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    May 10, 2017

    FedEx Forum

    Memphis, TN

    May 8, 2017

     

    Though it’s only been in the setlist since Houston, “Crawling Back to You” has quickly become one of the centerpieces of the show each night.

     

    In Memphis, Tom and the guys tore through the first half of the show, including an arena-shaking “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and a particularly inflammatory “It’s Good to Be King,” so the “Crawling Back to You” that followed began slowly, almost somberly. By the last verse, Tom sounded totally wrought, just like the protagonist in the song.

     

    Setlist:

    “I'm so tired of being tired
    Sure as night will follow day
    Most

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    May 08, 2017

    Amalie Arena

    Tampa, FL

    May 6, 2017

     

    It’s no coincidence Saturday night’s show at Amalie Arena in Tampa was a special night on Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ 40th Anniversary tour.

     

    Just 130 miles from Gainesville, Tampa is the tour’s closest stop to the band’s old stomping grounds in central Florida, meaning the backstage hallways, hospitality suites and catering would be full of family and friends visiting before the show. 

     

    Saturday night’s show in Tampa was the 10th show of the tour, and so the band was well-oiled and raring to go at a venue they are very comfortable in, having played

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    May 06, 2017

    Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre

    West Palm Beach, FL

    May 5, 2017

     

    “We’re gonna break the record for loudest noise in Florida history, so lemme hear ya!”

     

    Tom strode around the stage, a vintage Rickenbacker hung around his neck, waving his hands in the air as if he was conducting the ear-piercing cacophony from the 19,000-plus in attendance at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL on Friday night.

     

    Just as the screams and applause began to fade, Tom and Mike Campbell tore into the guitar riff that opens “You Wreck Me,” the fourth track off Wildflowers.

     

    “Tonight we ride, right or

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    May 05, 2017

    Frank Erwin Center

    Austin, TX

    May 2, 2017

     

    “Hey, gunslinger!”

    Tom Petty greeted Gary Clark Jr. with a smile and a hug in the hallway backstage at the Frank Erwin Center as the young Texas bluesman made his way to the stage to open the show.

    The pair had met in February in Los Angeles when Gary and his band played a blistering cover of “Good Enough” at the MusiCares event honoring Tom as their Person of the Year. Nearly two months later, everyone in the Heartbreakers camp was still buzzing about the performance.

    “Wanna come up and play it with us tonight?” Tom asked Gary as Mike Campbell and

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    May 03, 2017

    New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

    New Orleans, LA

    April 30, 2017

     

    Torrential rains, high winds, tornadoes and flooding couldn’t stop Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers from their triumphant return to the 2017 edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, their second appearance at JazzFest in the band’s storied 40-year career.

    “Swingin’,” off 1999’s Echo, made its tour debut in New Orleans, sandwiched in between killer takes on “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and “You Don’t Know How It Feels.”

    “Well, we’re in New Orleans at the JazzFest,” Tom said after the band wound down “Free Fallin’,” “and

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    May 01, 2017

    The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    Woodlands, TX

    April 29, 2017

     

    The old saying goes that everything’s bigger in Texas, and looking out over the sold-out crowd of 16,000-plus cheering fans at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, you’d have to say they’re right.

    Amped up by the biggest crowd yet of the 40th Anniversary tour, Tom and the band charged into “Rockin’ Around With You” to open the show and didn’t step off the gas all night. “Forgotten Man” was an early highlight, and “Crawling Back to You” made its debut on this tour, joining “Wildflowers” and “It’s Good to Be King” for a mini

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    April 29, 2017
    The 40th Anniversary Tour is in full swing five shows into the first leg, and Tom and the guys are really hitting their stride. So are English duo Charley and Hattie Webb, aka The Webb Sisters, who have joined this tour on background vocals.
     
    They sound wonderful backing up the guys on “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” and “Runnin’ Down A Dream,” but nowhere are they more prominently felt than on “Free Fallin’,” where Charley & Hattie’s gorgeous background vocals during the choruses floating dreamily behind Tom’s lead. It’s a magical moment in the show.
     
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    April 27, 2017

    Bridgestone Arena

    Nashville, TN

    April 25, 2017

     

    “Can you feel the mojo in this room?!?”

    Tom Petty raised his hands above his head, shaking them like a preacher at a tent revival. Suddenly, the arena’s overhead white lights snapped on to reveal a standing-room-only crowd at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Couples, hippies, families, hipsters, teens, and baby boomers – everyone was screaming at the top of their lungs, their hands waving in the air.

    Tom was absolutely right. The mojo was in the air in Nashville Tuesday night.

    And not a single note of music had even been played.

    Atlanta, we’ll

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    April 24, 2017
    Verizon Arena
    Little Rock, AR
    April 23, 2017
     
    Coming in hot off a great night in Dallas on Saturday,, Tom and the band came to Little Rock on Sunday with one goal in mind.
     
    “We’re bringing the rock to Little Rock!” Tom said to rapturous applause from the 13,000-plus at Verizon Arena. And with that, the band launched into “I Should Have Known It,” the blues rocker off the Mojo album driven by Steve Ferrone’s powerful drumming and a crunchy guitar riff from Mike Campbell.
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    April 24, 2017

    American Airlines Arena

    Dallas, TX

    April 22, 2017

     

    “Hope you paid the babysitter well, ‘cause it’s gonna be a long night!”

    Tom Petty smiled widely as the capacity-crowd at American Airlines Arena roared in response. Just as the cheers were beginning to die down, Mike Campbell hit the signature opening guitar lick of “I Won’t Back Down,” and the 14,000-plus in attendance in Dallas screamed in unison.

    Joe Walsh and company once again opened the festivities on the second night of the 40th Anniversary Tour, highlighted by a moving cover of The Eagles’ “Take It To The Limit” dedicated to Walsh’s

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