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  • June 04, 2010
    Amazing In Oakland
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers hit Northern California Saturday night, delivering a thrilling set to a sold out standing-room-only audience at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

    Joe Cocker and his exceptional eight-piece band continue to impress, complementing the Heartbreakers' hard-charging rock set with a mix of soulful selections from their legendary frontman's celebrated career.

    Clocking in at more than two hours, Tom and the band's set drew from across their catalog, including "I Won't Back Down," "Learning to Fly" and "Don't Come Around Here No More." Songs from Mojo, the new album out later this month, continue to evolve as the band hones the live interpretation of their most recent studio masterpiece. While Mike Campbell's guitar playing is at the forefront of these blues-based gems, it's the nuanced interplay between the entire group that ultimately shapes how these songs come alive.

    Oakland was the first indoor concert of the tour and so tonight was also the debut of the band's full light and stage production. Laser lights enhance the etherealness of "First Flash of Freedom," a new song off Mojo penned by Petty and Campbell. Six enormous flat screens above the stage give the crowd an up-close view of the band normally afforded only to those in the first few rows.

    With three shows in the books, the 2010 Mojo summer tour is off to a fast and exciting start. Check back often at TomPetty.com for tour updates including photos, show recaps and more!

    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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webcrew's picture
on Fri, 2010-06-04 17:00
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers hit Northern California Saturday night, delivering a thrilling set to a sold out standing-room-only audience at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Joe Cocker and his exceptional eight-piece band continue to impress, complementing the Heartbreakers' hard-charging rock set with a mix of soulful selections from their legendary frontman's celebrated career.

Clocking in at more than two hours, Tom and the band's set drew from across their catalog, including "I Won't Back Down," "Learning to Fly" and "Don't Come Around Here No More." Songs from Mojo, the new album out later this month, continue to evolve as the band hones the live interpretation of their most recent studio masterpiece. While Mike Campbell's guitar playing is at the forefront of these blues-based gems, it's the nuanced interplay between the entire group that ultimately shapes how these songs come alive.

Oakland was the first indoor concert of the tour and so tonight was also the debut of the band's full light and stage production. Laser lights enhance the etherealness of "First Flash of Freedom," a new song off Mojo penned by Petty and Campbell. Six enormous flat screens above the stage give the crowd an up-close view of the band normally afforded only to those in the first few rows.

With three shows in the books, the 2010 Mojo summer tour is off to a fast and exciting start. Check back often at TomPetty.com for tour updates including photos, show recaps and more!

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

michellemybelle's picture

This was my 1st road trip of 8 for this tour. 740 miles roundtrip for another great night of RnR! I got upset when started reading the posts with the super negative "bummed" person. Can we filter out the negativity around here, please? TPATH is promoting a new album. Why go to a Mojo tour and ask them not to play too many Mojo songs? That's like going into Hell and asking them to turn down the heat! I love the new music.....don't stop playing it guys!! You worked hard on the album and we want to hear it. I sware Tom steals my journal for some songs!haha Don't let the negative people make you quit playing the new tunes. Your loyal fans want to hear Mojo and anything else you want to play us. Peace, Michelle
vedantus's picture

My favorite part of the show was all the new tunes, riding the edge of discovery and and enjoying future classics being made. I've heard American Girl enough times!
domrocsmom's picture

I knew seeing TP and the HBs in a large arena might be a risk, especially after getting used to seeing them in great venues like the Fillmore, but I couldn't justify not buying the tickets. I've been a very enthusiastic TP fan since the beginning after seeing them at Winterland opening for Fleetwood Mac and nearly stealing their thunder with his stage entrance with the first chord of Breakdown. (which earned him a 3 minute standing ovation before he even uttered a sound). But I just can't agree with all of the other reviewers. Maybe I was sitting too far from the stage to feel the connection, or maybe I'm just too old, but the lights and all of the production effects just seemed to take away from the music, even as good as it was. AND, please guys, don't give me 5 consecutive new songs in the middle of the set - that was too much and our whole row could see the energy drain right out of the crowd around us. One or two, maybe, then sneak in another somewhere. When we are paying $125.00 per ticket and you guys look like ants dressed in fancy pants, it's just too much to bear. One or the other, but not both. I still love you guys, but we were pretty let down. Please come back and play some smaller local places and give us back the spark. That is my last venture into the large arena for a music show. Just not initimate enough. The quality of the music itself was amazing, but I really missed the full feeling of connection in the small venue.
hildyg's picture

God, I love that song. Great opener, but I wish he had had the time to play more off beat stuff. I'd kill to hear Casa Dega live. And "You Got Lucky" is the greatest break up song ever written. Thank you, Tom, for helping me keep my sanity as I job hunt and otherwise get by. Life is a lot easier having your music. Some days are diamonds, some days are rocks, and Oakland was a diamond.
karen's picture

It was totally amazing! It was a great fun time, and Tom and the boys looked and sounded fantastic! For a place as large as the Oakland Arena, it was like an intimate gathering at the Fillmore (note: COME BACK TO THE SF FILMORE TOM!!) Joe Cocker? Freaking phenomenal!!! Seats were awesome, and one Carlos Santana was three rows behind my fan club seats, woohoo!!!
oggie06's picture

We were fortunate to have front row seats, and this is an experience I and my family (Sandy, Casey [20] and Cooper [13] will never forget. Being that close to Petty and the Heartbreakers was indescribable. Seeing Tom 10 feet away--you know this is a regular guy with wrinkles, nice teeth, and fingernails, clean hair, a wicked grin, someone you'd feel comfortable with. On the other hand, we all know he's a rock legend who's produced some of the great music and nurtured an incredible band. The concert was amazing, the band as good as it ever has been. Joe Cocker and his band as the opening act was terrific and got us in exactly the right place to see TP and the Heartbreakers. Thanks to all you guys, and all your support team for an unforgettable evening of great music.
stvallier's picture

3rd row and what a show!! Husband's 50th and what a thrill Please come back soon... so we can again spoon to your tunes...:)
jimh's picture

Glad to hear that is the case. I have tickets for Hollywood bowl and a long TP set will keep Sucky replacement band ZZ Top's worn out old songs as short as possible.
Anonymous's picture

I also raised my children on Tom Petty, that makes for some Happy Children! Your Lil Girl is Adorable!
jillcn's picture

...on your name in my post!!!!!! Was talking to my friend, Paul, and stuck it in my post! arrrgh... Maybe your blog-checkers can fix that before posting! sorry sorry sorry! peace!
jillcn's picture

My first Petty show after being a fan since 77, amazing...Great view from the front row stage right. Hope you guys had as much fun as we did! What a great vibe, clean sound and really glad you know how to have fun with your fans! Really enjoyed feeling the connection! (Paul, thanks for the kiss! And what a great collection of guitars you & Tom have! Beautiful.) May just show up at the Hollywood Bowl. Thanks for a great great show! And for playing American Girl! Listening to that one since 77 too and learned ALL the words just last summer! You guys truly Rock and deserve to the greatest extent your place in the R&R Hall.
sbirmingham's picture

The show was amazing. When the boys play together live, there just isn't anything else like it. I have seen them play many times and each time before I go to a performance I wonder if they can keep living up to my extremely high expectations and somehow they always do. Last night was no exception. Terrrific show. Good energy, nice effects and most importantly incredible music.
pjnothingman's picture

That's my little GIRL!! The show was awesome, & what a GREAT surprise seeing my little girls picture as the opener for the Oakland show review!! Thank you Tom Petty & crew!!
nick07's picture

lover I await the day, good fortune comes our way! and We ride down the kings highway!!! I cant fuckin wait! Sorry for the language! But I really cant wait! Friday at the Gorge baby!! See you guys soon!!! until then rock on, let the magic happen like you always do! OWWWWWW!
banshee962's picture

OK. I've been to hundreds of shows, and have seen just about everyone...including TPATH more than once, and this show was at the epitome of what a live performance should be. The sound was amazingly clean & crisp which is not often the case at Oracle. The lights and staging were not overdone, but were complimentary to the musicians and the music so rather than being overcome by production, the performance was enhanced and showcased. I remarked to my friend that even without Tom Petty as a frontman, this band was tight and incredibly talented. The fact that TP fronts this band pushes it to a level beyond most bands, and this is no secret, and no doubt the reason why the Oracle was sold out. When bands introduce their new music, it often kills the momentum of a show, but again, TPATH's talent won me over in just a few notes. Yeah, I'll be buing Mojo when it comes out next week. If this is the kind of performance the band can deliver at the beginning of a tour, I can easily recommend that anyone who gets a chance to see the show DO IT!
jodi's picture

This show was just completely AWESOME! We had such a great time, Tom and the band really rocked!
uwreckme's picture

This was a great, great show! The new songs are very good and we get treated to some nice Mike Campbell solos where he shows how quickly and perfectly he can play lead guitar. The boys are all fresh and energetic, love the top down views of the amazing Benmont Tench on his keyboards. Great crowd, great vibe and perfect way to forget our troubles for a while. well I don't know, but I've been told you never slow down, you never grow old Thank you for another great night!!
campfan's picture

I love the little girl picture.....it tells it all don't it..... Benmont ....the hat looks good on you...and the smile.... Thanks for wearing my favorite shirt Mike.... Tom....love the pictures..it seems like soooooooooo much fun....I am there ....travellin' with ya'all ......on ya'all's journey to Music City
imascr4p3r's picture

It was the best! My first Petty concert!. Loved every minute. Thanks Tom and the Band!!! Joe Cocker can jump!.