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  • June 20, 2012
    London 1 Recap
    Since its opening by Queen Victoria in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall in London has hosted some of the world's biggest concerts and events with the most famous artists on the planet. Yet over the course of its illustrious near 150-year history, the Albert Hall has never hosted Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, an oversight that was rectified Monday night with an epic show that those in attendance will talk about for years to come.

    Full review, photos, set list, and leave your own comment or upload your own photos, here.
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tompetty.com's picture
on Wed, 2012-06-20 05:25
Since its opening by Queen Victoria in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall in London has hosted some of the world's biggest concerts and events with the most famous artists on the planet. Yet over the course of its illustrious near 150-year history, the Albert Hall has never hosted Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, an oversight that was rectified Monday night with an epic show that those in attendance will talk about for years to come.

Full review, photos, set list, and leave your own comment or upload your own photos, here.

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ccholder15's picture

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers put on an AMAZING show! We traveled from Vermont to London to experience their first show in the Royal Albert Hall and I know we will remember it for the rest of our lives! We had the chance to meet Benmont while we were walking around the park a day before the show and what a humble, super nice guy! The photo we took with him is now one of my most prized possessions. Then, to see the live show the following night was unbelievable. The entire band looked and sounded great- I didn't want them to stop! We have seen them before and thought they were awesome (clearly, as they are our favorite group :) ), but this crowd and venue really brought out the magic that surrounds the Heartbreakers. To the band: Tom, Mike, Benmont, Steve, Ron, Scott A big THANK YOU for all you guys do!! You are amazing musicians, performers, artists and are always an inspiration. You all have affected our lives in such a positive way through your music and just doing what you do! We love you!! Hope I didn't scream too loud! :) xoxo christine & george
alobrien31's picture

Tom Petty played here in the Concert for George and stole the show.How I managed to miss these concert dates I dont know.Im gutted at not seeing the band.
jackieog's picture

Brilliant, yes I saw Tom having a sneazy smoke, but he still has a good voice. The RAH was electric and I was and still am in awe of the concert. Well done Tom please do another UK gig.
andynash73's picture

Many thanks to Tom and the Heartbreakers for the amazing show my wife & I were privileged to be at at the RAH. First time for me and a memory to be treasured. Fantastic concert from start to finish and I especially enjoyed "Oh Well" ( tribute to Peter Green & Fleetwood Mac) and "Refugee", although there was not one song I didn't enjoy. We were also lucky to have a superb, uninterrupted view. Hope to see you again next time you visit these shores ( less than 13 years I hope).
ruthsnow's picture

You are a legend. Had the time of my life. Come back soon guys. Missing you already. xx
druscilla's picture

did anyone else spot Tom smoking at the back of the stage on Monday? These rock stars never change! ;)
christinacox's picture

We travelled from our small island home in Orkney, 1 ferry, 2 flights, 3 taxis, 1 train to get to the Albert Hall for Monday night - and boy was it worth it. What a great great night, not a seat left in the house, everyone on their feet. The atmosphere genuinely 'HAPPY' the whole place buzzing - a wall of people standing, clapping, singing, from the floor to the ceiling all around - what a sight. It was over all too soon. A fabulous special night - don't leave it so long next time. Chris & Greg x
pink_n_fluffy's picture

A massive Thank You to Greg - one of the Sound Guys - for getting me a setlist on Wednesday night - it is very much appreciated - & thanks so much for taking the time to talk to my husband & I on Wednesday afternoon outside the RAH. Also a massive Thank You to Ron Blair for signing the setlist, it was so very kind of you to take the time to do it for me - again it is so very much appreciated! I've been a fan of the band for about 23 years now so the signed setlist means an awful lot to me! Enjoy the rest of your Tour & have a safe journey home. Regards, pink_n_fluffy P.S. I know this is the London 1 Recap but I can't find the London 2 Recap!
janet80's picture

Thank you TP&TH for a fantastic evening. I never wanted it to end. You were all brilliant I have never seen so many "oldies" with so much energy. I enjoyed every moment of it every song was great. Someone at the front of the Arena bowed to you Tom as the greatest and you are!! This was one of my life's "things to do before I die" and I have done it, YES! One girl shouted out "I love you Tom" and you replied to her, That should have been Me!! Please, please come back to the UK soon, I do not think you may have realized how much you are all loved in the UK, well now you know. Please come back soon. Love U Tom, Janetx
annck's picture

I was completely blown away on Monday 18th, this was the gig of my life !! Great seats, electric atmosphere, awesome music, felt like a teenager again, that's not bad for a sixty year old ! I took my mate Rob age 26 who was a TP & Heartbreakers virgin and he hasn't stopped talking about it to anyone who will listen !! Looking forward to catching the guys again tonight on Sky Arts 1 at the IOW Fest. Thank you for making me a happy woman.Love you all,come back soon.
purplefirth's picture

Thank you TP&TH you were everything I could have possibly hoped for and more. I almost cried at the end because it was over. Please please please come back soon it will always be a sell out, we love you all Fantastic support too, thank you for introducing us to the beautiful Jonathan Wilson,we now have his album gentle spirit to enjoy and bringing on Mr Winwood, who we saw live at Brighton Dome a couple of years ago was joyous. Thank you so much for a never forget in my lifetime fantastic three hours, love you baby ;)
wesjmusic's picture

What an amazing Gig on Monday 18th Front Row Seats for me (Lynard Skynard TShirt) and My Disabled Dad. So lucky to have got the Tickets. The Band were so close and was song choices were great the atmosphere was electric all the way through. I don't think I will ever have a gig like this again. It seamed that Tom Petty made an effort to walk over with his guitar a few times and like wise Ron Blair asked us if we enjoyed the gig after the encore had finished, of which we did of course, superb, electric and pin sharp all round. It was a night I will not forget. Thank you very much TPATHB Wes
gel's picture

Monday night, brilliant Gig. Lots of good classic. I haven't enjoy a gig like that in a while. Too long between visits, can't wait another 10 years
davepyett's picture

Wow! What a gig!! Am still buzzing from it. We had great seats a couple of rows back in the stalls. Set list was simply amazing. Jonathan Wilson was excellent as well. Pls come back soon!!
highwaycompanion23's picture

2 amazing nites - being literally 6ft away from the band is a truly breathaking experience! Only minor neg is that both nites' setlists were identical other than Steve Winwood's guest appearance last nite. Personally, I wish they had mixed it up and played different tracks off of Mojo, such as High In The Morning, as well as lesser-known classics like Straight Into Darkness, Swingin', Have Love Will Travel, Won't Last Long, Runaway Trains, All Mixed Up, plus I Don't Wanna Fight would have been VERY welcome too! Too many classics, not enough time. Atleast London has been reminded what REAL music is meant to sound like anyways.
jptoombs's picture

The comment about this venue never having hosted Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers before is not entirely correct. They played the Royal Albert Hall in November of 2002 as part of the Concert for George.