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SLQ: . : from tompetty.com Amsterdam, NL Show Added on June 24 We are excited to announce that Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will return to Holland for the first time since 1987 with a show at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam on June 24. The Amsterdam show replaces the Zurich concert which, as announced last week, was cancelled due to logistical and production issues.

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Voldar: . . Amsterdam, NL Show Added on June 24 We are excited to announce that Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will return to Holland for the first time since 1987 with a show at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam on June 24. The Amsterdam show replaces the Zurich concert which, as announced last week, was cancelled due to logistical and production issues. http://www.tompetty.com/news/title/amsterdam-nl-show-added-on-june-24

Voldar: Tom Petty Hosts One Million Facebook Fans Giveaway Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are so elated to have hit the one million-fans mark on their Facebook page that theyre giving away 28 pairs of concert tickets! The giveaway takes place over the next seven days and you can enter here. One visit to Tom Pettys website and its evident that they totally believe in giving back to their fans but this offer especially shows their appreciation for the fans. Twenty-eight lucky winners will receive two tickets to a show on the 2012 Tour in the city of their choice. On the first day, one fan will win tickets and will get to choose the concert in the 2012 tour city of their choice (excluding the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival), with the number of winners increasing by one fan each day. In short, seven winners will be announced on the final seventh day, resulting in 28 tickets total for the week. Granted, this prize only includes concert tickets and does not include travel or accommodations but what a great excuse to hit the road. After all, youve been named a contest winner and thats an excellent excuse to take a little vacation. Visit Pettys website for all the details and the official rules of the contest. Winners will be selected by random draw, so take a chance and who knows you may hear the words You Got Lucky. http://ultimateclassicrock.com/tom-petty-hosts-one-million-facebook-fans-giveaway/

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SLQ: , :( Five guitars belonging to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have been stolen from the Soundstage in Culver City where they have been rehearsing for their US tour which will start next week. The stolen guitars are: Tom's Rickenbacker 360/12 - 1967 Blonde (serial # GH 3747) Tom's Gibson SG TV Junior - 1965 (serial # 318533) Scott's Epiphone Sheridan - 1967 (serial # to be updated ASAP) Ron's Fender Broadcaster (serial # to be updated ASAP) (The photo is of Mike's Broadcaster, but Ron's was stolen Mike's Dusenberg Mike Campbell Model (serial # to be updated ASAP) Police in Culver City are investigating the burglary. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are offering a $7500 reward with no questions asked to anyone with information leading to the recovery of the guitars. If you have any information on the whereabouts of these stolen guitars: Culver City Police Department, Detective Grant, (310) 253 6305 or email StolenGuitars@TomPetty.com (Please only email if you have actual information). Thank you. Mike's Dusenberg Mike Campbell Model (serial # to be updated ASAP)

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SLQ: Tom Petty guitar theft leads to arrest A security guard has been arrested following the theft of five of US musician Tom Petty's guitars from a rehearsal space in California. The instruments, worth an estimated 100,000 ($160,000) have also been returned to Petty and his band. Writing on his Facebook page, Petty said he was "extremely grateful" to the police and "touched by the outpouring of good wishes" from fans. The arrested man was Daryl Emmette Washington, 51, of Los Angeles. He was a private security guard at The Culver Studios lot, which is used for filming music videos and tour rehearsals. Police Chief Don Pedersen said the break in the case came when the suspect attempted to sell one of the guitars at a Hollywood pawn shop for $250 (157). Washington was booked on suspicion of grand theft, said a police spokesman, adding: "We believe that there is a very strong and compelling evidence in this case." The instruments included Petty's blond 1967 maple 12-string Rickenbacker and his Gibson SGTVJunior. Three other guitars belonging to his band-mates also went missing. The band had previously set up an email address for tip-offs about the instruments' whereabouts, with a "no questions asked" reward of $7,500 (4,712) for information leading to their return. Known for hit singles including American Girl, Learning To Fly and Breakdown, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are due to kick off their US tour in Colorado on Wednesday night. They come to Europe in June for a string of festival dates, as well as two nights in London's Royal Albert Hall. The shows will mark the band's first major UK shows for more than 20 years.

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Voldar: .. Tom Petty kicks off 2012 tour at 1stBank Center tonight By John Hendrickson | April 18th, 2012 | Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers will kick off their spring/summer tour with a pair of shows at Broomfields 1stBank Center tonight. At 61, Petty is nearing retirement age by conventional standards, though anyone who has seen the roots-rocker live can attest that hes far from hanging up the guitar and mouth harp. Hes two years removed from his last studio album, Mojo, so fans can likely expect a retrospective of radio hits and obscure nuggets. Tickets for tonight, $49.50-99.50, are available through TicketHorse. Thursday is sold out. http://www.heyreverb.com/2012/04/18/tom-petty-denver/

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SLQ: Tour Begins Tonight In Colorado - Check Out Photos From Rehearsals For the better part of the last two weeks, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have been rehearsing for a few hours each day to prepare for the upcoming North American Tour and the band's first trip to Europe in 25 years beginning in June. The band has been busy, working through some old blues tunes and covers to get warmed up early on in rehearsals before transitioning to the Heartbreakers' catalogue in the last week to solidify the songs that they'll play out on this tour. Be ready for some tried and true favorites, some rarities, and a special cover or two to keep everyone on their toes! The crew has been hard at work dialing in the production, getting the lights and sound just right so that the first show tonight near Denver goes off without a hitch. Later today, we'll be posting a video from rehearsals and an interview with Tour Lighting and Set Designer Jim Lenahan discussing his latest creation. Keep checking TomPetty.com throughout the tour for setlists, show recaps, behind the scenes photos and videos, and much more.

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SLQ: Wichita one of 9 U.S. stops for Tom Petty Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2012/04/18/2301601/wichita-one-of-9-us-stops-for.html#storylink=cpy Tom Petty is a man of few words. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician took to Twitter for a news conference about his upcoming tour which has only nine dates in the United States and includes Wichita. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers perform Thursday at Intrust Bank Arena. Singer Regina Spektor, a Russian-born singer/songwriter/pianist from New York City, is the opening act. During the conversation, Petty told reporters that his favorite sandwich is peanut butter and jelly. He misses Roy Orbisons laugh. And Woolly Bully was the first song he learned. But then he got serious about talking about his tour and looking forward to performing. With a catalog of music spanning to 1976, Petty admits its difficult to strike the right balance with his set list. Yes, its tough, he said. There are so many songs that I would love to play, but decisions have to be made. Pettys along with his band, The Heartbreakers most recent album is 2010s MOJO. The album was recorded in a room with each member of the band singing and playing at the same time. Petty said the music was recorded with no overdubs or studio trickery. With this album, I want to show other people what I hear with the band, he said.  MOJO is where the band lives when its playing for itself. As for the songs, Petty said he drew from influences such as rock n roll, country and blues. When I write, its usually not forced, he said of his style. A lot of the songs just come to me. Petty has had a career that many musicians would dream of, which is a long way from where he grew up in Gainesville, Fla. He became interested in rock music when he was 10 years old and met Elvis Presley. At the time, Presley was working with his uncle on the set of the movie Follow That Dream. I was hooked at that point, he said. Then I realized I wanted to be in a band when I saw The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. Its been nonstop work ever since. Aside from being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, hes also a Grammy winner, has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and been in two other bands The Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch. But through it all, Petty remains humble, yet funny. When asked about what his favorite thing about his long and prolific career is, he simply stated, the money.

SLQ: Listen to her heart You wreck me I won't back down Here cones my girl Handle with care Lovers touch I'm a man Something big Have love will travel Bands intros Free Fallin Spike It's good to be king To find a friend Something goodcomin Yer so bad Learning to fly I shoulda known it Good enough Don't come round here no more Refugee Running down a dream - - - Mary Jane Mystic eyes American girl

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SLQ: Live Photographs of American Rocker Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Taken on April 19th, 2012 at First Bank Center in Broomfield Colorado. http://www.flickr.com/photos/brandonmarshall1/6949421498/in/set-72157629857947795/

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SLQ: Giddy Tom Petty Opens Tour in Colorado 'Don't know when I've had such a good time,' he says on stage By John Wenzel April 20, 2012 9:05 AM ET Tom Petty performs in Broomfield, Colorado.Josh LoweTom Petty and the Heartbreakers delivered a loose, rollicking set at Broomfield, Colorados 1stBank Center last night to finish out the opening two-night stand of their 2012 tour, which continues for another 25 dates in North America and Europe through June 30th. The relatively intimate venue northwest of Denver, which can hold up to 6,500 but felt more like a cozy auditorium, hosted the official kickoff concert the previous night although Petty trimmed the set list on this show by four songs while still presenting a fans dream list of hits and the occasional cover and deep cut. Petty and his longtime band took the stage at 9 p.m. and wordlessly launched into "Listen to Her Heart" from 1978s Youre Gonna Get It! The agreeable jangle was only a hint of the volume to come as Petty grinned mischievously at lead guitarist Mike Campbell, Pettys black, button-up bell bottoms swaying as he pitched his body over his guitar. He hit a sour note on the opening strum of "You Wreck Me Baby," which he jokingly attributed to a broken string. After a quick instrument swap the momentum was back, with Petty cueing drummer Steve Ferrone for fills as David Letterman would Paul Shaffers rim shots. "Were going to have an even greater time tonight," Petty promised before "Wont Back Down." His familiar guitar dynamics palm-muted verses, open-chord choruses felt particularly laid-back as Campbells wailing slide leads cut through the pot fog hanging over the sold-out venue. Petty ditched his black overcoat for the Damn the Torpedoes cut "Here Comes My Girl" as the verses rode a wave of Benmont Tenchs insistent organ and piano notes. Dedicated to "all those Wilbury guys, wherever they are traveling tonight," his bands version of the Traveling Wilburys "Handle With Care" found multi-instrumentalist Scott Thurston taking over Roy Orbisons bridge vocals while Petty handled the rest. Given the previous nod to Pettys folk-rock supergroup, it was no surprise he followed with a song dedicated to the Band drummer Levon Helm, who died earlier in the day after a long battle with cancer. He was "one of the greatest human beings that ever was," Petty said before playing "The Best of Everything," a song from 1985s Southern Accents. Petty then dug into 1981s Hard Promises for "Something Big," a song "I always liked and never got to play very much." It was soon clear why he likes it: his simple but effective blues lead gave the mid-tempo stomper a barrelhouse charm. After sneaking a quick smoke near the drum riser and offering one of his personal favorites, "Have Love Will Travel," from 2002s The Last DJ, Petty lovingly introduced the Heartbreakers and led them back into a sing-along-friendly "Free Fallin," which briefly found him zooming around the stage like an airplane, arms outstretched. "Im havin fun. Im not in a hurry to get anywhere," he admitted before jamming on J.J. Cales propulsive "Travelin Light," a song also favored by Widespread Panic and rendered with suitable length and fluidity. We could have expected more acoustic songs if Pettys beloved guitars hadnt been so quickly lost and found from last weeks rehearsal space theft, but "Learning to Fly" and "Yer So Bad" were just the right amount. Campbell finally broke out his Les Paul and channeled Jimmy Page for the eardrum-shattering, Zeppelinesque "I Should Have Known It," from 2010s back-to-basics Mojo. During hits like "Runnin Down a Dream" and especially "Refugee," the years seemed to melt away as Petty attacked the mike, eyes squeezed shut. "I dont know when Ive had such a good time," he said before playing "American Girl," the last of the two-song encore. It was easy to believe it as Petty affected a playful Elvis hip-shake, hands clasped behind his head. He seemed as genuinely humbled by the audiences raucous applause as they were by his still-potent, effortless cool. Setlist: "Listen to Her Heart" "You Wreck Me" "I Wont Back Down" "Here Comes My Girl" "Handle With Care" "The Best of Everything" "Something Big" "Have Love Will Travel" "Free Fallin" "Spike" "Travelin Light" "Time to Move On" "Learning to Fly" "Yer So Bad" "I Should Have Known It" "Good Enough" "Refugee" "Runnin Down a Dream" Encore: "Mary Janes Last Dance" "American Girl" Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/giddy-tom-petty-opens-tour-in-colorado-20120420#ixzz1saj6zpAT

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SLQ: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at the 1stBank Center, 4/19/12 (photos and review) By Candace Horgan | April 20th, 2012 I dont know when Ive had so much fun, Tom Petty yelled to the roar of the crowd at the 1stBank Center Thursday night before launching into his encore. Theres something timeless about Pettys music. The man himself is seemingly ageless; his voice has avoided the deepening pitfalls of most other singers, his face looks hardly different than it did in the mid-80s, and his songs seem to have universal appeal. Many in the audience at the second of a two-night tour-opening run had not been born when Pettys first hit, American Girl, was released in 1976, yet almost all knew the lyrics and sang along to that tune, plus many more in his extensive catalog. On a stage draped with red curtains that leant a somewhat intimate feel to the confines of the 1stBank Center, Petty and his Heartbreakers commanded the stage from the first song, a rocking Listen to Her Heart. The Heartbreakers took off on the second number of the night, a fiery You Wreck Me, as guitarist Mike Campbell tore into the solo with abandon. Petty told the audience he was going to try to dig into some of his lesser-known back catalog. Though Handle With Care a Traveling Wilburys tune that had Scott Thurston singing the Roy Orbison part probably was more hit than rarity, the introspective The Best of Everything, which Petty dedicated to drummer Levon Helm of the Band, who died earlier Thursday, probably was one tune only the die-hard fans knew. Petty also introduced Have Love Will Travel, as one of the favorite songs hes ever written. Petty has been in the news lately for the theft of some rare guitars. The thief has been caught, and the band got the instruments back, but Petty made a wry reference to the episode during Spike, calling out the characters in the shady bar as guitar thieves. There was plenty of room for audience sing-alongs, especially on Free Fallin and acoustic-oriented versions of Learning to Fly and Yer So Bad. The band itself got to stretch out on a jam-band worthy take on J.J. Cales Travelin Light, while Petty exhorted the crowd and band to do some headbanging before a raucous I Should Have Known It, and stated he was playing Good Enough by audience request, though since he played it the first night as well, its hard to know if that was a genuine sentiment. On the set-closing Running Down a Dream, Petty and Campbell turned in the jangly Rickenbacker guitars for hard-rocking Gibson Explorers (see James Hetfield, et al.) and worked the crowd and stage like the veteran pros they are. The posturing during the final guitar crescendo was eaten up by the crowd, and would have seemed cheesy if the two hadnt clearly been having so much fun rocking like it was the mid-70s. Regina Spektor opened the show, and though her song volume seemed a little low for such a large venue, Fidelity sounded as good as ever. http://www.heyreverb.com/2012/04/20/tom-petty-1stbank-center-photos-review/#name%20here

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SLQ: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at 1STBANK Center, 4/19/12 By Jon Solomon Fri., Apr. 20 2012 at 8:38 AM "Tonight, we thought it would be fun...," Tom Petty said a few songs into two-hour set, "we're going to go pretty deep into some deep tracks for you tonight." Sure enough, Petty & the Heartbreakers ran through a number of hits during the second night of the band's two-night stand, but they delved into a few rarities as well. Petty himself admitted later in the set that while people ask him all the time what his favorite song is that he's written, he answers, "There are far too many for me to pick out one, and they're very often not ones that were really well known." Petty and company came out strong with "Listen to Her Heart," but there was a slight hiccup as they launched into "You Wreck Me," when Campbell broke a string on the opening chord. But the band was up and running in no time, and Campbell dug into one of many stellar solos of the night. "We were here last night and we had a great time," Petty said after "You Wreck Me," "and we're going to have an even greater time tonight." After delivering thoroughly solid takes on "I Won't Back Down" and "Here Comes My Girl," with the enthusiastic crowd singing along, Petty dedicated the Traveling Wilbury's cut "Handle With Care" "to all those Wilbury guys wherever they're traveling tonight." Guitarist/keyboardist Scott Thurston, who also did a damn fine job handling back-up vocals throughout the night, sang the Roy Orbison part. "I want to dedicate this song to just one of the greatest human beings that there ever was that passed away early this morning," Petty said, "and that is Levon Helm. We loved him dearly, and we're going to do this song that we never do. We probably don't know it very well, but you'll forgive us I'm sure." With that, Petty and company offered up a gorgeous rendition "Best of Everything." Benmont Tench opened the song on piano, and when the band kicked into the chorus the lines, "Wherever you are tonight I wish you the best of everything in the world/And I hope you found, whatever you were looking for," seemed to resonate even more. Petty said there were a few songs from 1981's Hard Promises that he always liked but never got to play very much, one of which was Southern rock-tinged "Something Big." He followed with "Have Love Will Travel," another deep cut from 2002's The Last DJ. When Petty sang, "How about a cheer for all those bad girls," there were a ton of screams from the crowd, followed by the line "And all the boys that play that rock and roll," which also received a loud roar. Petty then introduced the band, which also included bassist Ron Blair and drummer Steve Ferrone. A few moments later, Campbell yells into Petty's microphone, "How about Tom!" Petty then covered his face with his hands, almost like he was embarrassed. The crowd erupted as Petty strummed the opening chords of "Free Fallin'" on his sunburst Rickenbacker. It was of many hits of that night that had the crowd singing along. By the time Petty and the Heartbreakers were halfway through the set, they'd gone through about an equal number hits as deep cuts. While Petty couldn't go wrong with the hits, most of which have been embedded in the fabric of rock and roll, the lesser-known tracks were sometimes just as compelling. Take "Spike" for example. Right after the band launched into the song, Petty said he wanted to tell a real quick story: "I wrote this song about something that happened to me a long long time ago," he said. "And it was actually down in Gainesville, Florida. I was just sitting on the side of the road, just leaning against a car. It was a really hot day, and Florida can get really hot. And I just happen to be across the street from the worst bar in the state of Florida. This bar was called the Cypress Lounge. I'd never been in the Cypress Lounge. The word was never ever go in the Cypress Lounge. "And I see this guy walking down the street and it's the middle of the day and the sun is out. And he's got leather motorcycle boots, got leather pants on. Got a leather motorcycle jack with chains that hang down. And most importantly a dog collar. "So imagine my surprise when this fellow makes a right and goes straight into the Cypress Lounge. Well, I said I got to see this. So I walk in behind him. And you know, I came out of the bright sun and it took me a minute to get my eyes situated to the light. All I could see was the glow of the jukebox in back and some of the scariest people I'd ever seen in my life. Oh man, these were mean people. These were hijackers, kidnappers, ruthless killers. There were guitar thieves in there," which was a reference to the guy who stole five of the band's guitars last week from the rehearsal space in Culver City, all of which were recovered a few days ago. The band followed "Spike" with J.J. Cale's "Travelin' Light," which featured some killer guitar soloing from Campbell, then Petty strapped on his acoustic for the country-tinged "Time to Move On." A few hits later ("Learning to Fly" and "Yer So Bad"), Petty and company dug into a pair from 2010's Mojo, the band's most recent effort. "Lets do some headbanging right now," Petty said just before launching into "I Should Have Known It," definitely one of the heaviest songs of the night, which was followed by the slow blues of "Good Enough," a song Petty said was requested. While closing out the set with "Refugee and "Running Down a Dream" was epic, the band one-upped that during the encore with "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and the revved up "American Girl," which completely ignited the entire place. CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK Personal Bias: Although Tom Petty and company didn't really move a whole lot during the show, it didn't stop them from turning out a hell of a show. Random Detail: There was guy who liked a hell of a lot like Bret Michaels on the east side of the floor. Dude has the bedazzled cowboy hat, bandanna, eyeliner... the whole deal. But while all sorts of people were getting their pictures taken with the guy, a gal sitting in the row in front of me was pretty sure it was Michaels impersonator, as she got a chance to see him up close. By the Way: While it seemed like something of an odd choice to have Regina Spektor open the show, she delivered a decent set that included a few songs, "All the Rowboats" and "Don't Leave Me (Ne me quitte pas)," from her forthcoming album, What We Saw from the Cheap Seats, due in stores next month. http://blogs.westword.com/backbeat/2012/04/review_tom_petty_heartbreakers_1stbank_center_4-19-12.php?page=2 http://www.westword.com/slideshow/tom-petty-at-the-1stbank-center-36631239/#1

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SLQ: http://www.examiner.com/article/tom-petty-conquers-little-rock Tom Petty conquers Little Rock Jerry Tucker Little Rock Concerts Examiner It was a big night of rock at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock on Saturday, April 21st, 2012 as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers found out just how much support they had in Central Arkansas. This was the first time the band had ever played in Arkansas, and they had a great time doing it. The packed Arena was full of loud fans of all ages that were there to have a good time, and enjoy the music of Tom Petty. The show opened with Regina Spektor at 7:30, and Regina had a lot of fans in the crowd too. Her voice and piano playing made for a great opener for the show. Then, about 9, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers ripped into a night that spanned a long, successful career. They played some of their classics like I Wont Back Down, Free Fallin', and Refuge. They played some of their recent tracks like I Should Have Known It and Good Enough. They even played some of their deep tracks like Spike (from Southern Accents), Something Big (from Hard Promises), and Yer So Bad (from Full Moon Fever). Tom even threw in Handle With Care, a song he helped make famous with the Traveling Wilburys. Tom and the band opened with Listen To Her Heart, and tore through two hours of great music that ended with Runnin Down a Dream. He returned for the encores Mary Janes Last Dance and American Girl. Verizon Arena was packed, and many times throughout the night, the crowds singing was louder than Toms. A few times during the show Tom seemed surprised at the loud, enthusiastic reaction of the crowd and mentioned coming back. Little Rock will be waiting and ready when he returns.

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SLQ: Petty's first concert in Little Rock makes up for lost time By JACK HILL, SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE This article was published today at 2:15 a.m. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had broken a lot of local hearts over the decades, since the group had never rocked Little Rock or North Little Rock, for that matter but the band made up for lost time Saturday night at Verizon Arena. The sold-out crowd of 14,138 (about 40 sad fans were turned away) roared its approval at most every song and move by Petty, and the rest of his band, especially guitarist Mike Campbell, who traded hot licks with Petty on several songs, in the manner of the legendary duets of Eric Clapton and Duane Allman. And then there was keyboardist Benmont Tench, who turned a few songs into the coolest tunes since Steve Winwoods Traffic was around. Bassist Ron Blair, drummer Steve Ferrone and multi-instrumentalist Scott Thurston ably backed the three original Heartbreakers (with Blair having been present at the beginning, and having returned after a long hiatus.) The staging was almost old-style auditorium, with few frills to distract from the solid rock on display. Petty, still boyish at 61, expressed his amazement at his reception and promised to return, which would seem to a wise thing to do, since thunderous applause accompanied his every move, beginning with the bands first song, Listen to Her Heart, and continuing through 18 more songs over almost two hours. There were the big hits, such as I Wont Back Down, Free Fallin, Running Down a Dream and Refugee, but there were plenty of more obscure songs that never got much radio play, such as You Wreck Me, Takin My Time, Spike and Good Enough, plus a nice version of The Traveling Wilburys Handle With Care. Melinda was a powerful statement of the bands level of communication, and the band roared toward a stunning encore of two songs: Mary Janes Last Dance and American Girl, and no one expected more from these spent road warriors. Opening act Regina Spektor had nearly 45 minutes to showcase her piano and vocal talents, but much of her set consisted of songs from a new album a month away from being released. Recalling the intimate vibe of Kate Bush, Tori Amos and Ani DiFranco, the Russian-born Spektors best-known song, (They Made a Statue of) Us, was warmly received.

SLQ: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers roll into Little Rock Submitted by Matt Johnson on April 22, 2012 4:03 am Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers brought their travelling road show to Central Arkansas on Saturday, April 21, at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. Getting their start in 1976, the band is known for such hits as Refugee and Dont Do Me Like That. Petty told the lively crowd this was the bands first visit to Arkansas. The North American leg of the tour ends on May 5 in Austin, Texas. According to the bands website, they will embark on their first tour of Europe in 20 years, beginning with a June 7 show at the O2 Arena in Dublin. The tour wraps up on June 30 in Germany. The band opened the show with Listen to your Heart off the bands second album, Now Youre Gonna Get It! The concert was a sell out, according to Verizon Arena officials, with 14,138 in attendance. http://ualr.edu/forum/index.php/2012/04/22/tom-petty-and-the-heartbreakers-roll-into-little-rock/

Voldar: Tom Petty delights Wichita crowd with tour of hits through the years Tom Petty promised the crowd of about 10,000 gathered to see him at Intrust Bank Arena on Thursday that he would travel deep into his song library. And Petty, along with his band The Heartbreakers, kept the promise, delivering many of their most popular radio hits and there are a lot of those as well as several more obscure songs that span Pettys 25-plus-year career. Its about time we got to Wichita, Kansas, Ill tell you, Petty said as he took the stage. Wearing a blue suit with skinny trousers, his signature long blonde hair and a bushy beard, Petty took the stage to loud applause. The 61-year-old singer seemed to revel in it, at one point standing alone under a blinding spotlight, holding his hands straight up in the air and turning in circles as the crowd screamed. He opened the show with his 1978 song Listen to Her Heart, which he immediately followed with You Wreck Me, I Wont Back Down and Here Comes My Girl. Early in the show, he and the band also performed Handle With Care, one of Pettys hits when he played with The Traveling Wilburys. Wichita was only the fourth stop on the bands 2012 tour, and Petty and crew strayed Thursday night from the near-identical sets they delivered Saturday in Little Rock and Tuesday in Albuquerque. Wichita got not only Its Good to Be King, from the 1994 album Wildflowers, but also Have Love Will Travel, a song from the 2002 album The Last DJ that Petty said he performed just because he liked it. People ask me, Whats your favorite song? Petty said. There isnt really an answer because there are so many. But this is one of my favorite ones. Its not a well known one or anything, but Im going to play it because I feel like playing it. The crowd erupted when Petty performed Free Fallin, and it was the first of many crowd sing-alongs. Pettys long-time guitar player Mike Campbell, whom he introduced as one of my oldest friends in my life, had many standout moments, including a scene-stealing solo in Its Good to Be King. Later in the set, Petty performed an acoustic version of Learning to Fly, and he closed the show with two of his most popular hits, Mary Janes Last Dance and American Girl. Singer Regina Spektor, known for her hit Fidelity, was the opening act. She performed the majority of her set behind her grand piano, where she proved she could play as well as she could sing. Comment: That's odd. The story was published at 10:35 and concert wasn't even over yet. How does that happen? And what a backwards policy of 1 drink per person. Only in Wichita. Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2012/04/26/2312994/tom-petty-delights-wichita-crowd.html#storylink=cpy

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Voldar: , ? -, . Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers switch off the cruise control at New Orleans Jazz Fest Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers apparently don't like to sweat, at the New Orleans Jazz Fest or elsewhere. They are all formidable musicians, capable of stretching out and challenging themselves. But with a vast catalog of carefully crafted rock radio hits to serve, they tend to play it safe onstage. Except when they don't. The first hour of Petty and the Heartbreakers' Saturday evening closing set in front of a vast crowd at the Acura Stage sailed along smoothly enough. They stuck to a safe, reasonable and adrenaline-free speed. But then they switched off the cruise control and opened up. And that's when the set came alive. The grizzled, 61-year-old Petty, his eyes hidden behind sunglasses, hails from the perpetually cool school of rock star. He looked the part in a purple pinstripe jacket over a black shirt. The 13 tons of air-conditioning that Petty's crew reportedly rigged up to chill the stage no doubt helped make such an outfit tolerable in the day's heat. Initially, the Heartbreakers played their cards close to the vest as they shuffled through their deck of hits: "Listen to Her Heart," "You Wreck Me," "Won't Back Down." Lead guitarist Mike Campbell is a master of taste and tone; Petty songs sound like Petty songs in large part because of Campbell's signature style. His slide guitar solo on "Won't Back Down" was letter-perfect, as were the majority of his solos. Keyboardist Benmont Tench strung piano grace notes across "Here Comes My Girl." Petty raided the catalog of his '80s all-star ensemble the Traveling Wilburys for "Handle With Care"; Tench handled the late Roy Orbison's vocal part. The Heartbreakers could have extended the hit parade for the entire set. But 45 minutes in, they turned down a road less traveled. They dug out "Lover's Touch," an indigo-shaded deep cut from the 2010 album "Mojo." They teed up Bo Diddley's "I'm a Man," which has become a staple of Heartbreakers sets on the current tour. They trotted out "Something Big," a lesser-known cut from the 1981 "Hard Promises" album, and "Have Love Will Travel," from Petty's overlooked 2002 release "The Last DJ." "How about a cheer for all those bad girls," Petty sang, to a loud cheer, "and all the boys that play rock 'n' roll." The sunburst chords of "Free Fallin'" marked a return to more familiar ground. But just as quickly, they veered off again with "Spike," an obscurity from the "Southern Accents" album. By way of introduction, Petty spun a tale about the Cypress Bar in his boyhood hometown of Gainesville, Flor., a place populated by unsavory types. "They've got robbers and killers and shrimp boat captains and guitar thieves in there," he said. "Guitar thieves" likely referred to the recent theft of several guitars from a California studio during the Heartbreakers' tour rehearsals. Perhaps relieved to have recovered those guitars, they decided to use them. Campbell swooped and wailed in his instrument's upper register; at one point, the guitars locked in for a "Freebird"-esque dual flight of fancy. It was an exhilarating exercise that had nothing to do with radio hits. This was a band of players actually playing. They caught their collective breath with a lovely acoustic rendering of "Learning to Fly." Just as quickly, the big guitars came out again for "Good Enough," a hard, slow blues from "Mojo." Campbell manhandled a brawny Les Paul guitar, tearing off metallic shards over a recurring progression provided by Petty and the other Heartbreakers. It was another wholly satisfying excursion, one that set up the final one-two punch. Campbell switched back to a chiming Rickenbacker guitar for a taut, tidy "Refugee," followed by a fleet "Runnin' Down a Dream" dressed up by jazzy piano flourishes. Running slightly over time, they nonetheless returned for an encore of "Last Dance With Mary Jane" - Petty loves his pot references - and the open road, open throttle closer "American Girl." All in all, it was a fun ride, especially given the detours. http://www.nola.com/jazzfest/index.ssf/2012/04/tom_petty_the_heartbreakers_sw.html

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Voldar: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers do their home state proud with blistering show in Estero ESTERO A scant two days after playing to over 50,000 at New Orleans Jazzfest, Floridas golden child Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers took a the trip to Estero and cooked up a first-rate show for his birth state. Mixing hits, blues, acoustic, and even some headbanging as he described it, the show had the feel of a hometown barbecue at the Florida Everblades Germain Arena, a few hours from the bands Gainesville hometown. The show was a polished gem in a medium arena of about 8,000, packed to the rafters full of screaming fans. It was big enough to provide the proper adulation for a star and band on stratospheric par with a Dylan and Springsteen, and small enough for a cozy ambiance. Mr. Petty might not be the pure poet like Dylan but his songs create visceral images as well as anyone out there. Whereas many from the New York / New Jersey area will argue otherwise, Petty and the Heartbreakers shows are stronger than Springsteens and with superior talent with the exception of the former Palm Beach resident Clarence Big Man Clemons (may he rest in peace). The Heartbreakers spread their wings wider for their frontman, who both culls the talent and delves deeper into their capability. Opening with Listen to Her Heart, Petty immediately gave the fans what they expected, quality art in an enduring song. Quickly he hit I Wont Back Down and Here Comes My Girl off the breakout LP Damn the Torpedoes. Then they went into the Traveling Wilburys plum Handle With Care, done expertly. Originally recorded with George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Bob Dylan, the band did a fine job of honoring the original lineup. Petty covered Harrisons vocals sweetly and with all due respect, the same respect Heartbreaker Scott Thurston paid to the memory and superior vocal talents of Orbison, no small feat. Doffing the jacket and going the rest of the way in vest and tie, Mr. Pettys clean backdrop of velvet curtains and low-key lighting created an ambiance supporting the crystal sound and show. He opted to Dig into (the album) Mojo with some romantic blues with Lovers Touch, the stage drenched in red lighting, giving a Chicago-like ambiance. Throughout Mike Campbell bent and pulled notes from his guitar in tasty fashion. He amped this up a couple notches as they followed with a barnstorming rendition of Bo Diddleys Im A Man, appropriate as Diddley lived outside of Gainesville. A master of tempo and show rhythm, Mr. Petty led the band and audience on a roller-coaster ride taking it down a beat stating, I dedicate this with all our love to the great Levon Helm, and proceeding with Have Love, Will Travel. The crowd volume swelled with the emphasized lines Cheer for all the bad girls, and bad boys who play rock and roll. Coasting back up with A love song. Everybody likes a love song. Even if your lover just packed up and left, Petty rolled into Free Falling. Over dual Rickenbackers that sweet Byrds-like tone the crowd sang out the chorus while Petty vocalized over the 6- and 12-strings ringing out. Were having fun out here. Youve got to love Florida, he said over a lit venue and ear-piercing crowd standing and applauding. For a guy and band hailing from dive bar Dubs, named after its owner, its an incredibly talented group individually and collectively. Keys maestro Benmont Tench recorded with everybody: Rolling Stones, Dylan, Don Henley, Johnny Cash, U2, Stevie Nicks, Cheryl Crow, Ringo Starr, and Elvis Costello to name a few. Campbell squeezes and bends notes out of his guitar like fresh orange juice on a sunny day. His playing is a premier barbecue sauce sweet brown sugar, pepper and cayenne edge, and hickory flavored liquid smoke from his fiery fingers. Pettys oldest buddy and co-captain layers it on so smooth, with a little crunch. Rhythmically solid, original bassist Ron Blair and, as Petty said Rolling on the drums, Steve Ferrone (Average White Band, Eric Clapton, Slash) keep it locked and loaded. Ferrones timekeeping would make Swiss watchmakers want to throw down their tools and quit. Thurstons an all-around talent who does it all well: guitar, keys, harmonica, and harmonious vocals, balancing out Petty perfectly. Petty himself is a solid guitarist. During Good to be King, he worked the texture and tone on the lower registers on a Telecaster with great effect. They brought the song down so it felt like you were on a couch in a studio and then right back up to the peak of the ride with Campbell going off full-tilt, then back down with a reverb effect straight from 1966. A perfect setup for a mini acoustic set starting with the North Florida country tinged Time to Move On, Into the Great Wide Open, and Yer So Bad. During Wide Open Campbell accompanied on mandolin and Tench tickled the ivories at high end of the keyboard. Kicking into overdrive, Petty ditched his axe to belt it out for I Should Have Known It at full bore. He seemed to relish this heavy hitter off Mojo. Afterwards he said, Youre too kind. Im not even about to stop. You having fun? Rolling right into Good Enough from the same album the coaster hit full speed with Campbell tearing into it with Jimmy Page-esque riffs all over the neck and especially close to the pickups. Refugee resulted in a massive standing ovation. Pettys voice was a strong as ever and crisp even after a long set; he seems to warm up like the tubes and tone from a prime vintage guitar amp. Closing the set with Running Down a Dream, Campbell and Petty shredded it with dual Firebird guitars for the heavier driving tone they are known for. Mr. Petty seemed to take it all in, swamped by the audience adoration and reverence, keeping it simple with, Thank you so much. The thunderous crowd, especially for a mid-sized venue, was at peak decibel level. With Mary Janes Last Dance, Petty and Campbell again shredded it up like beef brisket cooked to tender perfection and some tasty guitar wine to go with it. So good to see you one more time, said the master chef. Finally rolling out the American Girl of the urban myth, with cars rolling by old 441 sounding like waves crashing on the beach, the song was greeted ecstatically by the crowd to close the show. With friends, family, and friendly strangers intermingling, there was plenty of hand-shaking, dancing, beer drinking, and a party atmosphere with this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band playing in gator country. After the gig they would no-doubt go to work and host all those in attendance going backstage. Fortunately for Mr. Petty, his mother-in-law is a genuinely warm person, so too her posse of friends; there were a lot of passes in the audience so close to their original home. http://www.pbpulse.com/music/sunfest/2012/05/02/tom-petty-and-the-heartbreakers-do-their-home-state-proud-with-blistering-show-in-estero/

Voldar: Concert review: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Amway Center As any Tom Petty fan knows, the waiting is the hardest part, but this is ridiculous. Petty and the Heartbreakers havent played an arena show in Orlando since 1995, although the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have made numerous road-trip worthy stops on the I-4 corridor in Tampa and Daytona Beach since the Clinton years. So it was worth wondering if the band would pull out any surprises on Thursday at Amway Center. You know, to make the night memorable enough to last another decade or so? Were pretty excited to be back in Florida, Petty told the sold-out crowd in the opening moments of a 2-hour show. Weve got all our friends and relatives and ex-wives backstage. There were plenty of wrinkles mixed into the reliable assortment of hits, often delivered with a precision perhaps only rivaled by the Eagles, another band that has remained a big concert draw. Petty opened with a faithful rendition of Listen to Her Heart, still a fine example of the bands debt to the guitar sound of the Byrds. It was immediately followed by a one-two punch of signature hits You Wreck Me, I Wont Back Down that lesser bands would be obligated to save for the encore. The Heartbreakers mixed the obligatory stuff with surprises such as Here Comes My Girl, in which the band chugged along powerfully beneath the spoken-word narration that opened into the big chorus. Such dynamic shifts were elevated by a mix that was hospitable by the arenas hit-or-miss standards. Petty dedicated another lesser known song, The Best of Everything, to the late Levon Helm, a fitting gesture since Robbie Robertson and Richard Manuel, Helms colleagues in The Band, contributed to the original studio track. He did some old-fashioned Southern storytelling on a folksy Spike. Something Big was among numerous showcases for guitarist Mike Campbells inventive solos, which also lifted You Wreck Me, Saving Grace and others with combinations of flash and restraint. Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench turned J.J. Cales Travelin Light into an atmospheric jam. It all unfolded on a stage that was relatively understated compared with the eye-catching light displays of recent tours. There was only a backdrop of an elegant curtain, shaded by a mix of spotlights. Above the band, there were four video screens that couldve been larger to work for the cheap seats. Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor opened the show with 50 minutes of piano ballads that were an oddly somber counter-point to Pettys rock n roll. A lot of the subtleties were lost in the cavernous arena, so the contrast didnt exactly work. Fortunately, Petty and the band reclaimed the rock mojo, especially on a closing sprint that included Refugee, Runnin Down a Dream, Mary Janes Last Dance and American Girl. Lets hope they dont wait so long to come back. http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_music_blog/2012/05/concert-review-tom-petty-and-the-heartbreakers-at-amway-center.html

Voldar: An Encore Performance: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers put on dynamic local show Southwest Florida Tom Petty fans were wowed when the legendary story-teller paired back up with the very talented Heartbreakers (Steve Ferrone, Mike Campbell, Scott Thurston, Ron Blair and Benmont Tench) for a dynamic show Tuesday night at Germain Arena. Opening the show was sweet little Regina Spector from New York, performing on her grand piano, accompanied by her band, consisting of a cellist, keyboardist and drummer. Regina's voice is very sweet, she can really hit the high notes, and her skills on the piano are fantastic. Her music is very lively, soft and upbeat, and the rising star regularly thanked the audience and showed her appreciation for the grand applause after every song. Following Regina's opening set, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers took the stage, with the crowd roaring to its feet in great delight and anticipation. Tom opened the show by stating, "I've got nowhere else to be, so I'm gonna be here for a while," followed by the audience again roaring with excitement. He did just that, performing for longer than two hours, showing much appreciation to his music-loving audience while entertaining with all of his biggest hits, along with some deep tracks and even a request from the audience! Just some of the several songs the band performed include, "Refugee," "Won't Back Down," "Lover's Touch," "Something Big," "The Last DJ," "The Waiting," "Southern Accents," "The Best of Everything," "It's Good to be King," "Free Falling," "Into the Great Wide Open," "Good Enough" and "Runnin' Down a Dream." Between each song, the crowd would chant, "Petty! Petty! Petty!" and you can tell Tom and his group really took all of the love to heart. Before performing "The Best of Everything," Tom was sure to send a dedication to Levon Helm, former drummer of the band, who passed away after a long battle with cancer. "This is dedicated with all our love to the great Levon Helm," the lead singer stated. Through the entire length of "Free Falling," the audience sung every single word, throwing up lighters, flashing peace signs, and all singing as one. It was enough to give anyone goosebumps from the intense positive energy flowing through the stadium. His story-telling gene really shined during his intro to "Spike," speaking of Gainsville's Big Cypress Lounge back in the '90s , and how he was a little intimidated at the time to even go in there, as it's a place where big, mean, spiked-dog-collar-wearing bikers and "guitar thieves" hang out. Turns out the proverbial tables were turned, as he mentioned in his song! After a huge performance and rants and raves from his audience, Tom and his band graciously left the stage, shortly followed by the road crew coming in and taking down the set. But, Petty fans weren't having it. They continued chanting, "Petty! Petty! Petty!" while waving lit lighters and lit cellphone displays. After several minutes of chanting, cheering and thinking about what songs could possibly be left for the band to perform, Tom and his Heartbreakers returned to the stage after what turned out to be a quick cigarette break! They proceeded to perform a two-song encore, featuring "Last Dance for Mary Jane" and "American Girl." Guitarist Mike Campbell continued flipping guitar picks into the audience and sending love to those that weren't as close to the stage as the lucky floor-laden audience members. After the two encore songs, the humbled band then gathered together in the front of the stage and bowed to their very gracious audience. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are finishing up their tour across the country in Texas, picking back up for their international string through Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Norway, France and Italy next month. For more information on the international superstars, visit TomPetty.com. http://www.beach-bulletin.com/page/content.detail/id/520509/An-Encore-Performance--Tom-Petty-and-the-Heartbreakers-put-on-dynamic-local-show.html?nav=5064

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SLQ: Free Fallin' at the Metro CentreJune 1 , 2012 - 5:40am By STEPHEN COOKE Entertainment Reporter | Concert Review Lets just cut to the chase and state the obvious: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers play one of the greatest rock and roll shows you're ever going to see, and on Thursday night Halifax got to see it in all its glory. Admittedly, its a tough call when you consider some of the acts that have rolled through the Metro Centre over the years, from Neil Young and John Fogerty to Pearl Jam and the Pixies. But pound for pound, in terms of the volume of hits, natural charisma and the wonder of a band whose members intermesh so effortlessly after playing together for decades, Petty and his cohorts score as high as anybody. And yes, I wont be the first reviewer of this act to note that the waiting is in fact the hardest part, but its especially true when this is the bands first venture to these parts in its 36-year history. They made up for lost time though with over two-and-a-half hours of songs that have become ingrained in our psyches and part of the broader fabric of pop culture. If youve ever had I Wont Back Down stuck on an endless loop in the back of your mind for days on end, youll know what I mean. Amazingly, that song, the second biggest single of Pettys career, got tossed into the set three songs in, after the early track Listen to Her Heart and the fine mid-90s Wildflowers single You Wreck Me. At that point I stopped trying to second guess where this show was going to take us and just sat back to enjoy the ride. And what a ride it was. The Heartbreakers came on with no formalities, and played without any bells and whistles apart from a quartet of video screens above the stage and the usual racks of moving lights. No risers, no pyro, no catwalk. Heck, these guys still plug into their amps using actual guitar cords rather than wireless units, talk about old school. No, these five musicians were here to play some great rock and roll tunes to make you dance, sing along, and reminisce. If you want all that other stuff, you could have gone to Hedley, or make travel plans to see Nickelback in Moncton. We finally made it to Halifax, grinned Petty as 11,000 voices hollered back in a deafening greeting. Weve got a lot of songs planned for you tonight, hope you dont have to be home early. Nobody was going anywhere, least of all Petty, who spread his arms in triumph after leading the singalong to Wont Back Down, leaving little doubt he was enjoying himself too. Were going to dig deep into the albums, and do some of the deep tracks, he told the crowd, piquing the interest of longtime fans and those who were seeing him play for the umpteenth time. It took him a while to get there though, since the next song was one of Damn the Torpedoes singles from 1979, Here Comes My Girl with its stately piano part by master keyboardist Benmont Tench, matching notes with guitarist Mike Campbell, followed by the Travelling Wilburys Handle With Care, which sent the crowd into an absolute tizzy. I guess that was one most people didnt expect to hear at a Petty concert; frankly, George Harrison and Roy Orbison could have walked on stage at that point, and it couldnt have got them any more worked up. Although it was Petty in the spotlight, impressively slim in a pinstripe suit, black velvet vest and red cravat, it was as much of a joy to watch Campbell work his magic. Introduced by his boss as my partner, my co-captain and our lead guitarist, the singers longtime collaborator coloured every song with just the right tone He could make the steel slide on his Stratocaster sing like a Southern angel on The Best of Everything (touchingly dedicated to Levon Helm), or toss off an explosive blues rock riff on his sunburst Les Paul while Petty shook his maracas like a mad shaman on the early Fleetwood Mac tune Oh Well. Campbell doesnt play with overt flash or virtuosity, but theres intelligence and heart invested in every lick. Pretty much every song shows off the bands ability to work together as a crack unit, but one of the most impressive was the 10-minute spaced out odyssey Its Good to Be King from Wildflowers, with Campbell slipping in and out of the tune like mercury and Petty playing a solo on his cream-coloured Telecaster using the Neil Young playbook and making he most out of the fewest notes. A couple near me decided to take this opportunity to make out, and really its hard to argue with that decision, but the moment was a masterful example of building and releasing tension, before drummer Steve Ferrone let all hell break loose and Campbell was slashing at the string on his Les Paul again. After a beautifully rearranged Learning to Fly and a little headbanging Led Zeppelin-esque blues rock from the latest album Mojo, the band was heading for home with the 1979 breakout hit Refugee and the snarling highway riff of Running Down a Dream, with Petty and Campbell looking totally badass sporting twin vintage Gibson Firebird guitars. One of the pairs best double guitar parts soon followed in the encores Mary Janes Last Dance, as the smell of the songs namesake quickly filled the air, before Petty strapped on his distinctive Rickenbacker 12-string one last time for American Girl. The song has lost none of its feeling of that first rush of love in over 35 years, but then the houselights came up, and the feeling was gone again. Im not sure what I can say about gospel institution The Blind Boys of Alabama, who opened in place of an unavailable Jimmy Cliff, that I didnt say when they played the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium four years ago, but its comforting to know they havent lost their power to move crowds either. As a recent convert to the HBO crime series The Wire, I found their rendition of the Tom Waits-penned theme song Way Down in the Hole burning a hole into my soul, and the blend of their deep, resonant voices on a mashup of Amazing Grace and House of the Rising Sun was nothing less than spine-tingling, especially when founding member Jimmy Carter let out a wail that could fill the Dartmouth Sportsplex and the Halifax Forum as well as the Metro Centre. Now thats jubilation. Setlist: Listen to Her Heart You Wreck Me I Won't Back Down Here Comes My Girl Handle With Care The Best of Everything Oh Well Something Big Free Fallin' Damage You've Done It's Good to Be King Crawling Back to You Learning to Fly Yer So Bad I Shoulda Known It Good Enough Refugee Runnin' Down a Dream Encore Mary Jane's Last Dance American Girl http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/102628-free-fallin-at-the-metro-centre

SLQ: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=371284166253607&set=o.103708913030424&type=1 Well I won't back down No, I won't back down You can stand me up at the gates of Hell But I won't back down Thomas 8:2;V.1 Tom Petty is my hero. That may sound strange to a lot of people, but I hope I can at least say that here. The reasons abound. Mainly, on the outside, they're superficial. He's my hero because I love his music so much. Hmmm... hardly a reason for someone to be a hero. But why do I love his music so much? When you look at it deeper, the answer is right there. The music. The meaning. The structure. The beauty. The intelligence. The heart. The soul. The beat. The best. Still... how do you get a hero out of that? I don't know. We have different ways of choosing our heroes. I don't choose mine lightly. My parents our my heroes, too. I remember one time, when I was about 5yrs old, I went horse riding with my brothers and sisters. The horses were trained and knew the trail they were supposed to follow and me being so young and probably my first time on a real horse, they had me to hold on to the saddle horn instead of the reins. My step-mom was afraid of horses, so she didn't ride with us. Everything was fine till the last leg of the trail when the horse barn came into sight. Something got into my horse and he bolted for the barn! Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!! All I could do was hold on to that saddle horn for dear life and probably scream for help! The horse was running straight for the barn. In my little 5yr old mind, that barn was scary because I couldn't see into it. I thought the horse was going to go straight through it and crash through the wall and keep going, probably never to stop. But about 30 or 40ft before that horse could make it to the barn, my step-mom, who was afraid of horses and only about 5'2", stepped in front of it, used her body to block it, then sidestep it, grab the reins and make that horse stop. That becoming the day in my mind that she saved my life. Who knows? Maybe she did save my life that day. She damn sure stepped in front of a running horse and stopped it. So, what makes Tom Petty a hero? Did he ever step in front of a running horse? I don't know. Maybe. Did he write a bunch of songs that touched people's hearts, helped them to get through the things in life that were getting them down? Yes! Definitely!! He also gives to charity like crazy. That's a hero in my book, too. He is known to stand up for his family, friends, and fans and not let anyone walk all over him. He's a badass! Then, there are things like this... When Tom takes the time to show gratitude to some of the people who are truly heroes. The ones who sacrificed more than we can imagine. The men and women who step up to the plate when it's not a game. From the NEWS section at tompetty.com... MAY 31, 2012 Halifax, NS CA Opening Acts: Blind Boys of Alabama So many of the memorable moments on Heartbreakers' tours happen onstage, but it was a special visitor the band met just before they went on at the sold-out Haifax Metro Center that won't soon be forgotten. Adam Keys has been a fan of the band for as long as he can remember. Growing up in Whitehall, PA, he and best friend - Jesse Reed - caught a few Heartbreakers shows together over the years. Thursday night was his fourth show; he'd seen them twice in Camden, NJ and once in Madison Square Garden. On July 14, 2010, Adam - an Army Specialist in the 618th Engineer Company - was injured when his vehicle was hit by a large IED in southern Afghanistan. He was the sole survivor in the five-person patrol, but sustained severe injuries that required the amputation of an arm and both legs. Unfortunately, Adam's loss didn't end there that day. Reed - his childhood friend who enlisted with Adam in 2009 - was one of the soldiers that died in the incident. After 15 months recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Adam transferred into outpatient care earlier this year and is already learning to walk on prosthetic legs. In Haifax to attend his grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary, Adam found out the Heartbreakers were in town and bought a ticket. After hearing about his story, Tom and the guys invited Adam and his family to visit backstage before the show. After all the pictures were snapped and the last autograph inked, Adam leaned over to Tom. "You guys are freaking awesome," he gushed as only a true fan can. "I'll remember tonight for a long, long time and can't thank you enough." "You're the awesome one, Adam. We're just a bunch of guitar players," Tom said with a grin. "We're so honored to have you here with us tonight." Normally in these reviews, we comment on special songs or particular moments during the show, and there were plenty in Halifax: a stunning "The Best of Everything," the return of "Oh Well" and a phenomenal "Crawling Back To You," to name just a few. But the memory of Halifax will be the look on Adam's face sitting side stage when the house lights came up after "American Girl," as the band made their exit to the cheers of 10,000-plus screaming Nova Scotians. "That was incredible!"

Voldar: Tom Pettys Hand Injury Still Painful Take note, musicians out there. Its probably best not to punch a recording studio wall when frustration occurs. Thirty years ago, Tom Petty did just that and had to have pins placed in his fingers. The Daily Express reports that the rock legend still suffers pain from injuring his hand back in the 80s. Petty told Q magazine, I didnt notice it for the longest time, but in the last year its started to hurt. I guess thats just down to getting old. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will perform at the Isle of Wight Festival in England on June 22. http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/News/en-us/tom-petty-hand-injury-still-painful-0530-2012.aspx

Voldar: Tom Petty gets the crowd singing with all of his hits Tom Petty is a storyteller. After his Newfoundland weekend two nights at St. Johns Mile One Centre he probably has a few more tales to tell. Some struggled to justify the price of admission when the Heartbreakers show was announced, with tickets between $80 and $170, but you cant argue with success, and these shows, two of only three Canadian dates on Pettys current tour, packed them in to the rafters. None appeared to be regretting the expense. Promoter Dave Carver told the crowd Saturday night they were in for a treat with the opening act, and he did not lie. Although not to everyones taste, gospel kings the Blind Boys of Alabama brought the salvation, with a tight band and heavenly harmonies. How does the Marc Cohn song go? Tell me are you a Christian child? And I said Maam I am tonight Yeah, it was a bit like that. An uplifting beginning with a rousing end, and the lights came up for the crew to clear the stage. As they went down, the crowd went to its feet. Petty opened with Listen to Your Heart, he and co-captain Mike Campbell leaning on the trademark Rickenbackers to pull out the signature jangle. Petty squinting; lights too bright? They launched into You Wreck Me, and by I Wont Back Down, the voices of the gathered thousands filled the stadium, singing along. Uninvited, but Petty did not seem to mind. In fact, if anything, he looked to be charmed by the rousing welcome, tickled by the singing, the enthusiasm, the deafening appreciation he was given from fans new and old. The age range was not lost on Petty. Heres one we wrote in 1981, he said, answering the resultant cheer with, Yeah, that was a good year for me, too. To one youngster up front, he added with a laugh, You werent even here then. By then they were into it, Petty carving a weaving dance around the stage, waving and laughing. Campbell swapping a guitar per song or two; just the right sound from lightening breaks, bent strings, crying slide. Bringing the crowd up then settling them back. The band saved the heaviest tunes for the end, pounding out a heavy jam in Good Enough, which lead into Refugee, ending the set with Running Down a Dream. The Heartbreakers lingered on stage after that, soaking in a reaction the old band may not have heard in some time. And they milked it, running a full five minutes of stomping, hooting ovation before climbing back in the saddle for a two-song capper. Between them, Petty leaned into the mike and said, I got a feeling this is not our last trip to St. Johns. After this weekend, hes not the only one thinking that way. http://www.thetelegram.com/Arts---Life/Entertainment/2012-06-04/article-2995184/Tom-Petty-gets-the-crowd-singing-with-all-of-his-hits/1

SLQ: ! Petty and his crew still pack a punch ITS BEEN 20 years since Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers graced Europe with their presence, so its no surprise the 61-year-old troubadour gets a more-than-warm welcome from the Irish fans. Not that hes been idle these past two decades; hes had some of his biggest hits in the 1990s, both solo and with The Heartbreakers, and he continues to play to sold-out arena crowds in the US. The Gainesville, Florida rocker may not have quite the same spiritual, emotional and political heft of his New Jersey contemporary, Bruce Springsteen, but his place in the pantheon of great American rock is assured through such hits as Learning To Fly, Into The Great Wide Open and Free Fallin. And just to seal his street cred, Peter Bogdanovichs four-hour documentary, Running Down a Dream, paints an indelible portrait of a great American rock star. Recently, Petty flexed his political muscle, after Republican candidate Michelle Bachman dared to use his song American Girl in her campaign. In 2000, Petty had stopped George W Bush from using his song I Wont Back Down, so needless to say he didnt back down from this latest assault on his integrity. Petty and his Heartbreakers took to the O2 stage at 9.05pm, looking older but no less vintage. No sign of Pettys trademark grey stovepipe hat that was destroyed in a house fire a few years ago but his long-time band mates keyboard player Benmont Tench, guitarist Mike Campbell, bassist Ron Blair, Drummer Steve Ferrone and multi-instrumentalist Scott Thurston were present and correct. The band opened gingerly with Listen to Her Heart, then pushed it a bit more with You Wreck Me, before sealing the deal with I Wont Back Down and Here Comes My Girl. Its been far too long since we were last here, said a bearded and besuited Petty, then launched into Handle With Care. Oh, yeah, I forgot, he was in the Travelling Wilburys too. What a legend. A recent song, Good Enough, from the 2010 album Mojo, was a bluesy, Zep-esque three-guitar assault good enough for me. The band followed that with a rendition of Fleetwood Macs Oh Well, but Pettys own Free Fallin really lifted the gig to the next level. Its Good To Be King was a right royal wig-out. He may not be the King of American rock, but hes one of its bravest captains.

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SLQ: Tom Petty: a rock star for the ages On the eve of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers first UK gigs in 13 years, the evergreen rocker is still grateful to the British fans who kickstarted his career. Neil McCormick meets him Tom Petty sits in the cool quiet of a recording studio at his Malibu beach front house, hunched over a black coffee and drawing on the first in a long chain of cigarettes. His skin has the ashen pall of a serious smoker, his greying beard, long, thin blonde hair and faded T-shirt and sneakers lending him a scraggly appearance at odds with the luxuriousness of the setting. On the other side of the French windows, there is sunshine, palm trees and the endless blue of the ocean, a vista that resonates with old-fashioned notions of rock-and-roll dreams fulfilled. My cousin came over and she said, Did you ever think youd have a house like this?  recalls Petty. I said, I didnt know anyone had a house like this. He laughs lightly to himself. I didnt get into music for those reasons. I saw this as taking the road that wouldnt be profitable. If it hadnt worked out, Im sure Id still be playing at weekends, holding down a regular job. A reliable car, a place to live and a job playing music, that was my goal, it was my entire dream. The rest of it just came in increments. Things started to move really fast and didnt seem to stop for the longest time. Suddenly, you look around, and all this great stuff has happened. I was just trying to get to the next gig, or the next record. Its kind of still the same. He laughs again, with gentle incredulity. All in all, Im as happy as a 61-year-old rock star can be. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers arrive in the UK this week for their first British gigs in 13 years. Im excited, he says, before recalling his first gig in Britain back in 1976, opening for Nils Lofgren. The audience just jumped up and charged the stage and were boogieing their brains out. It was such a rush. Wow, we had never seen anything like that, man. Petty had been on the fringes of the United States rock scene for a long time but it was in the UK that his lean, classic American song writing first found an audience. Rock was kind of reinventing itself and we were right in the middle of it. Our sensibilities aligned with punk, we had the same picture, that rock had become stale and overblown. We wanted to play three-chord songs. God, I had fun on that tour. Im forever grateful, because it was off our success in England that we got a buzz going back home. Related Articles Tom Petty to headline Isle of Wight 06 Dec 2011 Tom Petty offers £48,000 reward for stolen guitars 16 Apr 2012 Over the ensuing 36 years, the Heartbreakers have established themselves as one of the all-time great American rock bands, driving Pettys smart, understated songs with sleek energy and consummate musicianship. Songs like American Girl, Need to Know, Refugee, Dont Come Around Here no More, Free Fallin and Wont Back Down have become part of the classic rock canon and though hit singles may have dried up in the 21st century, they still make fantastic music and remain one of the USs most enduringly popular live attractions. Much in demand by other musicians, Petty has performed with a host of legendary figures from Bob Dylan to Johnny Cash, and could be spotted alongside Bruce Springsteen at this years Grammy Awards ceremony, gleefully firing off lead solos as part of Paul McCartneys all-star ensemble. What shines through everything Petty does is a fans enthusiasm and reverence. Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. Theres not some trick involved with it. Its pure and its real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things. Its been so good to me that I want to be good to it. I want to make music thats worth making. When Petty was 10 years old, he met Elvis Presley on a film set in Florida where his uncle was working. I remember it really clearly. Elvis came in a line of white Cadillacs, like a reverse funeral, and each guy that got out was wearing a kind of mohair suit with a pompadour, and I thought each one was Elvis. And then suddenly he steps out and you go, Oh, I see! Theres quite a difference. He just looked radiant, like nothing Id ever seen in my life, and he came walking right up to where we were, and I was just stunned. The place was an insane scene of hundreds of people mobbing the set, and pushing against this chain-link fence, and girls screaming, and he seemed not to think much about it. He walked over, and I dont remember what he said but he gave us a smile. And that was all it took for me. Music soon became Pettys obsession. I lived in a sort of a troubled household, he says, and this was a really safe place for me. He gave his slingshot to a kid from the same Gainesville, Florida, neighbourhood in exchange for a box of records. It was pure gold, all the Elvis 45s, the Reprise singles, Little Richard on Specialty, a really nice chunk of the Fifties. I lived with those records, they were my friends. But it was the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 that awakened the notion that he might actually be able to play music. It was like the whole world changed overnight. When I saw them, it hit me, Oh, this can be done. It looks like these guys are really good friends, and theyre young, theyre a self-contained unit, they dont need orchestras or movies, they look like regular guys. And that wasnt just me. You talk to any American musician my age, that was the night that made up their mind. In 1988, Petty found himself collaborating with George Harrison in the Traveling Wilburys, a band with a line-up that sounds like some kind of fans wildest wish list, including Dylan, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne of ELO. I couldnt have dreamed that one up. It was so crazy. George was so good in the studio, he really knew how to make a record. It was kind of like a production line. George has some chords, lets play those and find a melody. We need some words, quick, grab a title, call out a lyric, and everyone would go, No!, and then youd find a line you like, and everyone would go Yeah, thats not bad, lets get that down. What I really loved was the power of the vocals. When we sang harmonies it was just chilling. And I just liked the way those guys carried themselves. They were the real thing and didnt give a damn about anything but music. Some really good friendships were made there, it wasnt all in the sessions, it might move to my house and wed be up until late just singing and playing. They liked to drink beer. I wish we had played live. George would talk about it all of the time. But the next day the spirit would have worn off. It became too real. I think if George had lived we would have played some shows. Petty becomes a little moist-eyed talking about Harrison. You get into your late fifties, people start falling like flies all around you. I dont take life for granted any more. Im really glad to be here. When you get older, your health becomes important to you, things start breaking down, youve always got a different ache or pain. But in a lot of ways, I dont feel that different, especially playing music. Stage age, they call it. Something does lift, a great rush of adrenalin comes in and you may as well be 20. You feel the same. What you dont wanna do is make an ass of yourself. Theres certain things that dont become an older man. Like many older rock musicians, Petty frets about the direction of popular music. In my day there was a sense of honour involved, you didnt want to be a sort of sold-out, cashed-in character. I think thats disappearing a little bit. Theres a holiness to the thing, for me. I would never put my songs in a commercial. You see rock guys coming on and selling aspirin on television, and I think: Youre not for real man, theres something unplugged here. You are not giving your audience the truth. Its what rock-and-roll is: truth and freedom and something you can count on that isnt going to lie to you. At 61, Petty says his approach to music remains the same as it has always been. I dont write as many love songs as I used to, so my wife tells me. Im just trying to make good rock-and-roll records, its not really much more than that. Were a bad ass little guitar band, really powerful, and thats all I ever wanted. I had no idea it would go on for this long. But if I dont do it, I think Id probably get sick or something. Its clear and evident to me that this is my part in the scheme of things and so I do it, and hopefully I can still do it well. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are performing at the Royal Albert Hall, London SW7, on Mon and Wed, before headlining the Isle of Wight festival on Friday (tompetty.com/tour) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandpopfeatures/9334051/Tom-Petty-a-rock-star-for-the-ages.html

SLQ: Tom Petty: A rock star for the agesPublished: Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012, 18:31 IST By Neil McCormick | Place: London | Agency: Daily Telegraph Tom Petty sits in the cool quiet of a recording studio at his Malibu beach front house, hunched over a black coffee and drawing on the first in a long chain of cigarettes. His skin has the ashen pall of a serious smoker, his greying beard, long, thin blond hair and faded T-shirt and sneakers lending him a scraggly appearance at odds with the luxuriousness of the setting. On the other side of the French windows, there is sunshine, palm trees and the endless blue of the ocean, a vista that resonates with old-fashioned notions of rock-and-roll dreams fulfilled. "My cousin came over and she said, 'Did you ever think you'd have a house like this?'?" recalls Petty. "I said, 'I didn't know anyone had a house like this'." He laughs lightly to himself. "I didn't get into music for those reasons. I saw this as taking the road that wouldn't be profitable. If it hadn't worked out, I'm sure I'd still be playing at weekends, holding down a regular job. "A reliable car, a place to live and a job playing music, that was my goal, it was my entire dream. The rest of it just came in increments. Things started to move really fast and didn't seem to stop for the longest time. Suddenly, you look around, and all this great stuff has happened. I was just trying to get to the next gig, or the next record. It's kind of still the same." He laughs again, with gentle incredulity. "All in all, I'm as happy as a 61-year-old rock star can be." Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers arrived in the UK this week for their first British gigs in 13 years. "I'm excited," he says, before recalling his first gig in Britain back in 1976, opening for Nils Lofgren. "The audience just jumped up and charged the stage and were boogieing their brains out. It was such a rush. Wow, we had never seen anything like that, man." Petty had been on the fringes of the United States rock scene for a long time but it was in the UK that his lean, classic American song writing first found an audience. "Rock was kind of reinventing itself and we were right in the middle of it. Our sensibilities aligned with punk, we had the same picture, that rock had become stale and overblown. We wanted to play three-chord songs. God, I had fun on that tour. I'm forever grateful, because it was off our success in England that we got a buzz going back home." Over the ensuing 36 years, the Heartbreakers have established themselves as one of the all-time great American rock bands, driving Petty's smart, understated songs with sleek energy and consummate musicianship. Songs like American Girl, Need to Know, Refugee, Don't Come Around Here no More, Free Fallin' and Won't Back Down have become part of the classic rock canon and though hit singles may have dried up in the 21st century, they still make fantastic music and remain one of the US's most enduringly popular live attractions. Much in demand by other musicians, Petty has performed with a host of legendary figures from Bob Dylan to Johnny Cash, and could be spotted alongside Bruce Springsteen at this year's Grammy Awards ceremony, gleefully firing off lead solos as part of Paul McCartney's all-star ensemble. What shines through everything Petty does is a fan's enthusiasm and reverence. "Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There's not some trick involved with it. It's pure and it's real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things. It's been so good to me that I want to be good to it. I want to make music that's worth making." When Petty was 10 years old, he met Elvis Presley on a film set in Florida where his uncle was working. "I remember it really clearly. Elvis came in a line of white Cadillacs, like a reverse funeral, and each guy that got out was wearing a kind of mohair suit with a pompadour, and I thought each one was Elvis. And then suddenly he steps out and you go, 'Oh, I see!' There's quite a difference. He just looked radiant, like nothing I'd ever seen in my life, and he came walking right up to where we were, and I was just stunned. The place was an insane scene of hundreds of people mobbing the set, and pushing against this chain-link fence, and girls screaming, and he seemed not to think much about it. He walked over, and I don't remember what he said but he gave us a smile. And that was all it took for me." Music soon became Petty's obsession. "I lived in a sort of a troubled household," he says, "and this was a really safe place for me." He gave his slingshot to a kid from the same Gainesville, Florida, neighbourhood in exchange for a box of records. "It was pure gold, all the Elvis 45s, the Reprise singles, Little Richard on Specialty, a really nice chunk of the Fifties. I lived with those records, they were my friends." But it was the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 that awakened the notion that he might actually be able to play music. "It was like the whole world changed overnight. When I saw them, it hit me, 'Oh, this can be done. It looks like these guys are really good friends, and they're young, they're a self-contained unit, they don't need orchestras or movies, they look like regular guys. And that wasn't just me. You talk to any American musician my age, that was the night that made up their mind." n 1988, Petty found himself collaborating with George Harrison in the Traveling Wilburys, a band with a line-up that sounds like some kind of fan's wildest wish list, including Dylan, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne of ELO. "I couldn't have dreamed that one up. It was so crazy. George was so good in the studio, he really knew how to make a record. It was kind of like a production line. George has some chords, let's play those and find a melody. We need some words, quick, grab a title, call out a lyric, and everyone would go, 'No!', and then you'd find a line you like, and everyone would go 'Yeah, that's not bad, let's get that down'. What I really loved was the power of the vocals. When we sang harmonies it was just chilling. And I just liked the way those guys carried themselves. They were the real thing and didn't give a damn about anything but music. "Some really good friendships were made there, it wasn't all in the sessions, it might move to my house and we'd be up until late just singing and playing. They liked to drink beer. I wish we had played live. George would talk about it all of the time. But the next day the spirit would have worn off. It became too real. I think if George had lived we would have played some shows." Petty becomes a little moist-eyed talking about Harrison. "You get into your late fifties, people start falling like flies all around you. I don't take life for granted any more. I'm really glad to be here. When you get older, your health becomes important to you, things start breaking down, you've always got a different ache or pain. But in a lot of ways, I don't feel that different, especially playing music. Stage age, they call it. Something does lift, a great rush of adrenalin comes in and you may as well be 20. You feel the same. What you don't wanna do is make an ass of yourself. There's certain things that don't become an older man." Like many older rock musicians, Petty frets about the direction of popular music. "In my day there was a sense of honour involved, you didn't want to be a sort of sold-out, cashed-in character. I think that's disappearing a little bit. There's a holiness to the thing, for me. I would never put my songs in a commercial. You see rock guys coming on and selling aspirin on television, and I think: 'You're not for real man, there's something unplugged here. You are not giving your audience the truth'. It's what rock-and-roll is: truth and freedom and something you can count on that isn't going to lie to you." At 61, Petty says his approach to music remains the same as it has always been. "I don't write as many love songs as I used to, so my wife tells me. I'm just trying to make good rock-and-roll records, it's not really much more than that. We're a bad ass little guitar band, really powerful, and that's all I ever wanted. I had no idea it would go on for this long. But if I don't do it, I think I'd probably get sick or something. "It's clear and evident to me that this is my part in the scheme of things and so I do it, and hopefully I can still do it well." Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are performing at the Royal Albert Hall, London SW7, on Monday (last night) and Wednesday, before headlining the Isle of Wight festival on Friday

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Voldar: Eddie Vedder Performs The Waiting and American Girl With Tom Petty in Amsterdam While in the midst of their summer European tour, Pearl Jam crossed paths with classic rockers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in Amsterdam on Sunday (June 24). Vocalist Eddie Vedder stepped onstage during Pettys show at the Heineken Music Hall, lending his pipes to the band on The Waiting and American Girl check out the video below. Tom Petty is no stranger to bands that emerged from the Seattles grunge scene in the early 90′s. The man even offered Dave Grohl a full-time gig as the Heartbreakers drummer following the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, a job Grohl ultimately turned down to start a little band called Foo Fighters. Petty has also forged a friendship with Pearl Jam over the years guitarist Mike McCready can sometimes be heard playing a 12-string Rickenbacker given to him by Tom years ago. Eddie Vedder often covers Pettys I Wont Back Down during his solo sets, and has joined the band on a handful of previous occasions. The most recent guest appearance from Vedder might have been cooked up at the Isle of Wight Festival, where both PJ and Petty headlined consecutive nights. The next stop for both acts was Amsterdam, where Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were set to perform on June 24 and Pearl Jam has a two-night stand at the Ziggo Dome on the books for June 26 and 27. Anyone who was privy to that info was probably not surprised when Vedder walked out to lend his voice on Pettys The Waiting, but they were no doubt delighted by the rousing take on the classic track. While Eddie handled a majority of the vocals on their first song of the night Petty added backup vocals on the hook and sang the songs bridge the same was not the case when he reappeared to split vocal duties on the set closing tune, American Girl. Vedders second verse added vitality to the 1976 track and totally redeemed his drunken rendition of the song from the infamous Birdman Sessions bootleg. Pearl Jams European tour runs through the end of July, giving them a month and a half of rest before a handful of festival performances in the States. The band is also working on their tenth studio album, which bassist Jeff Ament recently said they planned to finish in October and release the disc by summer 2013 at the latest. http://loudwire.com/eddie-vedder-performs-the-waiting-and-american-girl-with-tom-petty-in-amsterdam/

Voldar: . We Love Our Fans In Cork, Ireland The audience at the show in Cork, Ireland on June 8 was one of the most boisterous of the tour. Check out this video shot pre-show as the fans were arriving for the gig. http://www.tompetty.com/news/title/we-love-our-fans-in-cork-ireland

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SLQ: Tom Petty: A rock star for the ages Published: Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012, 18:31 IST By Neil McCormick | Place: London | Agency: Daily Telegraph Tom Petty sits in the cool quiet of a recording studio at his Malibu beach front house, hunched over a black coffee and drawing on the first in a long chain of cigarettes. His skin has the ashen pall of a serious smoker, his greying beard, long, thin blond hair and faded T-shirt and sneakers lending him a scraggly appearance at odds with the luxuriousness of the setting. On the other side of the French windows, there is sunshine, palm trees and the endless blue of the ocean, a vista that resonates with old-fashioned notions of rock-and-roll dreams fulfilled. "My cousin came over and she said, 'Did you ever think you'd have a house like this?'?" recalls Petty. "I said, 'I didn't know anyone had a house like this'." He laughs lightly to himself. "I didn't get into music for those reasons. I saw this as taking the road that wouldn't be profitable. If it hadn't worked out, I'm sure I'd still be playing at weekends, holding down a regular job. "A reliable car, a place to live and a job playing music, that was my goal, it was my entire dream. The rest of it just came in increments. Things started to move really fast and didn't seem to stop for the longest time. Suddenly, you look around, and all this great stuff has happened. I was just trying to get to the next gig, or the next record. It's kind of still the same." He laughs again, with gentle incredulity. "All in all, I'm as happy as a 61-year-old rock star can be." Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers arrived in the UK this week for their first British gigs in 13 years. "I'm excited," he says, before recalling his first gig in Britain back in 1976, opening for Nils Lofgren. "The audience just jumped up and charged the stage and were boogieing their brains out. It was such a rush. Wow, we had never seen anything like that, man." Petty had been on the fringes of the United States rock scene for a long time but it was in the UK that his lean, classic American song writing first found an audience. "Rock was kind of reinventing itself and we were right in the middle of it. Our sensibilities aligned with punk, we had the same picture, that rock had become stale and overblown. We wanted to play three-chord songs. God, I had fun on that tour. I'm forever grateful, because it was off our success in England that we got a buzz going back home." Over the ensuing 36 years, the Heartbreakers have established themselves as one of the all-time great American rock bands, driving Petty's smart, understated songs with sleek energy and consummate musicianship. Songs like American Girl, Need to Know, Refugee, Don't Come Around Here no More, Free Fallin' and Won't Back Down have become part of the classic rock canon and though hit singles may have dried up in the 21st century, they still make fantastic music and remain one of the US's most enduringly popular live attractions. Much in demand by other musicians, Petty has performed with a host of legendary figures from Bob Dylan to Johnny Cash, and could be spotted alongside Bruce Springsteen at this year's Grammy Awards ceremony, gleefully firing off lead solos as part of Paul McCartney's all-star ensemble. What shines through everything Petty does is a fan's enthusiasm and reverence. "Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There's not some trick involved with it. It's pure and it's real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things. It's been so good to me that I want to be good to it. I want to make music that's worth making." When Petty was 10 years old, he met Elvis Presley on a film set in Florida where his uncle was working. "I remember it really clearly. Elvis came in a line of white Cadillacs, like a reverse funeral, and each guy that got out was wearing a kind of mohair suit with a pompadour, and I thought each one was Elvis. And then suddenly he steps out and you go, 'Oh, I see!' There's quite a difference. He just looked radiant, like nothing I'd ever seen in my life, and he came walking right up to where we were, and I was just stunned. The place was an insane scene of hundreds of people mobbing the set, and pushing against this chain-link fence, and girls screaming, and he seemed not to think much about it. He walked over, and I don't remember what he said but he gave us a smile. And that was all it took for me." Music soon became Petty's obsession. "I lived in a sort of a troubled household," he says, "and this was a really safe place for me." He gave his slingshot to a kid from the same Gainesville, Florida, neighbourhood in exchange for a box of records. "It was pure gold, all the Elvis 45s, the Reprise singles, Little Richard on Specialty, a really nice chunk of the Fifties. I lived with those records, they were my friends." But it was the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 that awakened the notion that he might actually be able to play music. "It was like the whole world changed overnight. When I saw them, it hit me, 'Oh, this can be done. It looks like these guys are really good friends, and they're young, they're a self-contained unit, they don't need orchestras or movies, they look like regular guys. And that wasn't just me. You talk to any American musician my age, that was the night that made up their mind." In 1988, Petty found himself collaborating with George Harrison in the Traveling Wilburys, a band with a line-up that sounds like some kind of fan's wildest wish list, including Dylan, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne of ELO. "I couldn't have dreamed that one up. It was so crazy. George was so good in the studio, he really knew how to make a record. It was kind of like a production line. George has some chords, let's play those and find a melody. We need some words, quick, grab a title, call out a lyric, and everyone would go, 'No!', and then you'd find a line you like, and everyone would go 'Yeah, that's not bad, let's get that down'. What I really loved was the power of the vocals. When we sang harmonies it was just chilling. And I just liked the way those guys carried themselves. They were the real thing and didn't give a damn about anything but music. "Some really good friendships were made there, it wasn't all in the sessions, it might move to my house and we'd be up until late just singing and playing. They liked to drink beer. I wish we had played live. George would talk about it all of the time. But the next day the spirit would have worn off. It became too real. I think if George had lived we would have played some shows." Petty becomes a little moist-eyed talking about Harrison. "You get into your late fifties, people start falling like flies all around you. I don't take life for granted any more. I'm really glad to be here. When you get older, your health becomes important to you, things start breaking down, you've always got a different ache or pain. But in a lot of ways, I don't feel that different, especially playing music. Stage age, they call it. Something does lift, a great rush of adrenalin comes in and you may as well be 20. You feel the same. What you don't wanna do is make an ass of yourself. There's certain things that don't become an older man." Like many older rock musicians, Petty frets about the direction of popular music. "In my day there was a sense of honour involved, you didn't want to be a sort of sold-out, cashed-in character. I think that's disappearing a little bit. There's a holiness to the thing, for me. I would never put my songs in a commercial. You see rock guys coming on and selling aspirin on television, and I think: 'You're not for real man, there's something unplugged here. You are not giving your audience the truth'. It's what rock-and-roll is: truth and freedom and something you can count on that isn't going to lie to you." At 61, Petty says his approach to music remains the same as it has always been. "I don't write as many love songs as I used to, so my wife tells me. I'm just trying to make good rock-and-roll records, it's not really much more than that. We're a bad ass little guitar band, really powerful, and that's all I ever wanted. I had no idea it would go on for this long. But if I don't do it, I think I'd probably get sick or something. "It's clear and evident to me that this is my part in the scheme of things and so I do it, and hopefully I can still do it well." Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are performing at the Royal Albert Hall, London SW7, on Monday (last night) and Wednesday, before headlining the Isle of Wight festival on Friday