June 22nd, 2003
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Long Road, Interstellar Overdrive/Corduroy, Whipping, Save You, Given To Fly, Cropduster, I Am Mine, Thin Air, Gimme Some Truth, Present Tense, MFC, Habit, Jeremy, Even Flow, Better Man, Black, Porch
Soldier Of Love, Blood, State Of Love And Trust, Do The Evolution, Alive
Smile, Elderly Woman, Sonic Reducer, Yellow Ledbetter
Deer Creek holds a special place in my heart. It was the first show Bowman and I saw together on the 2000 tour. Furthermore, it was my first 2000 show and remains one of my favorite Pearl Jam shows that I have witnessed.
The day was hot and seemed much longer than most. Bowman saved my day by doing the entire drive from Wisconsin to Noblesville while I sat in the passenger seat and did homework. The box office day dragged, as usual. Lunch at Ruby Tuesday's was a winner. Especially the chocolate tallcake.
The set, surprisingly, opened with Long Road. I wasn't completely disappointed...but I still felt slight: this was Indi-fucking-ana!
Long Road ends and Interstellar Overdrive began. Yes! THIS was how Indy was supposed to kick off! Plus, what a great "tribute" to the 2000 performance.
I freaked out a few songs later: Thin Air (that's my boy!)...now, I am not the biggest Thin Air fan. I think the song is way hokey: but Stone wrote it! Teehee! I was psyched to hear the song I lovingly dub, "The Gay Anthem."
Show followed with Gimmie Some Truth, Present Tense (!!!), MFC, and Habit: talk about woo hoo!
Smile was performed during the encore: it felt like it came a show too late!
At the end of this show, I was exhausted. I decided to drive back to Detroit after the show for some...metal health regrouping. Drama on the road and and at home required this break...
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