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Tampa Photos and Recap

on May 8, 2017

Amalie Arena

Tampa, FL

May 6, 2017


It’s no coincidence Saturday night’s show at Amalie Arena in Tampa was a special night on Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ 40th Anniversary tour.


Just 130 miles from Gainesville, Tampa is the tour’s closest stop to the band’s old stomping grounds in central Florida, meaning the backstage hallways, hospitality suites and catering would be full of family and friends visiting before the show. 


Saturday night’s show in Tampa was the 10th show of the tour, and so the band was well-oiled and raring to go at a venue they are very comfortable in, having played

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Austin Photos and Recap

on May 5, 2017

Frank Erwin Center

Austin, TX

May 2, 2017


“Hey, gunslinger!”

Tom Petty greeted Gary Clark Jr. with a smile and a hug in the hallway backstage at the Frank Erwin Center as the young Texas bluesman made his way to the stage to open the show.

The pair had met in February in Los Angeles when Gary and his band played a blistering cover of “Good Enough” at the MusiCares event honoring Tom as their Person of the Year. Nearly two months later, everyone in the Heartbreakers camp was still buzzing about the performance.

“Wanna come up and play it with us tonight?” Tom asked Gary as Mike Campbell and

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New Orleans JazzFest Photos & Recap

on May 3, 2017

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

New Orleans, LA

April 30, 2017


Torrential rains, high winds, tornadoes and flooding couldn’t stop Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers from their triumphant return to the 2017 edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, their second appearance at JazzFest in the band’s storied 40-year career.

“Swingin’,” off 1999’s Echo, made its tour debut in New Orleans, sandwiched in between killer takes on “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and “You Don’t Know How It Feels.”

“Well, we’re in New Orleans at the JazzFest,” Tom said after the band wound down “Free Fallin’,” “and

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Houston Photos and Recap

on May 1, 2017

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Woodlands, TX

April 29, 2017


The old saying goes that everything’s bigger in Texas, and looking out over the sold-out crowd of 16,000-plus cheering fans at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, you’d have to say they’re right.

Amped up by the biggest crowd yet of the 40th Anniversary tour, Tom and the band charged into “Rockin’ Around With You” to open the show and didn’t step off the gas all night. “Forgotten Man” was an early highlight, and “Crawling Back to You” made its debut on this tour, joining “Wildflowers” and “It’s Good to Be King” for a mini

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Atlanta Photos and Recap

on April 29, 2017
The 40th Anniversary Tour is in full swing five shows into the first leg, and Tom and the guys are really hitting their stride. So are English duo Charley and Hattie Webb, aka The Webb Sisters, who have joined this tour on background vocals.
They sound wonderful backing up the guys on “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” and “Runnin’ Down A Dream,” but nowhere are they more prominently felt than on “Free Fallin’,” where Charley & Hattie’s gorgeous background vocals during the choruses floating dreamily behind Tom’s lead. It’s a magical moment in the show.