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New York, NY 5/23


May 23 2013
New York, New York
Beacon Theatre

Beacon Theatre
New York, NY

May 23, 2013

"Hey Tom, why not make this an annual thing?!"

The belted fan suggestion between "Night Watchman" and "Good Enough" elicited a huge cheer among fans in the first few rows, an approving point from Benmont Tench and smiles across the stage at the Beacon Theatre Thursday night, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' third night of this weeklong residency at one of New York's legendary rooms.

In a way, the heckler couldn't be more right. This residency has been exceptional, both in offering Tom and the band an opportunity to stretch out, dig deep into their catalog (as well as those of other favorite artists) and play whatever they want and allowing fans an intimate glimpse at this crack band up close and personal.

Beyond that, Tom has played nearly every other room in the Big Apple over the course of his storied career, beginning with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers debut at CBGBs in December 1976. With a long history and even longer list of musician admirers, the Beacon is an intimate old theatre and exceptional listening room, making for a perfect match for Tom, the band and their audience.

The Beacon's vibe was in full effect Thursday night, set early on with the first appearance of "Don't Do Me Like That," the band's first Top 10 hit of its career. "Something Big" - a setlist staple on the 2012 tour - roared into "Night Watchman," which Tom estimated the band hasn't played "since 1981." Mike Campbell continues to slay the slow-blues burner "Good Enough," but I don't think anyone could have predicted the band would play "House in the Woods," a deep track off Wildflowers. "I Want You Back Again" was made all the more poignant by Tom's story about seeing the Zombies at his first concert and Mike was at the same show, unbeknownst to him. Tonight's four-song acoustic section of the show - kicked off by "Rebels" and wrapped with a cover of Little Feat's "Willin'" - may have been the best of the run so far. 

With two shows left on Saturday and Sunday, I don't know what the band's got left in the bag after three great shows, but I wouldn't want to miss it.


Set List:

Rock & Roll Star

Love Is A Long Road

Don't Do Me Like That

Something Big

Night Watchman

Good Enough

House in the Woods

Woman In Love

Have Love Will Travel

Tweeter And The Monkey Man

I Want You Back Again



Angel Dream


Mystic Eyes

I Should Have Known It


Runnin' Down A Dream


E: You Wreck Me

American Girl


Check Out Photos From The Show Here!

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jfmoran's picture

Unfortunately we got rained out in NJ...basement is flooded and can't leave the kids home. I wish there is some way to electronically transfer to a fan. I have great seats. Loge D 108. Seats will be empty, so I would rather give them away. Well, got to get back to bailing out the basement. John

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Five New York concerts and six in LA. But the last time in England where, Tom and the band have a "special relationship", there were two inadequate London events and the Isle of Wight flop. That was that. Maybe the band will visit Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow in the next ten years.