date recalled in numerous history texts, web pages, and the hearts and minds of millions of people world wide. When an attack of this nature takes place, music takes a back seat for a time. The question is, when do you let the rock come forward again? For me, it was.

September 11th, 2001 will be a date recalled in numerous history texts, web pages, and the hearts and minds of millions of people world wide. When an attack of this nature takes place, music takes a back seat for a time. The question is, when do you let the rock come forward again? For me, it was immediately. Music was the sole way I coped with the tragedy, playing everything from Thursday to Karate to let my emotions out via my speakers. I was still feeling incomplete, though. I hadn't found the one band that could make me feel revived after my emotional death on 9/11. Thank the stars that Jimmy Eat World didn't cancel their Chicago show, for I am a new man because of it.

The night started off as most do, with everyone waiting in line outside Chicago's Metro, getting to know each other. I met two awesome girls named Kendall and Katie, and they were just as psyched as I was to get in. None of us had seen JEW before, and we were all huge fans. As the doors opened and the line slowly filed in, I made a beeline to the front of the stage [yes, along with my friend Liz -- you thought you could avoid her]. As we got settled in, Reubens Accomplice took the stage.

Reubens Accomplice has been mentioned countless times to me by other friends, bands, and websites. Ironically, though, after being together for 6 years, have just put out their first full-length album. I had yet to hear them, so I wasn't expecting much. Boy, was I taken aback. Imagine if the Promise Ring had all been born and raised in the Southwest, and grew up on a steady diet of Wilco and Modest Mouse. You'd have somewhat of an idea of what Reubens Accomplice sounded like. It wasn't groundbreaking by any means, but it sure was enjoyable. They didn't have the best stage presence, but I can forgive that -- I mean, there were 1500 people watching them. I'd probably be a little scared, too.

It was during Reubens Accomplice when the first problem of the night arose. I pulled out my camera to take a picture of the band, and a security guard approached me from behind the barrier and told me that I had to have a photo pass, otherwise he would confiscate my camera. He was very nice about it, which impressed me. I tried to convince him it was okay by saying I was a writer for the world famous Punknews.org [ok, so I'm embellishing a little], but he didn't buy it. He said I needed a photo pass, otherwise my picture taking days were over. It really ticked me off, as I've seen tons of bands at the Metro, none of which had any sort of "no photo" clause in their contract. But because JEW is on a major label, there's no unauthorized pictures allowed of any of the bands on the show. Go fig.

So after Reubens Accomplice finished up their great set, I told Liz to hold my spot [which was near to impossible, considering the place was filled to capacity], and ventured down to the box office to convince them I deserved a photo pass. I tracked down the person in charge, but she told me unless I had permission from a band, I couldn't get one. Dejected, I went to the merch table to get the Reubens Accomplice CD. As I stood in line, my mind devised a plan. I asked one of the people selling JEW merch if they were involved with the band's management in any way. It turns out the guy I asked by sheer coincidence turned out to be JEW's tour manager Rick Moreno. I explained my plight, and he, being the coolest person in the world, got me the hook up. Thank you Rick Moreno.

So I pushed my way back to the front [amazingly my spot was still there], photo pass in hand, just in time to see the start of Hey Mercedes. I know I catch a lot of flak on this site for bashing this band, but my verdict on them sticks: bor-ing. They played for 45 minutes and the crowd was just standing there, stock still. Bob Nanna and Co. seemed to be having a good time, but no one else was. Alas, how the mighty have fallen.

After their atrocity of a set was completed, the mood in the crowd got much brighter, knowing who was up next. I started to complain to Liz because all these 14-year old girls started popping up all around us, trying to wedge their way in front of me. Hey people, if you want to be up front, get there early, cause I'm not gonna budge for some girl who heard Jimmy Eat World on Q101 and thought the song was "almost as good as Blink or NFG". Anyways. The lights dimmed, the crowd roared, and JEW came out with a bang, immediately going into their current single "Bleed American." As I rocked out with the rest of the crowd, i thought "Good, they're playing the single first; maybe some of the kids will clear out." I'll be damned, none of them did. This means 2 things - one, some of these kids are smarter than I gave them credit for, and two, I'm going to get smooshed all night. Fortunately the crowd was extremely tame [in a good way] with no moshing, no pushing, and no crowd surfing. We all just had our own little private dance parties going on in each of our little sectors. As the band rocked through the majority of their new album, as well as throwing in a few oldies off of "Static Prevails" and "Clarity", the crowd continued to beg for more. I continued to yell for "Opener"; a girl behind me yelled for "No Sensitivity." We combined our efforts, made a double-sided sign, and got at least one of them played ["No Sensitivity"]. The crowd was hovering on the edge of euphoria all night long. My only serious complaint? The lack of singing along on the older tracks. The kid next to me [who looked just like Chris Conley from Saves The Day] and his girlfriend only sang along with the new songs, which prompted me to yell "Learn the fucking words!" during "No Sensitivity" as he stood there, face blank. Even that couldn't bring this show down for me. The band played an encore [and could have played 3 more, as the crowd wasn't budging],and quickly left the stage. I felt like I had been reborn. I had finally gotten to see one of my favorite bands after all these years, and they did not disappoint. This concert made me feel normal again. I forgot temporarily about all the problems in the world and concentrated on just singing along, as loud as I possibly could. It seems like 99% of the crowd also had the same good intentions.

Set list:
1) Bleed Am (Bleed American)
2) Praise (A Praise Chorus)
3) Middle
4) New Aesthetic (Your New Aesthetic)
5) Claire
6) Rockstar
7) Denver (Lucky Denver Mint)
8) If You Don't (If You Don't, Don't)
9) Heaven (For Me This is Heaven)
10) Clarity
11) Authority Song
12 Cautioners
13) Get It Faster
14) Hear You Me
15) No Sensitivity
16) Blister
17) Table For Glasses
18) Sky Harbor (Goodbye Sky Harbor)
19) Sweetness

Pictures coming soon, hopefully!


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77jordan (December 11, 2013)

That sounds like the sweetest encore ever for 2001!

jwood (November 2, 2001)

Was there...great show. One of the best ones I've seen actually. JEW sounded fantastic live.

Anonymous (November 1, 2001)

Great Review, everyone who thinks moshing is the only good part of shows, needs to go back to the SlipKNot concert, J.E.W. is the best

coldjuly (September 30, 2001)

Dude, sorry about that. I did'nt know you have no power over putting new reviews on and taking ones off. Misjudgement on my part...sorry

maverick (September 30, 2001)

Coldjuly [and everyone else] -
for the LAST time, I have absolutely NO say in putting up new reviews unless I write them myself. Only Aubin has access to adding new reviews written by non-staff members. The only reason the P4P one got by him is my friend wrote it and emailed it to me. =)

And Jimmy does not eat shit.


coldjuly (September 30, 2001)

nah..jimmy eat shit sounds better, static prevails was their only good album

Anonymous (September 29, 2001)

jimmy suck ass

coldjuly (September 29, 2001)

Is it just me or is there a Saves the Day comparison with a lot of bands now??? I mean I dont care for STD too much but they have a pretty original sound. God Im waiting for the "Saves the day sounds like gwar" reference.

sickboi (September 29, 2001)

That guys comments below Coldjuly are funny. You get a 9 my friend.

coldjuly (September 28, 2001)

Holy Shit!..I go on vacation for a week and this review is STILL on here..damn put something else in its place..No offense Scott.

Oh yeah...same with the plea for peace review.

Anonymous (September 27, 2001)

Holy shit this band sucks. I saw them twice now. Come on people, emo is fucking gay.It all sounds the same. I hate to stereotype a whole genre of music, but in this case I can. They make one damn "hardcore" song to hit the charts and then the rest of the CD sucks more dick than the radio song. This band sucks. Their shows suck. His voice cracks every fucking minute. That don't have the balls to even admit that they are an emo band! Fuck jimmy eat world. And stop calling it JEW! That's frikka frakka shitty shit boom crap fuckigng gay. Fuck you.

MusicIsMyLife (September 22, 2001)

Actually what is much much worse is the fact that you guys can't seem to grasp the fact that indeed, some teenage girls do actually like the music. My first cd was Dookie by Green Day, when I was in the effin 4th grade. I'm a girl. Now I'm 15. And I take crap because some bands got on TRL. Give me a break. Don't make it hard on all of us just because several bands got "big", and now all the Nsyncers are singing along, too. You think that we should be grown up?! Hah..look in the mirror.

Anonymous (September 21, 2001)

Saves the day is much much worse

Anonymous (September 21, 2001)

I just felt the urge to throw my 2 cents in on the whole "didn't know the lyrics thing". I know how it feels. Imagine having to pay to see Blink 182 just so you can see Bad Religion? Now, BR is one of my true loves in life, and to be surrouned by a bunch of teenage girls, most if not all of them without driver's licenses, it kinda kills the moood. Especially when you sit through Fenix TX to get to BR. Then, get looked at funny by these same girls for screaming every word exactly while BR is on. There is no justice in this world......ah well, who I am to care? I'm just a fan with a opinion.

Anonymous (September 21, 2001)

you people whine too much, he said something stupid, oh well. you all act as if your shit doesn't stink. grow up

maverick (September 21, 2001)

Yes, I am Scott. Maverick is the name I registered last year before I came a staff member. So if you see Maverick on the site, that's me.

KirbyPuckett (September 20, 2001)

Maverick, or Scott?

I didn't read your comment under mine, because it was posted as Maverick and the review as Scott...

...However good justification on your reasoning, I understand now, and I agree with you now.

...Back to watching my president...

Anonymous (September 20, 2001)

When i go see a band usually i stand at the back and don't move, unless it's to nod my head when there's a catchy part. It's not that i don't care or am not into it; i'm trying to pick up the music, i'm listening, im paying attention. There's a difference. Sometimes i do it even when i'm seeing one of my favourite bands, only it's because i'm in awe. Maybe he didn't know them because he lives in a town like mine where record selection is limited to JEW's latest album. Give people a chance.

sickboi (September 20, 2001)

The only JEW album I like is Bleed American. I'm not down with the whiny lyrics of "Clarity". They have talent, and have progressed incredibly with the new album, but I just can't listen to the sap. Oh, BTW, Fathead- 1 Man Army, Flogging Molly and the Souls.....hell-fucking-yeah.

Anonymous (September 20, 2001)

god your such an ass

Anonymous (September 20, 2001)

90% percent of kids who post on this site are anonymous cause were all to lazy to create an account, so please dont try to throw that in your critcs faces. Anyway I was the kid who made the first comment and I stand buy them. I've been to plenty shows were either the kids don't care about the opening bands that I love or only know the new songs and could careless about the old ones or just came straight from the mall or the football field just to mosh and be cool, but that's life. You should expect when you go to show, especialy one as big as JEW to have some of those kids there. But is it so hard not to give some of them there benfit of the doubt? Maybe there not moving around and singing or aplauding cause there new to going to shows and this genre? Maybe they will like what they see and start going to smaller shows and getting to lesser known bands, man thats how everyone gets in to punk and stuff! You have to start somewhere. and yelling shit like "learn the fucking lyrics" isn't gonan help and makes you seem like a elitist asshole...J

maverick (September 20, 2001)

Did you take the time to read my post directly below yours? I thought it explained why I did what I did. I wouldn't say that to you, since you seem intelligent enough to enjoy the band for their whole set, not just for the songs you know. I've gone to plenty of shows where I don't know the words. Do I just stand there with a blank expression, feet stock still? No. I get into the music. You don't always need lyrics to show your emotion. This kid in question was showing NOTHING OF ANY KIND except for songs off the new album. I'm not trying to justify myself to you; frankly I'm not sure why I'm letting this get to me so much. I'm merely trying to clarify my earlier point made.

KirbyPuckett (September 19, 2001)

The kid next to me [who looked just like Chris Conley from Saves The Day] and his girlfriend only sang along with the new songs, which prompted me to yell "Learn the fucking words!" during "No Sensitivity" as he stood there, face blank."

I had respect for before that comment, not it's gone. I'm sorry, I never heard of Jimmy Eat World until this year. My cars cd player was broken for a while, however the radio still worked...So sometimes I could pick up a punk song or two on college radio, or I listened to the oldies...But sometimes I turned on the alternative radio station in hopes of hearing something good...yada yada...One day...Jimmy Eat World was on, I saw there name mentioned on this site a couple of times, but never thought of it...So I really liked this song "bleed american." The next day I was @ Best Buy, and WHAM! $7.95, Jimmy Eat World -Bleed American...so if you ever saw me at a show only singing the words to this album, and maybe a few others because I began downloading a couple mp3s, and if you decide to ridicule me...


maverick (September 19, 2001)

Ok, my whole thing with the lyrics has beena bit misunderstood. The thing is, those kids really didn't "fit in," it was painfully obvious that they were just there to hear "Bleed American" and such. Had they moved around a bit and gotten into the other songs and such, I wouldn't have cared. But the fact is, as soon as a song that they didn't know started, they would just stop altogether. No moving, no emotion, no nothing. Just waiting for the band to move on to the next song they would know. they essentially stole two tickets from kids who would have supported the band better. They also never EVER applauded during the first two bands. I mean I loathe Hey Mercedes, but at least I applauded.

Am I still some elitist asshole, all you anonymous posters?

Grow some balls.

sXe_nick (September 19, 2001)

moshing=good....unless you have your skin ripped completely off your arms like i did at warped tour. i stayed out of the pit, but i was more in the front. I would like to see Jimmy Eat World live, but having no moshing is dumb. that is like the best part of shows. good review, but i wouldent like to be at a show that has no moshing.
P.S. dont go see Anal Cunt Live. i have made that mistake already. it was slightly funny, at least i can say i saw the imfamous anal cunt live. HAHAHA

Anonymous (September 19, 2001)

boy that sounds like a whale of a show!!!NOT! no moshing, no pushing, no crowd surfing!!! what was everyone doing, the hand-jive?? I have a feeling that the OneManArmy,FloggingMolly,BouncingSouls show I'm going to will be a tad better than this crap-o-rama tour.- fathead

Anonymous (September 19, 2001)

you're fucking lame scott. i guess yah you're right, if you go don't know all the lyrics for that band, you shouldn't bother to go see then. you're so fucking lame i can't stand it. how did punknews.org (a respectible site)hire such trash??

thats right no one here is more worthy than scott, hes the shit and no one here is better than him.....

Anonymous (September 19, 2001)

jimmy eat shit is more like it. i've never heard a sappier band in my life.

Anonymous (September 19, 2001)

haha yeah dude who said anything about people who listen to blink and stuff are idiots in this thread?

Anonymous (September 19, 2001)

Wait a minute...its ok when people know nothing but the new stuff by Jimmy Eat World, but when they only know new stuff by Blink or someone like that, they are idiots? Dont be hypocrites people. Anyway, I love JEW, so this rating is for the great show that I am sure it was.

Anonymous (September 19, 2001)

These guys are sweet live.
I saw them in Edmonton at Edgefest.

Anonymous (September 19, 2001)

I agree with the guy @ the bottom... I've been to shows where I've never heard of the band, I've been to shows where I've heard them once, and I've been to shows where I know all the songs by heart. We've all been in those situations... It's totally cool if he knows only the new songs, maybe this will spark his intrest and he'll buy the others and then JEW will get the credit they deserve. We all have to start from somewhere.

Anonymous (September 19, 2001)

I completely agree with that, shouldnt harrass other people at shows, makes you look like an asshole because you have the time to memorize all the lyrics. I have tons of cds i listen to constantly but i still dont know all the lyrics. I think weezer was the only band i knew all the lyrics too.

Anonymous (September 19, 2001)

pure shit it gets a negative 1

Anonymous (September 19, 2001)

I saw them last week in minneapolis @ first ave, and I was expecting a kickass show and I got what I wanted plus more. They kick ass! I've been to plenty of shows before but this one seriously is on my top 5 best ever... they are so amazing live! They sounded as good if not better live than they do on their CDs. Plus, they played a wide selection from all 3 of their CDs and off the one split EP. You definately want to check these guys out! I have a friend who doesn't listen to them much and he still said it was awesome. So yeah, make an effort to see them live once in your life, its amazing.

Anonymous (September 19, 2001)

wow how lame, you have to beg for a photo pass?

Anonymous (September 19, 2001)

"The kid next to me [who looked just like Chris Conley from Saves The Day] and his girlfriend only sang along with the new songs, which prompted me to yell "Learn the fucking words!" during "No Sensitivity" as he stood there, face blank."
I hate nothing more than kids who give other kids shit at shows cause they dont know the lyrics and are as familar with all the songs. So what if half the crowds didn't know the the old stuff, You should expect that with JEW becoming a big band.And so what if he heard them on the radio first,i'd much rather see kids getting into JEW than bands like slipknot and stuff. And maybe after the show he'll go buy the back catalog and learn those lyrics. Then maybe in year or so when he see's the band again he'll stick his nose up at the kids that heard them the first time on the radio and doesn't know the lyrics to the old songs and the cycle continues...

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