Saturday night was my second evening spent in July with Mr. Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers at the Wells Fargo Center. Petty, celebrating his 40th anniversary, hit Philly for a sold out show on July 1st and came back Saturday before a bit of a vaca in between legs of his tour. Not quite sold out this time, but the Wells Fargo was near capacity and ready to lend their voices throughout the night.
Checked out the opener Peter Wolf, who is the frontman of J Geils Band. To be honest, I knew one song, Lights Out. He doesn't do the J Geils hits, that probably would have had the crowd on their feet. Regardless, Wolf is high energy. Dancing from side to side on the stage. Talking to the crowd. Voice is still in good shape, as his he. Btw, he's 71. Yes, 71. I can't move around like that at 41.
Now for Petty. The Heartbreakers. The hits. Another amazing evening put on by Tom and Co. Well into their 60's, in my opinion the band has never sounded better. From live videos I've seen from the 70's and 80's to my first of 6 Petty shows that started in 2000, they have lost a step. The show was much the same, with one addition, the song "Walls" from the movie She's The One which happens to be one of my favorite movies of all time. Hit after hit after hit. Mary Jane's Last Dance. You Don't Know How It Feels. Into the Great Wide Open. Learning to Fly. Free Fallin. I Won't Back Down. Refugee. American Girl. All there. A couple from his last couple records, I Should Have Known and Forgotten Man fit in perfectly in the set. 40 years and still going strong. Thank you Tom Petty for a great night and an amazing catalog of music thru the years. Shout out to those Heartbreakers as well!