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  • June 01, 2010
    Opening Night At Red Rocks
    Opening night of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Summer 2010 tour! The band certainly did not disappoint the sold-out crowd at the majestic Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside of Denver, CO.

    Joe Cocker began the festivities with a breezy and inspired set of hits including "Unchain My Heart," "With a Little Help from My Friends," "Feelin' Alright" and a cover of The Beatles' "Come Together," which he recorded for 2007's Hymn for My Soul.

    The excitement and anticipation at Red Rocks was undeniable as the Heartbreakers struck the first notes of tonight's opener, "Kings Highway," off Into The Great Wide Open. The guys tore through classics "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and "Breakdown" before surprising fans with a blazing version of the rare "Driving Down to Georgia" off the recently released The Live Anthology. Scott's wicked harmonica riff helped kick start "Jefferson Jericho Blues," which began a string of songs from Mojo, due out June 15. The capacity crowd was treated to live debuts of "First Flash of Freedom," "Running Man's Bible," "I Should Have Known It," and "Good Enough," all of which promise to be strong staples on this summer's tour. Wrapping up the set with "Refugee," Tom and the Heartbreakers returned to the stage and treated the audience to an intense triple-encore of "You Wreck Me," "Mystic Eyes," and the finale "Runnin' Down a Dream."

    Check out the photos from last night and stay tuned for updates, photos, and more from every night of the tour. It's going to be a fun summer!

    Please note the newly updated tour section. Each tour date has its own event page where we will have a recap, photos, videos and you can enter your comments there in addition or instead of this news article. Check it out.









































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on Tue, 2010-06-01 17:00
Opening night of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Summer 2010 tour! The band certainly did not disappoint the sold-out crowd at the majestic Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside of Denver, CO.

Joe Cocker began the festivities with a breezy and inspired set of hits including "Unchain My Heart," "With a Little Help from My Friends," "Feelin' Alright" and a cover of The Beatles' "Come Together," which he recorded for 2007's Hymn for My Soul.

The excitement and anticipation at Red Rocks was undeniable as the Heartbreakers struck the first notes of tonight's opener, "Kings Highway," off Into The Great Wide Open. The guys tore through classics "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and "Breakdown" before surprising fans with a blazing version of the rare "Driving Down to Georgia" off the recently released The Live Anthology. Scott's wicked harmonica riff helped kick start "Jefferson Jericho Blues," which began a string of songs from Mojo, due out June 15. The capacity crowd was treated to live debuts of "First Flash of Freedom," "Running Man's Bible," "I Should Have Known It," and "Good Enough," all of which promise to be strong staples on this summer's tour. Wrapping up the set with "Refugee," Tom and the Heartbreakers returned to the stage and treated the audience to an intense triple-encore of "You Wreck Me," "Mystic Eyes," and the finale "Runnin' Down a Dream."

Check out the photos from last night and stay tuned for updates, photos, and more from every night of the tour. It's going to be a fun summer!

Please note the newly updated tour section. Each tour date has its own event page where we will have a recap, photos, videos and you can enter your comments there in addition or instead of this news article. Check it out.









































Comments

teb2's picture

What was the song they did in their 2nd show, not on the play list for the 1st? It was an old blues number I've heard before; Tom sings solo, no instrumentation, the refrain is no vocals, driving dual guitars. Thanks
djgold49's picture

Bucket list has one fewer item now that Tom and The Guys rocked it out. Went to both shows and had a great time. Both set lists were well thought out and the band's ability to change the arrangements to make the shows unique was well done. 20-25 songs would be great. Also tired of Mystic Eyes as encore...been doing this for years. Let's get something new! Tom sounds great and hope he and the guys can keep energy up all summer long...as I will be in the pit in Houston in September!
pettywoman's picture

I LOVE THE NEW SONGS. Keep writing Tom. You and the Heartbreakers just keep getting better. Great rendition of Learning to Fly. Am listening to Good Enough as I write. Can't wait for the June 15th release of MOJO . Thanks for the great mix of old and new. And thanks Joe - you still have IT.
harryt's picture

Saw last night's show at Red Rocks. As usual, Tom and boys were cranking. The show started on an unbelievably high note and was really cruising along when things hit a lull with five or six new songs all crammed in in the middle. There was a noticeable dip in the energy in the crowd before things picked up again for a great finish and fantastic encores. I know that the band is on the road to promote its new album, but my suggestion would be to sprinkle the new songs throughout the setlist. Still, great show. I'll see Tom Petty any time he's in Colorado.
rbrakey551's picture

Oh wow.....What a great show....Tom and his Buddies put on one hell of a show....All my favorites ...I live in Morrison and wanted to go back for second show.. He never has disappointed me in all the shows I've seen in the past 25 years....I believe he gets better with age......LOVE YA TOM AND YOU HEARTBREAKERS!!!!!!!
pjnothingman's picture

I paid 350 dollars for 3 tickets, that are not ever on the floor but in the back of the venue and they only play 18 songs. Pearl Jam plays 18 songs in the first set and comes out and does two or three encores. I love Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers but please play more songs!!!!
dkelleher's picture

Please add more songs! 18 songs at $130 for a ticket is $7.22 a song! I remember when you cranked out 30 sonds a show! Maybe you can break 20. Thanks for listening!
karenpayne's picture

WOW - My friend and I flew out from LA for opening night at Red Rocks and were thrilled to be part of this incredible concert. Tom and the Heartbreakers played their hearts out. The new music is inspired and relevant. Their standard hits were terrific, as usual. THANKS for the experience, guys!!!!!
psychedelia's picture

Show looks fantastic. Can't wait for Toronto!
Anonymous's picture

How cool is that venue?!? LOVE "King's Highway" it's one of my faves! Looks like a lot of people diggin on Tom Petty & the [fantastic] Heartbreakers ~ does my heart good to see so many kindred spirits ;)
campfan's picture

Great pictures at an awesome venue...... oh Mike.....you looked so darn good playin' that new Gibson...... Tom.....that shirt you wore is beautifull.........I was sooooooooooooo there in spirit.....!!
spalbers2141's picture

I don’t want to “Wish away my summer” but I can’t wait for the St. Louis Show! Thanks for the great pictures; I bet the show was amazing. "we call could use a little mojo right now!!!"
pettywoman's picture

This is what music is supposed to be! Thank you Tom, Mike, Benmont, Ron, Scott, and Steve for sharing your music with us. I expected greatness but got even more. WOW.
salgourley's picture

Jeez! This post has gotten me all jacked-up for the TP/HBs shows that I'll be seeing this Summer (Nashville 8-12-10 & Charlotte 9-19-10)! Yep, I'm coming from good ol' Knoxville, TN. I sure hope you guys dig a little deeper into that fine catalog of yours. Don't get me wrong. I love the "hits," but I've seen the hits at your shows for over a decade. Please throw us a few, or several, curve balls, y'all. Regardless, you guys are the best!!! Peace & Love.
ohmybabydoll's picture

Great to see the review and photos here! Last night's show was amazing--especially the MOJO stuff! I'm looking forward to the Gorge...Would love one of those handwritten setlists, but would settle for a pick! --I'll be in row 1...WOHOOOOOO!!!
ohmybabydoll's picture

Great to see the review and photos here! Last night's show was amazing--especially the MOJO stuff! I'm looking forward to the Gorge...Would love one of those handwritten setlists, but would settle for a pick! --I'll be in row 1...WOHOOOOOO!!!
rickbusby's picture

For the money people are spending for the show, it would be nice to hear more songs. 18 songs is a bit weak. Great classics and some new stuff which is awesome, but 25-30 songs is more like it.
bons's picture

canNOT wait for the show here!! what a killer setlist - hope they add more tunes cause too much ain't enuff!!! waiting for the heartbreakers to smoke omaha!!! bons
emiliedyan's picture

i can't even find the words to say how I feel( Tom does that ) oh so real. I will never forget last night!!
kareno's picture

I can't wait to see this band this summer!!! They look great! Please please KEEP the greatest hits and add American Girl! Love you guys!
danihutch's picture

What an amazing concert! Thank you to Joe Cocker for warming us up and a HUGE thank you to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers! This was the best concert I have ever witnessed. THANK YOU!
ambert's picture

Just makes having to wait until August that much harder!
gretchenelise's picture

thanks for sharing the pictures.
inspired's picture

Thanks for these amazing photos. I am coming over from the UK for the New York concert and can't wait to see TBTHB. The lyrics resonate but the melodies penetrate the soul ...
babuzz's picture

i am so excited. i can't believe i'm going to see them. i wonder how i'll act. this is the first major rock concert i'll go to. i'm very excited! yippie.
pcpettyhead's picture

What, no pictures of Steve? Is it because he's English?
singsinfrench's picture

Thanks for the really nice photos. You got me all excited! See you guys in St Paul, Milwaukee, and Chicago!!
pcpettyhead's picture

I've been wondering who that was behind those Foster-Grants! Can hardly wait for Atlanta & Tampa, but could you drop so many of the Greatest Hits and kick us some deeper cuts? I wanna here Rhino Skin, Come on Down to My House, Room at the Top, Honey Bee, Makin' Some Noise, and Strangered in the Night. Cool covers would be Wild Thing, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, and Green River. Tom, you could OWN that song. They'd forget all about John Fogerty's version. And even more from MOJO would be great! Extend the list, 18 songs is a little light for the kind of $$$ we're dishing out. In 2002 I paid $30 and got a 23 song set. In 2003 I paid $40 and got a 18 song set. In 2010 I'm paying $300 so I am expecting a 230 song set, not 18. (They've got the library to do it). Just one more thing; Could you maybe please turn the volume on Scott's harmonica mic down just a teensy bit? That would great, thanks.
jsarahbeth's picture

We were here and it was Brilliant!
Anonymous's picture

they look great- especially TOM he is smokin hot! can't until my first show

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