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West Palm Beach, FL
September 20, 2014
Florida shows are always special affairs on a Heartbreaker tour.
Despite the simple fact that Tom and the guys have lived in California longer than they lived here, they will always be favorite sons of the Sunshine State, and Thursday’s show at Cruzan Amphitheater – the first of two Florida dates on the Hypnotic Eye tour – served as a big welcome back hug.
The adulation from the crowd commenced just as the house lights dropped and before the first notes of “So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n Roll Star” were even played and
“Take as long as you want with it, really. We’ll just hang back. Whenever you’re ready to sing, just step up to the mike.”
Tom nodded at Steve Winwood as Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench started the melody to “Can’t Find My Way Home,” the Blind Faith classic penned by Winwood. Talk of onstage collaboration has been percolating all tour, but the rubber finally hit the road in the City of Brotherly Love. Rehearsals went well, and just after “U Get Me High,” Tom brought out their legendary tourmate.
“Every so often, we get the chance to play with one of our heroes,” he said.