To watch Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in that venue, as close as I was to the stage, is something that I will take with me to my grave. A musical dream come true. Mike Campbell is the personification of excellence, Scott is always reliable and rock solid to push the songs to the end, Benmont flows through any musical landscape with ease and soul, Ron holds it all down, Steve's smile beguiles the task of keeping rythm for the greatest band in the world (no easy task) -- which he does by getting everything his kit with the flying V logo on the kick drum has to offer. And then there's Tom. How Tom has managed to keep writing lyrics and music that gets to the heart of growing up in America for as long as he has is remarkable. Tom's music invokes many different influences and styles, but there's one constant... longevity. This bands' music will be around long after all of us are gone, and will be played on formats yet to be invented, but none more powerful than a needle on a record.
The set list complete with tribute covers to the Byrds, JJ Cale, Dylan, Muddy Waters, etc. is fresh, alive and a gift for any Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fans lucky enough to witness it as I did. Thanks to the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, their crew and families for making the Fonda concerts a reality. "It was all right there, in front of me."