I'm going defer to my esteemed colleague down the hall, Mr. Stephen Lemons, on this one: "Remember the '90s under Clinton? Eight years of peace and prosperity. And all the Rs had to kvetch about was Monica Lewinsky."
Lemons goes on to describe "Bubba" as a "rockstar," an apt metaphor as he rolls into Tempe on Wednesday, October 10, to stump for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rich Carmona at the Get Out the Vote Rally, sponsored by ASU's Young Democrats.
But the bluesome twosome will have an extra rock 'n' roll boost, too: Jimmy Eat World is scheduled to perform at the rally.
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The populist rockers (in the sense that it takes an awful lot of work to not appreciate their tuneful songs) will perform on ASU's Sun Devil Performance lawn.
The show follows the completion of Jimmy Eat World's upcoming eight studio album, recorded with Alain Johannes, who's worked with Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, Chris Cornell, Mark Lanegan, and more. The album is heading into the mixing and mastering process.
Jimmy Eat World got its start in Mesa, Arizona, in the early '90s, and issued three albums during the Clinton era: 1994's self-titled Jimmy Eat World, 1996's Static Prevails, and 1999's Clarity.
The band is best known for its 2001 smash Bleed American, (a title that was censored in the wake of 9/11), which featured hits like the title track, "A Praise Chorus," and the especially optimistic "The Middle."
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The event is free and open to the public, but attendees must register at Carmona's site. Gates open at 8 p.m., the program starts at 9 p.m.