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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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Posted by admin On July - 2 - 2008

-A.S. It takes a monster act like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to really get a grasp for how huge of a building the United Center is. Just after Petty’s second song, “Listen to her Heart,” he told the crowd that he could hear the whole place singing. The magnitude of that sound was unbelievable.
Petty was clearly enjoying hearing the whole crowd singing his hits to him. He often stood with his arms open wide as to take it all in. The first half of the set was rounded out with mega-hits like “Free Falling” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.” After a Traveling Wilburys tune, it was time to take it up a notch. Petty introduced his band, and then said he was honored to be able to welcome Steve Winwood to the stage.Winwood manned the guitar and led Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers through a beautiful and awe inspiring version of the Blind Faith classic “Can’t Find My Way Home.” As if that wasn’t enough, Winwood headed over to the organ and launched into the intro of “Gimme Some Lovin.'” It was great to hear Petty and the rest of the Heartbreakers on back up vocals singing the “gimme gimme some lovin'” part.It’s hard to follow something like that, yet Petty managed to get through it. With more hits than the mafia, Petty rocked out on “You Don’t Know How it Feels,” before starting an all crowd sing-along for “Learning to Fly.”

While the band headed off the stage before the encore, my dad and I discussed what he hadn’t played yet. As if on cue the band came back on stage and went right into the first song I had listed, “Running Down a Dream.” A great cover of “Gloria” followed with “American Girl” sending the crowd into the night on the perfect note to start the 4th of July weekend.

1 Response

  1. Matthew Said,

    Petty is consistently one of the best live acts! He continues to churn out new great tunes as well.

    Winwood, well he’s Winwood, and thats awesome.

    Sounds like a good show to be at

    Posted on July 3rd, 2008 at 9:20 am

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