Rain, wind and mud didn't keep Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers from the Isle
of Wight Festival and their headlining set on Friday, the first day of the legendary
three-day festival located on an island in the English Channel.
Fans trying to reach the Isle of Wight in time for the first notes of
music Friday afternoon had their hands full with gridlock traffic all day
Thursday and early Friday that left some waiting and sleeping overnight in
their cars for more than 10 hours. Even a Heartbreakers crew bus was
entrapped, spending 12 hours getting to the festival site before working
through the night to prep for the next day's concert!
While artists including Groove Armada, Lana del Rey, Crystal Castles and
Best Coast played out on stages throughout the grounds on Friday, Feeder,
Noah & the Whale and Elbow opened things up on the Main Stage before the
house lights a few minutes after 10pm and Tom and the band hit the stage.
With the sunlight fading into night and the winds dying down, the guys
blasted through a set that made the 60,000-plus fans in attendance forget
the weather and terrible traffic. "Here Comes My Girl" was the last in a
massive three-song sing-a-long with the audience fronted by "You Wreck Me"
and " I Won't Back Down," tonight's big highlight.
Amsterdam, we're here tonight! Come out and see us and keep checking back
to the site for updates from the 2012 Summer Tour!
Listen to Her Heart
You Wreck Me
I Won't Back Down
Here Comes My Girl
Handle with Care
Don't Come Around Here No More
It's Good To Be King
Something Good Coming
Learning to Fly
Yer So Bad
I Shoulda Known It
Runnin' Down A Dream