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New York, NY 5/21


May 21 2013
New York, New York
Beacon Theatre

Beacon Theatre
New York, NY

May 21, 2013

Tuesday was the second night of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ five-show residency at New York’s Beacon Theatre, coming hot on the heels of Monday’s instant-classic concert.

While Tuesday night offered up more tour debuts, #1 hits and deep cuts, it was a moment early in the concert that really showed how much fun Tom and the guys are having on this tour.

As the cheers died down after the band ended “When The Time Comes” off You’re Gonna Get It, Benmont Tench turned toward his Hammond organ and glanced out across the stage at his bandmates from underneath his white fedora. Tom and Mike Campbell were busy switching guitars, but Ron Blair caught Benmont’s eye, and the two old friends smiled a taciturn grin. Mike turned around from strapping on his sunburst Gibson and instantly caught the vibe. When Tom finished readying his guitar and amp, he, too, peeked around the stage to see if everyone was ready and was soon smiling widely along with Ben, Mike and Ron. Soon Steve and Scott joined in, and with a quick nod from Tom, Benmont launched into the iconic organ riff that opens “Green Onions.”

You couldn’t wipe the grins of the guys’ faces as they served up a spot-on cover of the legendary Booker T. & the MGs instrumental, no doubt a song they grew up hearing from one of their musical heroes. Whether the smiles were about the song they were about to play or just a general acknowledgment of how much fun they’re having on this tour, no one will ever really know, and I’m not sure it even matters.

We’re off on Wednesday but back to the Beacon Theatre on Thursday!

Set List:

Rock & Roll Star

Love Is A Long Road

Here Comes My Girl

When The Time Comes

Green Onions

Best of Everything

I Just Want To Make Love To You

Woman In Love

When A Kid Goes Bad

Saving Grace

Tweeter And The Monkey Man


Wild Flowers

Friend of the Devil

Crawling Back To You

Good To Be King

I Should Have Known It


Runnin' Down A Dream


E: Listen to Her Heart

American Girl


Check Out Photos From The Show Here!

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andreaamericangirl's picture

for this or any of the shows at the beacon for the next week- if anyone is driving to manhatten from central or south NJ please give me a ride! id rather give my money to you than to NJ transit- i have gas money and party favors to share.  please pick me up at either cheesequake rest stop on the garden state parkway near exit 120, or at a rest stop on the NJ turnpike near exit 13.  thanks!  see you at the shows!