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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


jacquilovestom's picture

Flying from Southampton to Dublin just for this concert, waited a long long time to see the best band ever. not long to go now
pjmc434's picture

I can´t believe the time is so near, If I could ask for something even more wonderful I´d pray for any song from de Echo album, that would be more than special . It would stop all of our 14.000 hearts. Good luck to everyone. I´ll be the one idiot smiling all the time see you...
weetoonlass's picture

Counting down the days! Sooooooo excited. Been creative on the computer, hope tom thinks about playing walls on the night (would make my day!) love the lyrics.
countrynuno's picture

Well I m waitin' this for years, I ll go from Lisbon, Portugal to Dublin show and then also to Cork show. Hope to meet more Tom Petty fans from different places there! All the best nuno
germax52's picture

Less than 100 2 go... Travelling home to Dublin from Italy for the gig.
johnbroomhall's picture

In my eyes tom petty and heartbreakers are the best band ever and i cant wait to see them will be in dublin and cork and the royal albert hall london this is the best present i can have what a super 2012 i am going to have thanks tom petty and the heartbreakers
poundhound's picture

I was at both shows in the Point in 1992. Really looking forward to this. Seems to be a lot of people travelling from abroad for this, gonna be a great night.
johnbroomhall's picture

hi tom i am traveling from the uk to dublin then on to cork by train then going to the royal albert hall london thank you so much for giving me 3 brilliant concerts to look forward too my 2012 and is a dream come true
yong's picture

Hi Tom So sorry you are not coming to England I have wanted to see you for soooo many years since you have been with Bob. Unfortunately can't get to Ireland because of work commitments. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
frub54321's picture

seriously why hav these gigs not sold out? what is going on people has the world gone mad?
fcuenca's picture

Dear Tom: Finally, and after more than twenty years, I will go with my wife to Dublin to see your show. Greatings from Spain, a great country who loves your music, but where you don´t play in this Tour. Fico
koss's picture

Going to be a lot of us there methinks. Flying over from Aberdeen then train to Cork next day. Kenny
petty_filous's picture

Wow so excited- after staying awake at night wondering whether I should have invested in an 02 phone just for the presale, I was so pleased to get some seated tickets. Hope I'll be able to see, I'm only a short little thing! Tom Petty you have made 2012, and it hasn't even begun yet!
jradesquire's picture

Can't wait for this show. Been a long time coming!!
cearns's picture

got our tickets for this eagerly awaited European tour leg and can't believe this still hasn't sold out!!! travelling over from Scotland.
weetoonlass's picture

Best Xmas present ever. Off to Dublin from bonny Scotland. Been a long time coming. Can't wait. Don't need to win the lottery to afford to visit the states any more because even the losers get lucky sometime!
frub54321's picture

got my standing tix for dublin been waiting a long time 2 c the band cant wait 2 get on the flight from scotland happy dayz
shamrock's picture

I'm from Belgium and saw the band in the early nineties in Brussels. I've been waiting for twenty years to see them again. I'VE GOT MY TICKET AND I'LL BE THERE!!!!! THANKS TOM!
saphire52uk's picture

I found the booking procedure stressful mainly because I was worried that I wouldn't get tickets before the show was sold out ! It took 9 attempts for my sale to go through ,the first 8 attepmts showed"there is a problem " after payment stage. I have to say it was all worth it now! Am so excited I have waited so long to see TPATH ! Thank you so much for coming to Europe! I'm travelling from UK to Dublin with pleasure
makin_some_noise's picture

Come on Tom, give us a London date! :(
frub54321's picture

hi all so what happened with the pre order today? o2 priority didnt hav anything anyone get tix? is it all seating or is there standing as well?
johnonethree's picture

What has happened to the presale?
redskybag's picture

It'll be my first time in Dublin coming from England (as we have been omitted from the tour schedule so far). Should be a good un, can't wait.
tigerman's picture

do i have to be a paid member to get code for ticket pre sale
coalville_phil's picture

That was stressful - took 45 mins before the site would verify my credit card. But we got good seats in the end.
audiodust's picture

how do you avail of presale tickets for o2 Dublin via facebook and or o2 priority?
granmaestroh's picture

Hi, Does anyone have a working presale code for this gig? What's facebok preale and how does it work? Thanks a million
granmaestroh's picture

Does anyone have a presale code for this show? How does Facebook presale work?
rockinrollstarr's picture

doug51260's picture

anyone having any success? keep getting 'there was a problem' after payment step...