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Hartford Photos and Recap

on June 17, 2017

Xfinity Theater

Hartford, CT   

June 14, 2017

 

During “You Don’t Know How It Feels” in Hartford, CT on Wednesday night, Tom was preparing to take a guitar solo after the final verse when Benmont Tench III launched into a beautiful solo on his Steinway concert grand piano on stage right.

 

The surprise may have caused a musical traffic jam onstage for most bands, but not with Tom and guys.  Looking up from his Stratocaster, Tom glanced across the stage at Benmont as he unwound his solo and simply pointed at his long-time bandmate and friend and smiled.

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Cincinnati Photos and Recap

on June 16, 2017

U.S. Bank Arena

Cincinnati, OH           

June 12, 2017

 

As many times as Tom and the band have played “Free Fallin’” since the release of Full Moon Fever back in 1989, the song always delivers.

 

Maybe it’s the beautiful simplicity with which it begins: Mike and Tom standing together in the spotlight at the center of an otherwise pitch-black stage, Rickenbacker guitars as their side.

 

Or maybe it’s the anthemic chorus, just five words that Tom sings twice over the top of soaring guitars, keys, bass and drums.

 

Or it could be the universality of the lyric.

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Cleveland Photos and Recap

on June 15, 2017

Quicken Loans Arena

Cleveland, OH

June 10, 2017

 

Megan Hinds’ eyes widened as she brought her hand up to cover her mouth, which was now hanging open.

 

The long-time Heartbreakers fan and her father Frank had won a contest through Tom Petty Radio on Sirius XM that granted the Hinds’ the opportunity to meet Tom and the band backstage before the show in Cleveland.

 

In her hands, Megan held a few photos and other items she and Frank brought with them to have the guys autograph, but all of those things were cast aside when the band walked in the dressing room, and Mike handed Megan his hat.

 

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Pittsburgh Photos and Recap

on June 14, 2017

PPG Paints Arena

Pittsburgh, PA

June 9, 2017

 

It’s midnight in Pittsburgh, about an hour after the show went down and just 24 hours after the Pittsburgh Penguins, the main tenant of PPG Paints Arena where Tom and the band played tonight, beat the Nashville Predators 6-0 at the arena to win Game 5 of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup.

 

Most everyone in the Heartbreakers camp is a sports fan, so televisions backstage in the dressing rooms, production or catering are always typically tuned to a game of some sort, whether it’s playoff hockey or basketball, auto racing or European soccer.

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Columbus Photos and Recap

on June 13, 2017

Schottenstein Center

Columbus, OH

June 7, 2017

 

Though it’d been more than a decade since their last visit to Columbus, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers were given a heroes’ welcome by the 15,000-plus screaming fans packed into the Schottenstein Center on the Ohio State University campus Wednesday night.

 

And while songs like “I Won’t Back Down,” “You Got Lucky,” and “Don’t Come Around Here No More” were big crowd favorites, one of the special moments of the night was when Tom strapped on his acoustic guitar, surrounded in total darkness onstage, save for a lone spotlight on his mic, and

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