All photos by Kyle Dehn
Valentine’s Day 1994 in a small storage room of a used clothing store something special was conceived – get your mind out of the gutter, would you? For the first time ever, a young band from Mesa, Arizona took the stage to play their inaugural show.
25 years later, after thousands of soldout gigs, numerous gold records and more fans (including Taylor Swift) than one could ever possibly count, that band celebrated their silver anniversary with some of their closest friends, fans and family members.
That band, of course, is beloved rock outfit Jimmy Eat World.
Last night at Phoenix, Arizona’s Rebel Lounge, to commemorate the momentous occasion many bands dream of experiencing, Jim Adkins, Tom Linton, Rick Burch, Zach Lind and Robin Vining performed a sold-out secret show 25 years to the day it all began back in that sweaty storage room.
“Last night was one we won’t forget,” said the band about their once-in-a-lifetime show. “Thanks to everyone who helped to make it happen and for all our friends, family and some lucky fans who came out to share the evening with us.”
Thankfully, for most of you who weren’t able to attend (since you know, only a couple hundred people made it inside), Noise contributor Kyle Dehn was able to grab a few snapshots of the band’s nearly 90 minute 20-song set. To check out the photos and relive a quarter century of one the best modern alternative rock bands of all time, be sure to look below.