2010/09/24 Columbus, OH: Ohio State U.: South Oval

Well, here we are back in Columbus again! The OSU students decided they had no choice but to demand more weezer, so they set up this show to welcome the OSU folks back to school for the 2010-2011 year as part of their Welcome Week - re-dubbed "Weezer Week". Its a free show outdoors in the South Oval - though as I write this, the rain is pouring down out there! However, all reports say it should be cleared up soon, well before showtime tonight. Opening the show are two local bands, Town Monster and Chelsey Automatic.

It took till almost the day of show for us to realize this, but this was a rare event - a totally free show, open not only to OSU students, but also to anyone who wanted to saunter over to the South Oval of OSU to check it out. As it turned out, a HUGE amount of people showed up and filled the Oval as far as the eye could see in every direction! Who knows how many were OSU students, but a large amount had to be as they all seemed to know the OSU chants that were going up at random before and during the show. (What was up with the Buckeye mascot dude getting mauled by that tiger-suit dude yesterday, anyway?)

Our first Columbus show was way back in 1994, opening for The Smithereens with Cindy Lee Berryhill at the Newport Music Hall, on what was our first ever non-west coast show. Its amazing to look back and see all the changes over the years. Its also amazing to realize I remember that show pretty well, and it seems impossible it was already 16 years ago!

Today, many years later, the Weezer machine rolls onward, a bit scarred, a bit dinged up, but overall in pretty good shape! Tonight marked the first time in many many years that Rivers attempted a crowd surf, and possibly his first ever crowd surf all the way across the crowd from the back up to the stage! He made it, albeit minus his in-ear monitor pack and for the first time in my memory, minus his trusty glasses too! Its really a shame that the crowd couldnt resist the urge to snatch them, but thats the way it goes when you leave your fate in the hands (literally) of a massive crowd!

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Comment here if you went, or start a thread on our message boards! Tell your tale!

...Weezer has 5 songs featured in the new book The Xfm Top 1000 Songs of All Time, which comes out on Oct 8th on E & T Books. The Xfm Top 1000 songs are based on Xfm listener votes over the years and is available for ordering on the Waterstones website.

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Comment by Kenzie Severns on September 27, 2010 at 1:49pm
It was so amazing! I really want them to come back to ohio again sometime soon!
Comment by Jay Lakes on September 27, 2010 at 8:47am
@Debbie - HAHA! I was the THIRTY NINE YEAR OLD creepy old person from Cincinnati at the show! Glad I made the drive up after work. It was a great night!
Comment by Nolyn C on September 26, 2010 at 4:34pm
I was on the front rail where he came over when he was crowd surfing, someone behind me had to have ripped his glasses off because the usher had a piece of the arm and the band. Thats how I got them. All of the ripping of stuff off happened behind me.
Comment by becca on September 26, 2010 at 12:01am
Yeah, some guy walked by me and was like "I totally got his glasses!" holding up a piece of the ear part. I said, "wow, you're a douche bag" if that helps. Rivers was really cool to keep doing the show like a champ. I would have been pissed if it was me.

Loved the MGMT/Gaga mash up :)
Comment by thebeansofweezer on September 25, 2010 at 11:08pm
It was amazing to have you guys out there! It really made... going to school worth it. Anyway thanks for a great show. I couldn't stop singing, screaming, and enjoying myself hopefully you come back soon. I will make a big promise here too. I will attempt to find Rivers glasses and steal them back for him!
Comment by comicbookkiddo on September 25, 2010 at 10:33am
Aw geez. I can't believe someone stole his glasses... but in a way I'm kind of jealous.
Comment by Joey Davis on September 25, 2010 at 8:20am
I thought the glasses were just lost. I was way over against the fence by the tour bus and noticed Rivers without glasses. Shame... Anyway, great show! I haven't seen weezer since the Pinkerton tour and you guys are just as energetic as I remember. Loved the drum attack at the end.
Comment by Radioactive on September 25, 2010 at 6:30am
hope you guys had a great time!
Can't believe someone took Rivers' glasses tho =/
Comment by David T on September 25, 2010 at 5:18am
comon. give rivers his glasses back :)
Comment by Debby Helton Ebben on September 24, 2010 at 11:12pm
Had no idea my weekend would end up being so awesome! Woke up at 3pm after working 3rd shift, checked my facebook, and saw the info about the show, so we hopped in the car and drove up from Cincy to be the creepy old folks (we're 27). Totally worth the drive! We are Weezer fans from way back, and even used (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To as part of our wedding ceremony 3 weeks ago. Please come this way on the Memories tour, I can't imagine anything more awesome than seeing Weezer and Pinkerton live!
-Debby & Dan

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