With Jimmy Eat World and special guests Judah and The Lion
Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, Ga. – July 8, 2017
Atlanta’s Lakewood Amphitheatre played host as Incubus and Jimmy Eat World joined forces on the former’s 8 Tour for a throwback to the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. While both bands have released several albums in more recent years, both are widely known for their contributions to music in the ’97-’03 era, at the height of their fame. However, Incubus’ latest LP “8” has been heralded as a return to the Californians’ signature sound, mainly with tracks like “Nimble Bastard” and “Undefeated” turning heads and reviving the interest in Brandon Boyd and his mates. Joining Incubus and Jimmy Eat World on this fantastic concert were Nashville’s Judah and The Lion; and while they played opening duties, they held their own with these giants of the music industry.
Judah and The Lion: The Tennessee quartet made quite a splash of an entrance when lead-singer Judah Akers began the show by tripping and falling after a failed jump. However, after any fall, the only place you can go is up, and that’s how Judah and The Lion played the rest of their set: on a high note. The boys are an entertaining and zany bunch. Their set included a choreographed dance, banjos galore, rocking-out with t-shirts over their heads and, of course, those radio-friendly tunes like “Take It All Back” and “Suit and Jacket” that have pushed Judah and The Lion’s music into many Spotify playlists over the last year.
Jimmy Eat World: Next up is Jim Adkins and company; the Arizona quartet still knows how to command a crowd after all these years. While their demeanor is all fun and games, their music is serious business. Their hour-long set consisted of a stroll down memory lane, boosted mainly by dynamic performances of hit-singles like “Bleed American,” “Pain” and, of course, their closing and most popular track “The Middle” which saw thousands on hand sing along.
Incubus: It’s hard to believe that Incubus formed back in 1991, especially when the Brandon Boyd-led bunch appear so youthful. Despite the outward boyish charm however, the energy exuded by the Californians does not match up. Where Boyd does make an effort to keep the show moving with bursts of energy, the remaining member’s performance is limited to their musical prowess only. On the bright side, Incubus still spares no expense when it comes to the details. The quintet sounds impeccable, lighting that is second to none with fog machines that enhance their silhouettes, and a large background screen constantly displaying graphics throughout. The nearly two-hour show produced several frenzied fans, as the boys played several singles from new LP 8, but garnered the loudest cheers when performing several of their chart-topping hits like “Drive” “Anna Molly” and “Wish You Were Here” before closing the night with the live-debut of track “Throw Out the Map”
As the years pass us by, it has become apparent that Incubus has aged like fine wine. Brandon Boyd and company still have plenty to offer and their crowds seem receptive to everything Incubus has to offer. Don’t believe us? Just ask any of the fans at their numerous sold-out shows.
For more on Incubus’ “8 Tour” and upcoming dates, please head to www.incubushq.com or head on over to Spotify or iTunes to check out their new album.
Article & Images by Andres Alvarado