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Indianapolis, IN 07/10


Jul 10 2010
Indianapolis, IN
Verizon Wireless Music Center

Hundreds of pictures of the artists who have graced the stage of Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, IN line the backstage wall, serving as a constant reminder of the incredible history of the amphitheatre known best by its former name, Deer Creek. Perhaps the most infamous night here was in July 1995 when thousands of fans crashed the gates to get into a Grateful Dead concert, birthing the ubiquitous "Gatecrashers Suck" stickers.

No one crashed the gates on Saturday, though the 24,000-capacity amphitheatre was stretched to its absolute limit for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' triumphant return to the Hoosier State for first show of the second leg of the Mojo Summer 2010 tour. Though rain welcomed the band for their last two appearances here, the stormy weather held off and fans were treated to a gorgeous summer day for tailgating before the Drive-By Truckers took the stage as the sun dipped below the horizon. The Truckers welcomed David Hood, an original Muscle Shoals Swamper and father to lead singer Patterson Hood, to sit in for the Staples Singers' "Respect Yourself," a song the elder Hood played bass on for the original recording. Mike Campbell of the Heartbreakers could be seen standing sidestage watching with a wide grin.

From the opening notes of "Listen to Her Heart," it was clear Indiana was ready for Tom and The Heartbreakers. Mike Campbell's piercing guitar riff led a defiant "I Won't Back Down," but the highlight was "Mary Jane's Last Dance," with the massive crowd rising up to meet Tom's vocals as he sang, "She grew up in an Indiana town/Had a good-lookin' mama who never was around/But she grew up tall and she grew up right/With them Indiana boys on them Indiana nights." Doesn't get much better than that. The second leg of the tour is off to a fantastic start. We'll see you in Kansas City on Tuesday!

Verizon Wireless Music Center
Tour Tracks: 
Jefferson Jericho Blues
First Flash Of Freedom
Running Man's Bible
I Should Have Known It
Good Enough
Mystic Eyes
American Girl
Oh Well
Listen to Her Heart
Don't Come Around Here No More
Free Fallin'
I Won't Back Down
Mary Jane's Last Dance
Runnin' Down A Dream
Learning To Fly
Drivin' Down To Georgia


majszak's picture

Myself and my daughter will be at this show, and I know its a longshot, but can't hurt to try, her favorite song is Swingin' She would shit bricks if you guys played, and it will also be her 28th birthday that day. Thanks!
todddre6479's picture

Driving all the way down from Michigan. About a 4 hour drive. I am pretty much in love with the new album. I think it is awesome how Tom has slowed it down a bit and has a different but recognizable sound to this album. Would love to hear Pirate's Cove and Something Good Coming from Mojo! Please!!
celiajean's picture

Indy will be my first show, of three, this summer...woop! could really use some traveling wilbury's lovin for at least one of them :) please? my sister and I will be heading back to our home state to go to this show with our mom who took us to our first TPHB show many years ago. can't wait!!!
re1362's picture

I am a season ticket holder at the VWMC and a huge Petty fan. What a disappointed it was to learn today that my excellent, high priced season tickets on the 5th row in the middle section were taken by the tour for resale and I am relocated to a side section much further back. It doesn't seem right or fair.