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Dublin 06/07


Jun 07 2012
02 Arena

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers made their triumphant return to Europe Thursday night, rocking a sold-out show at Dublin's O2 Arena to one of the best crowds of the 2012 Summer Tour so far.

Fans packed the O2 early, braving stereotypical Irish weather - drizzling rain and blustery winds - for Jonathan Wilson, the North Carolina-born, California-based singer/songwriter who's opening the band's European shows.

The O2 was buzzing with anticipation following the end of Wilson's opening set, fans cramming up to the front rail in hopes of getting a glimpse of Tom and the band. The crew bounced around the stage, adjusting microphones here and tuning guitars there.

As the clock crept closer to 9 pm, the band began to gather in the hallway outside their dressing room, smiling and nodding to each other as they got ready to take the stage.

Tonight's moment was just before "Free Fallin', right after Tom introduced the band. As Mike Campbell walked to centerstage with his Rickenbacker strung around his neck, ready to launch into the song's iconic riff, Tom mentioned that he'd run into some Spanish fans that day as he walked around Dublin. Suddenly, a small group of fans - presumably the Spaniards he met earlier that day - on the back of floor started the "Ole, ole, ole, ole! Ole! Ole!" chant heard at European soccer games. Instantly, the entire arena picked up the chant, and the O2 was transformed into a soccer stadium.

"It was funny," Steve Ferrone, the band's resident Englishman, said after the show. "I'm not sure Tom and Mike knew what was going on, so I leaned down over my kit and yelled, 'It's a good thing! That means they like it!"

It was a special, special night, one not soon forgotten by the band, crew or the fans in attendance. After a tremendous "Mary Jane's Last Dance/American Girl" encore, Tom stepped to the mike and said, "Dublin, thank you so much for this special night. Let's not make it 20 years until the next time, ok?"

The Irish crowd roared in response, clapping and cheering as Tom and the guys waved goodnight and exited the stage. If these Heartbreaker fans have anything to say about, Tom and the band will be back very, very soon.

Listen to Her Heart
You Wreck Me
I Won't Back Down
Here Comes My Girl
Handle with Care
Good Enough
Oh Well
Something Big
King's Highway
Free Fallin'
It's Good To Be King
Something Good Coming
Learning to Fly
Yer So Bad
I Shoulda Known It
Runnin' Down A Dream

Mary Jane
American Girl

02 Arena
Tour Tracks: 
I Should Have Known It
Lover’s Touch
Something Good Coming
Good Enough
American Girl
Oh Well
Listen to Her Heart
I Won't Back Down
Mary Jane's Last Dance
Runnin' Down A Dream
Learning To Fly


f10yd's picture

Cant get presale to work on facebook, and no presale info on here! help im losing my mind! I NEED tickets!
billhone's picture

9.00 o' sign of tickets!
cearns's picture

been waiting a long time for this, fingers crossed i get my hands on tickets!
labhras's picture

Yes, the O2 used to be The Point and it is now a brilliant venue. Much, much better than the old one.
mikaelbodin's picture

Anyone who knows how to participate in the Facebook pre sale for the Dublin show?
blindwilliehighlight's picture

Dear Tom, Spanish Bob Dylan Tribute band The Highlights will finally have the chance to see you onstage. Me and my guitar fellor Smooth Fingers will be there. We've chosen the Dublin show since I'm becoming a father in July and don't want to mess too much with The Real Boss at home... So, see ya there! Can't wait!
garymason's picture

do you have to be a paid member to get pre sale tickets?
tristano's picture

Did they rename the Point to O2? I saw the stones at the Point in 03' and it was off the hook. Would love to see TP there.
patkenny's picture

I was there (the Point Depot in Dublin) in '92 and I'll be there in 2012 :). Can not wait...
schikeen's picture

Ridiculoulsy excited about this. Have been waiting for this announcement for a long time, Yeow!!
jm8378's picture

will there be a presale code for this gig? tickets will go like gold dust!
bobbydave's picture

twice in the US, now finally in europe
fishroe's picture

More tour dates in UK please!!! Fantastic to see you here Tom
jimmyl's picture

Yehhhhaar!! Been too long since I saw you in Boston and before that in The Point in Dublin...I'll be first in the Q for tickets!! Brilliant!
bbradley's picture

Think we've being waiting over 20 years for this one. Can't wait to see TPATH in Dublin.
dhat1964's picture

Cannot believe it. Finally gonna get to see him. speechless!