June 24th, 2003
Germain Amphitheater
Columbus, Ohio

The Buzzcocks

Main Set...
Can't Keep, Daughter, 1/2 Full, Go, Save You, Ghost, Better Man, Grievance, Evacuation, Even Flow, In Hiding, Cropduster, Corduroy, Elderly Woman, Red Mosquito, Ohio Improv, Rearviewmirror
First Encore...
Given To Fly, Wishlist, Not For You/Start Me Up, Footsteps, Do The Evolution, Jeremy
Second Encore...
Fucking Up
Third Encore...
Yellow Ledbetter

Rich and I headed to Columbus early that morning. The wait in the fan club line proved to be extremely hot and humid. My despise for the 10 Club ticket line only grew: this couldn't possibly be good for our health.

I ended up with some very stellar seats on Stone's side. I sat with good old Bob for this show.

I didn't have a lot of faith in this show: my least favorite show of the 2000 tour --- and ever --- was Columbus 2000. Since then, the city has most certainly left a sour taste in my mouth.

I was surprised to see that the McDonald's vendors were gone: the umbrellas on the tables were no longer decorated with golden arches. While I was agrivated by the McDonald's name (and smell) all over the venue in 2000, I sort of missed it this time around.

Even with (an admitted) perssamistic attitude, my attitude lightened when the band opened with Can't Keep...my favorite opener of 2003 (as cited in my Key Arena 2002 recap).

Daughter came early in the set...second song! There were a few more surprises up this band's sleeve...

Evacuation fell in the main set. While everytime I hear this song, I can't help but think Matty Cam wrote it...but even so, I was thrilled to hear an older song added to the rotation.

Not much later, In Hiding was played which tickled me silly.

How much happier did I get when they played Red Mosquito? You have no idea... ,P> The Ohio Improv...interesting. Still can't believe Ed took the time to sing a song about Ohio---improv or not. Yuck. LOL.

Wishlist...was nice to hear. I'm not saying it to be smart. Seriously. I was kinda amped to hear it.

Footsteps fell in the encore: always, always, always good to hear.

I was thoroughly surprised Fucking Up was played. This meant no Fucking Up in Detroit! (Fucking Up had been played in 1998 and 2000 in Detroit) Every preconception I had about all the shoes on leg two were false. I think I was super pleased with this.

And I was pleased that the city of Columbus redeemed itself. Kickass show.

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