Mojo hit record stores worldwide on Tuesday, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers celebrated with an incendiary show of hits and new songs at Calgary's Saddledome.
Host to the annual Stampede every July, Calgary is located on the prairie at the foothills of the Canadian Rockies and is the largest city in Alberta Province. Built in 1983 in time to host events for the 1988 Winter Olympics, the Saddledome is home to the Calgary Flames and first hosted a concert in 1983 featuring the Moody Blues. Rod Stewart has played the Saddledome eleven times, the most of any performer in venue history.
Joe Cocker and his band got the night started with a bang with "Feelin' Alright," but the highlight of their set was a raucous "You Can Leave Your Hat On" that got the Saddledome crowd up on its feet and moving early.
Ten thousand strong flicked lighters and sang along as Tom and the guys pulled off a beautiful version of "Free Fallin'" at the outset of their two-hour-plus set. "I Won't Back Down" scorched, Tom sneering the classic chorus backed by a thundering drumbeat from Steve Ferrone. Tom introduced the band before Scott Thurston and Mike Campbell ripped into the opening of "Jefferson Jericho Blues," a new song off Mojo inspired in part by our nation's third president and his dalliances with Sally Hemmings. Highlights following the Mojo segment of the show included "Don't Come Around Here No More" and "Refugee." We're over two weeks into the tour now and looking forward to tonight's show in Edmonton!