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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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Des Moines Photos and Recap

on June 12, 2017

Wells Fargo Arena

Des Moines, IA

June 5, 2017

 

“This is so great!”

 

Hattie Webb scanned the poster in her hands as a smile grew across her glowing face. In celebration of her birthday, the entire band and road crew signed a tour poster to Hattie, which she got upon arriving in Des Moines on Monday night.

 

The tour hasn’t yet reached the end of the second leg, and the Webb sisters have already ingrained themselves in the Heartbreaker family.

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St. Paul Photos and Recap

on June 7, 2017

Xcel Energy Center

St. Paul, MN

June 3, 2017

 

“Oh my, Ron…you are VERY handsome in person.”

 

Ron Blair blushed as the entire room backstage at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN exploded in laughter around the smiling Heartbreakers bass player and Laury Myhre, a long-time Heartbreakers fan with terminal cancer who met the band before they went onstage. Laury told the guys how much she loved their music and how much meeting them meant to her. One of her friends handed Benmont an old publicity photo of a band Laury used to play in, and everyone gathered around her to check it out.

 

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Kansas City Photos and Recap

on June 6, 2017

Sprint Center

Kansas City, MO

June 2, 2017

 

You never know when the show of the tour will happen, but Friday night in Kansas City ranks right up there with the best of the 40th Anniversary tour so far.

 

Maybe it was the two days off after Red Rocks, or maybe it was the fact that the guys like playing at the Sprint Center, but Tom and the band were ON from note one. “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” was loud, with Tom winding his guitar solo out on his Gibson SG extra long.

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