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  • November 01, 2010
    Petty Fest Recap
    Billed as tribute to Tom on his 60th birthday, Petty Fest 2010 lived up to expectations on all fronts as more than 25 musicians, actors, and artists gathered October 28 at a sold-out Bowery Ballroom for a whiskey-fueled, three-hour tour through Heartbreaker hits and deeper cuts as well as songs from Tom’s solo albums.

    Though the birthday boy himself was not in attendance, there was plenty of star power in the house, brought together by Rolling Stone editor Austin Scaggs, who played bass in house band, The Cabin Below Band, and handled emcee duties for the evening.

    Kicking things off with the appropriate "Cabin Down Below" and frequent Heartbreakers opener "Listen to Her Heart," Scaggs and company began the parade of guests by welcoming Five O’Clock Heroes’ Antony Ellis for a solid take on "Don’t Do Me Like That." "The Waiting" off 1981’s Hard Promises requires a singer who can hit the high notes, and Jack Dishel of Only Son and The Moldy Peaches nailed it perfectly, leading the crowd in the first sing-a-long of the night. Fountain of Wayne’s Jody Porter delivered a stellar "Love is a Long Road" before ceding the spotlight to Tyson Ritter from All American Rejects for a double shot of "Breakdown" and "Yer So Bad." Steve Schiltz of Hurricane Bells and Longwave lent his explosive guitar playing to several songs throughout the night, but it was his turn on the mike for "Honey Bee" – aided by some bluesy harmonica from rock shutterbug Danny Clinch – that proved to be the night’s first musical peak.

    The Mooney Suzuki’s Sammy James Jr. was up next, lending his vocals and guitar to "Here Comes My Girl" and "Jammin’ Me." Surprise guest Har Mar Superstar managed to keep his clothes on for a rocking "Refugee" before Nikolai Fraiture, bassist for The Strokes, led a rockin’ version of "I Won’t Back Down" with Nicole Atkins on backing vocals and Heartbreakers publicist Jim Merlis on bass. Jesse Malin’s punk-to-the-bone attitude brought some grit to "American Girl" and "I Need to Know," which juxtaposed nicely with "Mary Jane’s Last Dance," sung by the alluring Catherine Pierce. Saturday Night Live’s Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis brought some levity to the festivities with hilarious readings of "Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around" and "Even the Losers."

    One of the real highlights of the night was Evan Dando’s low-key acoustic reading of "Face in the Crowd," which seemed perfectly fit for the subdued former Lemonheads frontman. Norah Jones, perhaps the night’s most highly anticipated guest, appeared next, singing backup vocals to former Moldy Peaches frontman Adam Green on "It’s Good to Be King" and "Walls." Jones rode shotgun to Scaggs’ lead vocals on "You Wreck Me" before taking center stage on a brilliant "Time to Move On" and a bouncy "You Don’t Know How It Feels."

    Though listed on the bill, the biggest surprise of the night might have been Reeve Carney, the lead in the newly minted Spiderman musical that opens on Broadway next month. Joined by his brother Zane on guitar, Reeve dropped a killer "Into the Great Wide Open" before the backstage dressing rooms were emptied for sing-a-longs on the Traveling Wilbury’s "Handle with Care" (featuring Nicole Atkins singing the Roy Orbison part), hippie-anthem "Something in the Air" and a show-closing "Free Fallin’."

    THE CABIN DOWN BELOW BAND IS:

    Guitars:
    Alex Levy
    Josh Lattanzi
    Reno Bo

    Bass:
    Austin Scaggs

    Drums:
    Matt Romano

    Keys:
    Dave Sherman

    SET LIST:

    Cabin Down Below – featuring Alex Levy of the Cabin Down Below Band

    Listen to Her Heart – featuring Reno Bo of the Cabin Down Below Band

    Don't Do Me Like That – featuring Antony Ellis (Five O’Clock Heroes)

    The Waiting – featuring Jack Dishel (Only Son, The Moldy Peaches)

    Love is a Long Road – featuring Jody Porter (Fountains of Wayne)

    Breakdown – featuring Tyson Ritter (All American Rejects)

    Yer So Bad – featuring Tyson Ritter (All American Rejects)

    Honey Bee – featuring Steve Schiltz (Hurricane Bells, Longwave) & Danny Clinch

    Here Comes My Girl – featuring Sammy James Jr. (The Mooney Suzuki)

    Jammin' Me – featuring Sammy James Jr. (The Mooney Suzuki)

    Refugee – featuring Har Mar Superstar

    I Won't Back Down – featuring Nikolai Fraiture (The Strokes), Nicole Atkins & Heartbreakers publicist Jim Merlis

    American Girl – featuring Jesse Malin

    I Need to Know – featuring Jesse Malin

    Mary Jane's Last Dance – featuring Catherine Pierce (The Pierces)

    Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around – featuring Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis (SNL)

    Even the Losers – featuring Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis (SNL)

    A Face in the Crowd – featuring Evan Dando & Steve Schiltz (Hurricane Bells, Longwave)

    Don't Come Around Here No More – featuring Alex Levy of the Cabin Down Below Band with Norah Jones, Nicole Atkins & Catherine Pierce

    It's Good to Be King – featuring Adam Green (The Moldy Peaches) & Norah Jones

    Walls– featuring Adam Green (The Moldy Peaches) & Norah Jones

    You Wreck Me – featuring Norah Jones

    Time to Move On – featuring Norah Jones

    You Don't Know How It Feels – featuring Norah Jones & Danny Clinch

    Into the Great Wide Open – featuring Reeve & Zane Carney (U2’s Spiderman Musical)

    Runnin’ Down a Dream – featuring Josh Lattanzi of the Cabin Down Below Band

    ENCORE:

    Handle with Care – All

    Something in the Air – All

    Free Fallin' – All









    Jack Dishel (Only Son, The Moldy Peaches) nails "The Waiting."




    Steve Schiltz (Hurricane Bells, Longwave) shreds "Honey Bee."




    Austin Scaggs & Norah Jones duet on "You Wreck Me."




    SNL's Will Forte & Jason Sudeikis tag-team "Even the Losers."




    Catherine Pierce (The Pierces) sings "Mary Jane's Last Dance" as Austin Scaggs looks on.




    Jesse Malin rocks "I Need to Know."




    Nikolai Fraiture (The Strokes) hopped on stage with Nicole Atkins for "I Won't Back Down."




    Cabin Down Below Band drummer Matt Romano slams the door on "Jammin' Me"




    Sammy James Jr. (The Mooney Suzuki) leads the crowd on "Here Comes My Girl."




    Nicole Atkins takes Roy Orbison's part on the Traveling Wilbury's "Handle with Care."




    Fans sported their Petty shirts at the Bowery Ballroom
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on Mon, 2010-11-01 08:45
Billed as tribute to Tom on his 60th birthday, Petty Fest 2010 lived up to expectations on all fronts as more than 25 musicians, actors, and artists gathered October 28 at a sold-out Bowery Ballroom for a whiskey-fueled, three-hour tour through Heartbreaker hits and deeper cuts as well as songs from Tom’s solo albums.

Though the birthday boy himself was not in attendance, there was plenty of star power in the house, brought together by Rolling Stone editor Austin Scaggs, who played bass in house band, The Cabin Below Band, and handled emcee duties for the evening.

Kicking things off with the appropriate "Cabin Down Below" and frequent Heartbreakers opener "Listen to Her Heart," Scaggs and company began the parade of guests by welcoming Five O’Clock Heroes’ Antony Ellis for a solid take on "Don’t Do Me Like That." "The Waiting" off 1981’s Hard Promises requires a singer who can hit the high notes, and Jack Dishel of Only Son and The Moldy Peaches nailed it perfectly, leading the crowd in the first sing-a-long of the night. Fountain of Wayne’s Jody Porter delivered a stellar "Love is a Long Road" before ceding the spotlight to Tyson Ritter from All American Rejects for a double shot of "Breakdown" and "Yer So Bad." Steve Schiltz of Hurricane Bells and Longwave lent his explosive guitar playing to several songs throughout the night, but it was his turn on the mike for "Honey Bee" – aided by some bluesy harmonica from rock shutterbug Danny Clinch – that proved to be the night’s first musical peak.

The Mooney Suzuki’s Sammy James Jr. was up next, lending his vocals and guitar to "Here Comes My Girl" and "Jammin’ Me." Surprise guest Har Mar Superstar managed to keep his clothes on for a rocking "Refugee" before Nikolai Fraiture, bassist for The Strokes, led a rockin’ version of "I Won’t Back Down" with Nicole Atkins on backing vocals and Heartbreakers publicist Jim Merlis on bass. Jesse Malin’s punk-to-the-bone attitude brought some grit to "American Girl" and "I Need to Know," which juxtaposed nicely with "Mary Jane’s Last Dance," sung by the alluring Catherine Pierce. Saturday Night Live’s Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis brought some levity to the festivities with hilarious readings of "Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around" and "Even the Losers."

One of the real highlights of the night was Evan Dando’s low-key acoustic reading of "Face in the Crowd," which seemed perfectly fit for the subdued former Lemonheads frontman. Norah Jones, perhaps the night’s most highly anticipated guest, appeared next, singing backup vocals to former Moldy Peaches frontman Adam Green on "It’s Good to Be King" and "Walls." Jones rode shotgun to Scaggs’ lead vocals on "You Wreck Me" before taking center stage on a brilliant "Time to Move On" and a bouncy "You Don’t Know How It Feels."

Though listed on the bill, the biggest surprise of the night might have been Reeve Carney, the lead in the newly minted Spiderman musical that opens on Broadway next month. Joined by his brother Zane on guitar, Reeve dropped a killer "Into the Great Wide Open" before the backstage dressing rooms were emptied for sing-a-longs on the Traveling Wilbury’s "Handle with Care" (featuring Nicole Atkins singing the Roy Orbison part), hippie-anthem "Something in the Air" and a show-closing "Free Fallin’."

THE CABIN DOWN BELOW BAND IS:

Guitars:
Alex Levy
Josh Lattanzi
Reno Bo

Bass:
Austin Scaggs

Drums:
Matt Romano

Keys:
Dave Sherman

SET LIST:

Cabin Down Below – featuring Alex Levy of the Cabin Down Below Band

Listen to Her Heart – featuring Reno Bo of the Cabin Down Below Band

Don't Do Me Like That – featuring Antony Ellis (Five O’Clock Heroes)

The Waiting – featuring Jack Dishel (Only Son, The Moldy Peaches)

Love is a Long Road – featuring Jody Porter (Fountains of Wayne)

Breakdown – featuring Tyson Ritter (All American Rejects)

Yer So Bad – featuring Tyson Ritter (All American Rejects)

Honey Bee – featuring Steve Schiltz (Hurricane Bells, Longwave) & Danny Clinch

Here Comes My Girl – featuring Sammy James Jr. (The Mooney Suzuki)

Jammin' Me – featuring Sammy James Jr. (The Mooney Suzuki)

Refugee – featuring Har Mar Superstar

I Won't Back Down – featuring Nikolai Fraiture (The Strokes), Nicole Atkins & Heartbreakers publicist Jim Merlis

American Girl – featuring Jesse Malin

I Need to Know – featuring Jesse Malin

Mary Jane's Last Dance – featuring Catherine Pierce (The Pierces)

Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around – featuring Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis (SNL)

Even the Losers – featuring Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis (SNL)

A Face in the Crowd – featuring Evan Dando & Steve Schiltz (Hurricane Bells, Longwave)

Don't Come Around Here No More – featuring Alex Levy of the Cabin Down Below Band with Norah Jones, Nicole Atkins & Catherine Pierce

It's Good to Be King – featuring Adam Green (The Moldy Peaches) & Norah Jones

Walls– featuring Adam Green (The Moldy Peaches) & Norah Jones

You Wreck Me – featuring Norah Jones

Time to Move On – featuring Norah Jones

You Don't Know How It Feels – featuring Norah Jones & Danny Clinch

Into the Great Wide Open – featuring Reeve & Zane Carney (U2’s Spiderman Musical)

Runnin’ Down a Dream – featuring Josh Lattanzi of the Cabin Down Below Band

ENCORE:

Handle with Care – All

Something in the Air – All

Free Fallin' – All









Jack Dishel (Only Son, The Moldy Peaches) nails "The Waiting."




Steve Schiltz (Hurricane Bells, Longwave) shreds "Honey Bee."




Austin Scaggs & Norah Jones duet on "You Wreck Me."




SNL's Will Forte & Jason Sudeikis tag-team "Even the Losers."




Catherine Pierce (The Pierces) sings "Mary Jane's Last Dance" as Austin Scaggs looks on.




Jesse Malin rocks "I Need to Know."




Nikolai Fraiture (The Strokes) hopped on stage with Nicole Atkins for "I Won't Back Down."




Cabin Down Below Band drummer Matt Romano slams the door on "Jammin' Me"




Sammy James Jr. (The Mooney Suzuki) leads the crowd on "Here Comes My Girl."




Nicole Atkins takes Roy Orbison's part on the Traveling Wilbury's "Handle with Care."




Fans sported their Petty shirts at the Bowery Ballroom

Comments

rjsmile24's picture

I totally agree that I would have gotten my $150 worth if TPHB had played this set list during the most recent tour. TP, please see Bruce Springsteen set list or (as hermitts said) Bob Dylan's. 17 songs and a stale set list is UNFAIR to your most faithful fans. And the new ones who never got to see some of your truly great shows a la the Fillmore.
pcpettyhead's picture

You mean cuz Tom didn't show up I gotta go sell my collection? FAT FREAKIN' CHANCE!! Was he supposed to meet you there or somethin'? I wish I could have attended this party and have wanted to for years. Maybe someday. I bet the SNL guys were an absolute riot doing Stop Draggin' My Heart Around!
hermitts's picture

i love tom petty. and i love the last dj album. at the time he upheld that statement of not selling out and doin ur own thing. but now its like why do we pay 150 bucks for a ticket and know exactly what we're gonna hear and whats gonna be said in between songs. i have been looking at the dylan setlists and their awesome! different every night. TP needs to go on tour with bobby like he did back in the day. he needs to get his real MOJO back.
stevekimmerer's picture

you are a fool.
dabjab06's picture

It is a shame that everyone put forth a wonderful effort and Tom did not even show. Hmm after being a Heartbreaker fan for over 20 years, I think I am taking all my Petty stuff to FYE. It seems like money has become king to the himself and the band. Plus This is what the set list should have looked like for the Mojo Tour, not the same 17 songs. I am on my way this coming Wed to see Dylan in VA and it is my 4th trip for this fall tour, set list are totally different. Glad to see passion that Tom has instilled in some people but I think the whole band has lost their "Mojo and what they stood for"