On their last night in Canada until the Toronto show in August, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played Winnipeg, unleashing two hours of non-stop rock 'n roll that left the MTS Centre crowd screaming for more.
Joe Cocker and his eight-piece band " keyboardist Nick Milo, drummer Jack Bruno, guitarist Gene Black, organist Mike Finnigan, bassist Oneida James-Rebeccu, saxophonist Norberto Fimpel and singers Nichelle Tillman and Vivian Sessoms " capped their 10-show run opening for the Heartbreakers with perhaps their most inspiring show of the tour. From opener "Hitchcock Railway" to the set-closing "Cry Me A River," Cocker and company were on fire and set Winnipeg ablaze with their combustible combination of soul, rock and funky R&B. Thanks to Joe, his band and crew for a memorable few weeks of music.
Tom Petty kicked off the Heartbreakers' set with "Listen to Her Heart," singing "She's gonna listen to her heart, it's gonna tell her what to do. She might need a lot of lovin', but she don't need you' with the same sense of snide urgency found on 1978's You're Gonna Get It!. "Don't Come Around Here No More" served as a appropriate bookend to the set, another classic kiss-off song penned by the Gainesville, FL native.
Check back soon for a report from St. Paul with photos of fans and the band as well as a video message from Joe Cocker!