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Jimmy Eat World: Clarity X 10 Tour @ Club Nokia, 3/5/09

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A lot of self-reflection and humility go into an anniversary tour. It takes a lot to look back at your career and say, "This album was our best album." or in other words "Let's just play the songs that people want to hear and forget about our new stuff, which isn't that great." I only wish more bands would do that (I'm looking at you, Brandon Flowers. Just stick to Hot Fuss, babe.)

Few of us manage to write just one good song, let alone a whole album, so when it happens it should be celebrated. Too many bands are ready to move on to the next album, failing to rejoice in the fact that they have created a classic. I mean, yes, exploration and creation is essential to being a musician in the first place, and I am not saying that bands should write one great album and then never write anything else. However, it's nice every once in awhile to give the people what they want.

And what the people want are the classics. In celebration of the tenth anniversary of their album Clarity Jimmy Eat World succeeded in selling out every single venue of their ten show tour across the US. Jimmy Eat World, who had a couple of good albums in the late nineties, but haven't been able to recreate any of that magic lately. But it was clear that the crowd on Thursday night thought that Jimmy Eat World could do no wrong.