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London 06/20


Jun 20 2012
Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall added to its rich concert history on Wednesday night
as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers closed out their two-night run at the
famed London venue with an epic show featuring a guest appearance by close
friend and rock legend Steve Winwood.

Backstage hopped with excitement before the show as family and friends
mingled with the band amid the road cases. Winwood - who opened for Tom
and the Heartbreakers' summer tour in 2008 - caught up with tour manager
Richard Fernandez and checked out guitars with Alan Rogan before the show.
Olivia Harrison dropped in to say hello. Father-and-son producing duo Glyn
and Ethan Johns were around. Nick Lowe and Jimmy Page were in the house
and Helen Mirren came backstage to say hi.

At the center of it all, Tom and the guys were loose, smiling and laughing
and generally soaking it all in.

The biggest difference between Monday and Wednesday's shows was the
swagger the band had as it took the stage following Jonathan Wilson's
opening set. There was no hint of nerves, despite the fact that Benmont
Tench's organ was on the fritz and some of the guys were fighting
off colds. When the house lights dropped and the crowd erupted into
cheers, the band strode onstage and did what they do best.

Hit after hit after hit, they barreled through the show with singular
intent, locked in and focused. Just after he finished introducing
the Heartbreakers, Tom talked about their love of the British Music
Invaders that they heard growing up as kids as a member of the sound crew
set up a microphone between him and Mike Campbell.

"Ladies and gentlemen, Steve Winwood," Tom said with a smile. The Albert
Hall welcomed Winwood with a roar, and out of the deafening madness
emerged the delicate acoustic fingerpicking that opens "Can't Find My Way
Home." Mike Campbell took the first solo, Winwood the second. As the song
headed for the outro, Campbell wove slide guitar swells in with Winwood's
soaring vocals. Beautiful.

If anything could have topped "Can't FInd My Way Home," it would be "Gimme
Some Lovin'." Led by Winwood on the Hammond organ, Tom and the band nailed
the 1966 Spencer Davis Group hit, evidenced by the entire Royal Albert
Hall dancing floor to gallery.

"This has been a tremendous honor to play for you in this room tonight,"
Tom said before the band blasted out the iconic "American Girl" riff.
"Thank you very much, London. We'll see you again soon."

Isle of Wight is next! Hope to see you there. Keep checking back for more
from the Heartbreakers' 2012 Summer Tour!

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
Don't Come Around Here No More
Can't Find My Way Home*
Gimme Some Lovin'*
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

* with Steve Winwood

Royal Albert Hall


derekevans102's picture

From Stafford to Royal Albert Hall, come on you Heartbreakers
johnbroomhall's picture

hi tom i am got tickets for cork and dublin now i am going to get them for the R,A,H london cant wait to see you guys fantastic
dorsetdolly's picture

Help - Just joined the HCC. Can someone please tell me how pre-sale works and where I need to go to order the tickets?! Thanks a lot whoever you are.
treazlewat's picture

Hurrah!! The Waiting has been sooooo long!!
loucanova's picture

i have not seen this listed anywhere yet,has it been announced yet?
philrob's picture

Fantastic News. Hope I get tickets for RAH. Lifelong fan looking forward to a great concert and experience the RAH for the first time. This is a concert in the UK that I have waited too long for.
waspie5's picture

I last saw Tom at Shepherds Bush Empire over two nights . The Albert Hall will be great for Tom and the Band.
marillion's picture

Looks like there is time in the tour schedule to add another UK gig.Or maybe a second RAH show.Here's hoping...
hayabusadon's picture

Been a Fan since 'Damn the Torpedos' Hopefully will get tickets to see him live at RAH. Was wondering if we were ever going to see him live on these shores ever again! just shows if you keep the faith things can happen!
rebel14's picture

Any news?
roniboy's picture

where do you get ticks on 17th january help help help !!!!
rebel14's picture

Any ideas on whether this is standing?
calumfnec87's picture

Strange question perhaps but what time do Tom's shows END ? Getting out of our excuse for a capital going West by rail likely to be an issue for me.
rebel14's picture

Any idea of cost?
rick56's picture

I remember seeing Tom with Bob that night and on the way home the hurricane hit the SE of Eangland. Looking forward to a great show (after such a long time) and no storm afterwards
pdstrange's picture

Ticket prices are listed as £40-75. Guessed there would be at least one date other than IOW as there was a week gap in the schedule. Probably the promoters demanding time between announcing IOW and other UK gigs to guarantee some tickets sales. Sneaky but understandable.
toadlonewolf's picture

I'm going to do my damnedest to get to this concert not seen tom petty since the 90's and i would love to take my partner susan to see him as she has never seen him live. Can't wait.
pb22's picture

Keeping everything crossed that I can get tickets now. Such a long time since I last saw the band - 'I ran wild as a dog with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' So pleased that you're coming to the mainland, hope you can fit in more dates so more of the UK get to see you. :)
rick56's picture

Can someone on here from the 'official team' say whether there will be a Premium Package for the RAH.
rick56's picture

Anyone know who is doing the pre sale for RAH. Ticketmaster, Live Nation etc
rick56's picture

Knew you would (phew) Thanks
junkyardangel's picture

Does anyone know how the pre-sale for Tom@RAH will go on tuesday? ie:go onto tour dates and click on tickets? have my code at the ready...praying im lucky waited my whole life for this gig.Have IOW tickets back up.
jo_haines86's picture

Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is a dream come true, cant wait! x
rowlands1990's picture

Cant wait for this show, I will definately be there, so glad you decided to do another UK show!
lofric_2's picture

I'll be at Isle of Wight too!
purplefirth's picture

Yes!!!!!!!! 2012 is looking a whole lot brighter. I was miserable when I thought the tour was only going to be IOW and now I'm so happy I could almost cry wooohooo woohooo woohooo
lindaprice's picture

Just to say that I will be trying for tickets on Tuesday for the performance at the RAH, however I am disappointed that this date was added after the initial tour was onsale. I have got tickets to Paris the week after and if I had known that he was going to do the RAH before hand I would not have bothered with Paris. Still the RAH is my favourite venue for concerts and fingers crossed I will be successful.
diveulike's picture

Is this the only show in the UK? What about fans in the north of the country or Scotland, can't believe there is no arena date in the UK!
duffrulez's picture

Thanks for listening - Fingers crossed for two tixs 1Love
rebel14's picture

Is it going to be standing? How much?