An Encounter with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Posted by The G on May 28, 2013 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Benmont Tench and Geoffrey Dicker

Benmont Tench and Geoffrey Dicker

Prior to their final show of their sold out 5 night run at the Beacon Theatre in New York, I met Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers!  It’s amazing to me that after all these years, the guys were really nice.  Obviously Tom Petty was the most mobbed and he did his best to accommodate people, but due to the quickness of the moment, I took one of my worst selfies of all time.  Ack!

Mike Campbell and Geoffrey Dicker

Mike Campbell and Geoffrey Dicker

Thanks a million to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for signing my CDs and for these photos!  I absolutely LOVED their concert, which was my first time seeing them!

Ron Blair of The Heartbreakers and Geoffrey Dicker

Ron Blair of The Heartbreakers and Geoffrey Dicker

As promised, my pretty horrible photo with Tom Petty… but he looks great, so that is all that matters, right?

Tom Petty and part of Geoffrey Dicker

Tom Petty and part of Geoffrey Dicker

Thanks again for a night I will never forget!!!

Review: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Final Night at Beacon Theatre

Posted by The G on May 27, 2013 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Tom Petty

Tom Petty

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers closed out their sold out 5 night run at New York’s Beacon Theatre on May 26, 2013.  Surprisingly with the amount of concerts I go to, this was my first time seeing Tom Petty perform!  Needless to say, it was an amazing night on so many levels.  Tom Petty is a great show man and just to be in his presence for 2 hours while he sang to us was a thrill.  Because this run of shows was played at the relatively intimate Beacon Theatre in comparison to the arenas Petty typically plays when he comes to town, they changed the set list dramatically every night and performed some deep album cuts, a b-side and played some covers of songs that the band all loves.

Tom Petty

Tom Petty

Tom Petty told the crowd how much he enjoyed these gigs and he said that we definitely picked the best night to come (sorry nights 1-4)!  One of the highlights of the show for me was a b-side called “Girl On LSD.”  Petty introduced the song saying that he was bored in the studio one night and came up with the song and never thought it would ever be released.  It was issued as a b-side and he said that he’s been getting requests ever since to play it.  The lyrics were pretty funny and dealt with all these girls that he dated that were addicted to drugs.  I also really enjoyed a killer guitar solo on the end of “It’s Good to be King,” from “Wildflowers.”

Mike Campbell and Tom Petty

Mike Campbell and Tom Petty

Typically when I see a legend for the first time in concert, I want to hear the hits, and while Petty did “American Girl,” “Rebels,” “Running Down a Dream,” and “Refugee,” the deep cuts were definitely for die-hards (and it was a great experience to see the Beacon singing along to every word no matter how obscure).  Because Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are such great performers, I never found myself missing the hits. In fact, before I knew it, the band was off stage before the encore!

Tom Petty

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

The covers performed were The Byrds’ “So You Wanna Be A Rock and Roll Star,” “13 Days” by JJ Cale, “Born In Chicago” by Nick Gravenites, “Willin'” by Little Feat and “Tweeter and the Monkey Man” by Petty’s former super group Traveling Wilburys.

Tom Petty

Tom Petty

The band was tight musically and Tom Petty’s signature voice sounds as great live as it does on wax.  Tom Petty is set to do 5 intimate nights in Los Angeles very soon and if you were wise, you’d make sure to be at one of those shows.

Thank you and good night!

Thank you and good night!

Thanks again Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for reminding New York what rock and roll is all about!  See the setlist after the jump.

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