Incubus are now touring in support of their eighth studio album, ‘8,’ and between their monumental live show and choice support from Jimmy Eat World and Judah & the Lion it’s one to mark the calendars for when they stop in your town.
In what will likely stand as the most diverse tour lineup of the year, Judah & the Lion warmed up the Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater with their unique blend of alternative rock, bluegrass and folk.
Soon after was a rowdy set from 90s pop punk heroes Jimmy Eat World, whose new material was surprisingly heavy, engaging and fared well alongside live staples “The Middle” and “Bleed American.”
Proving that Floridian rock fans are ones that persevere to participate like no other, one fan in the pit passed out right in the middle of “My Best Theory,” leading Jimmy Eat World singer Jim Adkins to stop the show. “I hate to be your dad, but everyone stay hydrated and let’s have a good time,” Adkins offered before leading the band into the title track off 2005’s ‘Futures.’
The sun was hiding well beneath cloud cover as the day turned to the evening’s headlining set from Incubus, which was a massive assembly of classic anthems and new material beginning with the latter as “Glitterbomb” from ‘8.’
Next up was the tour debut of the ‘Morning View’ fan favorite “Circles,” which in turn was backed by the band’s rocker of lead single in “Nimble Bastard.” Incubus singer Brandon Boyd worked all ends of the stage, at times racing while belting out the vocal refrain to “Anna Molly” – another clear highlight of the show.
The funky hard rock vibes of “Megalomaniac” and “Pardon Me” proved too infectious, as massive animations flashed above the crowd on the famous Pink Floyd-style circle screen. Smoke clouds filled the air to the cue of the band’s classic ballad “Drive,” with many fans opting away from their cell phone flashlight apps in favor of lighters to illuminate the crowd.
By the time the main riff of “Nice to Know You” echoed out above into the amphitheater, nearly the entire venue was up on their feet and grooving. The progressive feel of “Loneliest” and “Warning” began to wind the evening down to a calming halt, as the members of Incubus returned onstage – this time, with guitarist Mike Einziger playing a gorgeous Chinese pipa – for an encore of the melodic “Aqueous Transmission.”
In a full evening’s worth of live music, Tampa rock fans got their full ticket’s worth out of this summer’s Incubus and Jimmy Eat World tour with Judah & The Lion.
Incubus Setlist 7-7-17 Tampa, FL Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater
If Not Now, When?
Wish You Were Here
State of the Art
Nice to Know You
In the Company of Wolves
When I Became a Man
Jimmy Eat World