Ah, politics; that time-honored tradition of finger-pointing, polls, debates, rallies and rock 'n' roll. Now in the home stretch of campaigning, politicians everywhere are making their final push towards election night. For Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Rich Carmona, having one rockstar on his bill wasn't enough, so he called in hometown heroes Jimmy Eat World to join him and former President Bill Clinton at last night's Get Out the Vote Rally in Tempe.
The Mesa-natives lent their talents and extensive fan base to Carmona as he squares off against Republican Jeff Flake.
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JEW opened the program with a quick 20-minute set that got a rise out of enthusiastic young voters and their beaming elders. A cool breeze carried the smell of perfume and freshly stirred grass as hundreds of supporters made their way to the outdoor stage at ASU's Sun Devil Performance lawn.
They opened their six song set a few minutes ahead of schedule, starting with "Sweetness" off of 2001's Bleed American followed by "My Best Theory." Jim Adkins was his usual energetic self as he and the fellas easily got the crowd dancing with their ear-friendly harmonies. With such a short window, the band didn't have time to mince words between songs, only taking time to express their gratitude at the honor of playing. "This is pretty amazing," Adkins says.
The brief appearance saw them trek across their discography as they also performed "Work," "Big Casino," and "Pain;" all songs most of the crowd grew up with over the last decade. They closed with fan-favorite, "The Middle" which got even the grayest of attendees tapping their feet.
The night's focus was clearly directed at the fresh faces in the audience as both Carmona and Clinton spoke about the importance of investing in youth enrichment and education. Phrases like, "shout out," "you're awesome," and "you rock" really drove home the point, but maybe not as much as the music selection that played between JEW and the revered guest of honor. Tracks by Cage the Elephant, Muse, Weezer, and Foster the People comfortably filled the air.
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Of course Billy boy stole the show with his quick wit and candor but sadly he did not rock the sax last night. He did however give a nod to Jimmy Eat World personally, which I thought was pretty cool. Then again headliners always give a shout out to their openers, right?