Even the rain couldn’t stop the Incubus and Jimmy Eat World fans from pouring into the Budweiser Stage.
Incubus, along with their friends Jimmy Eat World, have set out on their international 8 Tour and made sure to give the GTA fans something to talk about. Judah & the Lion kicked off the night with a very energetic set, in which they capped it off with their hip-hop/bluegrass infused, “Take It All Back”. Judah Akers could barely contain his enthusiasm as he raced across the stage, pulling his shirt over his head and pushing his vocals to the limits. If fans were not already excited for what was to come, Judah & the Lion helped to get them there.
Judah & the Lion
First to come were those teenage angst-inducing rockers from Arizona, Jimmy Eat World. Jim Adkins, aka Jimmy, and company, are road warriors of almost 24 years as Jimmy Eat World. While most fans came to know the band from 2001’s Bleed American, with hit singles, “The Middle” and “Sweetness”, Jimmy Eat World has been together since 1993. While most bands would grow tired of playing their catalogue of music over that time, Jimmy Eat World plays with as much veracity as if it were their 2002 tour. Now that they are fresh off of their ninth studio album, 2015’s Integrity Blues, the Arizona boys haven’t lost a step. Capping it off with “The Middle” had everyone on their feet.
Incubus is another name in alternative rock that enjoyed success in 2001 with “Drive”, but also put 10 years of road experience under their belt before they attained mass success. The hard work payed off, as they have been selling out arenas ever since. While it has been 7 years since we’ve heard a new Incubus full-length album, they delivered with the heavy hitting album, 8, earlier this year. Lead singer, Brandon Boyd’s vocal were soaring. From “Nice to Know You” to “Wish You Were Here” (which featured a powerful cover of Pink Floyd’s original to finish the song), and “Megalomaniac”, Incubus’ musical history was on full throttle at the Bud Stage. Incubus’ fusion of sound, stage elements and sheer presence were representative upon the years and years of roadwork that they have put into their craft. As the rain came down, it was almost eerily perfect that they would end their encore with “Aqueous Transmission”. 8 is only the beginning of the next chapter for Incubus.
If you were not at this show, heed this warning: Incubus and Jimmy Eat World are a can’t-miss show. Next time they come to town, I better see you there!