June 11, 2013
Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Connor Enright stood in the alley way behind the Fonda Theatre Tuesday night, displaying no signs of nervousness despite the fact that the 12-year-old Arizona resident was a few minutes from meeting a hero.
The young man and his father, Jason, had driven to Los Angeles from Phoenix to attend the final night of the Heartbreakers' six-show Fonda residency and present Tom with a guitar they built together.
Stepping onto the tour bus, Connor smiled widely as Tom appeared and welcomed him onboard. After a few pictures, the father and son proudly presented Tom their gift - a beautiful guitar based on the Fender Telecaster design with the Heartbreakers logo burned into the wood.
Tom strummed the guitar, asking questions about the build and clearly impressed with Connor and Jason's work. After signing a few autographs, Tom asked Connor how he started playing the guitar.
"I started because I wanted to learn how to play your songs," Connor said. "Now I play with some friends."
"Keep it up," Tom said, putting his hand on Connor's shoulder. "You can always play the guitar, even when nothing seems to be going right. That's what I'd do when I was your age."
And play they did Tuesday night, with a fire inspired possibly by the previous night's events and by the simple fact that this was the last night at the Fonda. After "Listen to Her Heart," Tom stepped to the mike and acknowledged to the audience that Saturday's visit by the fire marshall was the focus of much of his discussions since the incident occurred.
"I'm not here to point fingers or place any blame, but I do know one thing for sure: it wasn't my fault," he said as the crowd roared in response. "And I promise you we won't be shut down tonight. And one more thing: if anyone who attended Saturday's show wants a refund, I will be make sure it happens if it has to come out of my pocket."
"Fooled Again" burned and flickered, Tom's howls matched only by Mike Campbell's searing leads. "The Best of Everything" shined, the 1985 Southern Accents deep track turning into a full-blown sing-a-long by the last chorus. But it was "Time To Move On," off Wildflowers, that seemed to sum it up best as Tom and the band wrapped up this string of hometown shows and head out on the road to finish the 2013 summer tour.
"Time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It's time to move on, it's time to get going"
Deer Creek, we're coming! See you tonight and keep checking back for more!
Rock & Roll Star
Love Is A Long Road
Listen to Her Heart
Baby Please Don't Go
The Best of Everything
Woman In Love
I'd Like To Love You Baby
Tweeter And The Monkey Man
Time To Move On
Image of Me
I Should Have Known It
Running Down A Dream
You Wreck Me