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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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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

SLQ: Verizon Amphitheater in Alpharetta Georgia on April 29 2012 Perry Julien / www.julienphotography.com More http://www.flickr.com/photos/julienphotography/7126869805/in/set-72157629565444502/

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/