It’s been awhile since Jimmy Eat World has come to Paris, but the Backstage By The Mill was packed with Jimmy Eat World fans eager to see the band’s singer, Jim Adkins, performing solo—and Substream photographer Edouard Camus was there.
The opening act was local artist Alex R., playing his debut solo concert (he also performs in French band the Earl Grey). Alex hadn’t performed in Paris in awhile either, but his fans turned out, singing back the the Earl Grey lyrics, from the first album to Odyssey released in May.
After a very small stage change (there was only an amp, two guitars and a mic stand), Jim Adkins appeared onstage, casually dressed, his guitar in his hands. The show was punctuated by jokes from Arizonian singer, notes about previous shows (including one in a church) and his surprise and amazement of the cheers shouted in the crowd, seeing and hearing people singing back to him just as much as they would if it was Jimmy Eat World performing. The two covers performed by Adkins—Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” and Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In The World)”—created a perfect mood for this September evening.
Even though the venue wasn’t packed, the crowd that turned up was there sing their hearts out and share a connection with the charismatic singer.