Originally founded as a vineyard in the 1980s, The Gorge Amphitheatre was opened in 1985 with a concert by Jesse Colin Young. Although the founders sold the venue in 1993, grape vines still dot the property today.
Saturday's set may be the show of the tour to date. More than 20,000 fans partied in the campgrounds and parking lots on a cloudless summer day before jamming to soulful set from Joe Cocker. The Heartbreakers followed Cocker's lead and delivered an exhilarating set that kicked off with "King's Highway" and culminated with an anthemic "Refugee," Mike Campbell's custom Rickenbacker ringing out over the Columbia River. The energy from the crowd fueled an absolutely electrifying version of Van Morrison's "Mystic Eyes" for the encore, drummer Steve Ferrone and bassist Ron Blair providing the pummeling beat as Scott Thurston oozed bluesy harmonica over the top.
With four shows in the next seven days, the Heartbreakers are turning things up a notch, so check back at TomPetty.com for more photos, show recaps and some new videos as we play shows in Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Saskatoon!