Jimmy Eat World to en­ter­tain three gen­er­a­tions of fans at The Sig­nal.

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How many bands can say they have two, pos­si­bly three, gen­er­a­tions of fans? Since form­ing in Ari­zona in 1993, Jimmy Eat World can — not j ust for i ts mu­sic, but also the band’s pop-cul­ture ref­er­ences.

Mil­len­ni­als who were teens or 20- some­thing fans of “One Tree Hill” in 2005 know the band was a huge in­flu­ence on that TV drama’s sound­track as well as per­form­ing on the show’s fic­tional club Tric. The chil­dren of those mil­len­ni­als prob­a­bly rec­og­nize the band as the one Tay­lor Swift lip-syncs to in the Ap­ple Mu­sic ad. Swift sings “The Mid­dle,” one of two No. 1 sin­gles Jimmy Eat World had, while danc­ing around a room as she gets ready to go out.

The band has come to be as­so­ci­ated with a va­ri­ety of gen­res over its 25 years to­gether — alt rock, in­die rock and pop punk, among them. Most likely, a lit­tle of all will be part of the show when Jimmy Eat World plays The Sig­nal on Fri­day night, Aug. 31.

Jimmy Eat World has notched seven sin­gles in the Top 10 of Bill­board’s al­ter­na­tive chart, two of them land­ing at No. 1: “The Mid­dle” and “Pain.”

“Sweet­ness and “My Best The­ory” reached No. 2, and “Big Casino” got to No. 3 on the chart. Round­ing out the seven are “Work,” No. 6; and “Sure and Cer­tain” at No. 10. The band’s new mu­sic in­cludes “Love Never” and “Half Heart.”

For t i ck­ets to hear Jimmy Eat World or more in­for­ma­tion: 423-498-4700.

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