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“The fastest way to turn people off is by chasing their approval.”

Jim Adkins

As far as tours go this one is a ripper.

Not only do Australian fans get My Chemical Romance for a run of shows this March, but they also get the added bonus of Jimmy Eat World as part of the package.

After being only days away from touring just as the world shut down because of COVID – so close that the band’s gear was actually en-route to Australia – Jimmy Eat World return for the first time in 6 years with a whole bunch of new material and a renewed vigour.

Lead vocalist and guitarist Jim Adkins joined HEAVY to discuss the tour.

“We were three days away from coming to Australia right before COVID shut everything down,” he smiled. “So, our gear got a round-trip ticket to Australia and back, but we never made it (laughs). We were particularly sad about that because we were really looking forward to playing. Australia’s one of my favourite places to go, it’s one of my favourite places to play and on top of everything else that happened that was hard. To be so close to coming over and playing… Then you know what happened after that! There’s a lot of pent-up energy we’ve got to get rid of and fulfil our two-year mission finally.”

Jimmy Eat World were hand-picked for this tour by My Chemical Romance, which poses the question of just what Adkins and the band have over the headliners.

“If I told you then they could kick us off and put on someone that they really wanted to have,” he laughed. “It wouldn’t work if I told you what we have on them…”

In the full interview, Jim talks more about being invited on tour, what to expect, what has changed with the band and their live show since they were here last, maintaining your fan base, finding inspiration during the COVID period, the birth of Jimmy Eat World, his early vision for the band and how it has changed since, growing as a band and more.

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