Carved into the basalt cliffs and perched above the rolling Columbia River in George, Washington, The Gorge Amphitheatre is perhaps the most picturesque music venue in all of North America.
Perhaps inspired by their scenic surroundings, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers delivered an electrifying set that lived up to the stunning show setting. Night one at the Gorge featured the live debut of "Don't Pull Me Over," a reggae-inspired song off their new album, Mojo, which drew an appreciative, smoke-filled response from the audience. Dedicating it to all the lovers in the house, Tom faced off with guitarist Mike Campbell to kick-start "Free Fallin'," before dropping a stellar version of "Oh Well." Donning a fan's Mad Hatter top hat that was tossed onstage, Tom launched into "Don't Come Around Here No More" with a sly grin, a nod to the song's legendary music video.
Joe Cocker's set continues to provide the perfect preface to the Heartbreaker's headlining set. "Feelin' Alright" got the crowd on its feet early, but today's highlight was a fiery "Shelter Me," capped by Cocker's song-closing hop. "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window, another incredible Beatles" cover, slammed the door on Cocker's set.
Check back at TomPetty.com for photo galleries, show recaps and more from the tour as we return to Canada for shows in Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Saskatoon!