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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: .. 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

SLQ: Something Good Coming - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1st Bank Center Denver, Colorado April 18, 2012.

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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