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Estero, FL 05/01


May 01 2012
Estero, FL
Germain Arena

Lots of people clamor to meet Tom and the guys on a daily basis, but it's rare when the shoe's on the other foot.

That's exactly what happened when word got around backstage that Donald "Duck" Dunn would be in the house for Tuesday night's show at Germain Arena in Estero, FL.

A legendary bass guitarist, record producer, and songwriter, Dunn is most well-known as the session bassist for Stax Records, where his iconic playing backed the likes of Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Albert King, Arthur Conley, Sam & Dave and many more. Beyond his career at Stax, Dunn was also a member of The Blues Brothers' band and recorded with Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Neil Young, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, and Bob Dylan.

Dunn's connection to the Heartbreakers dates back to the band's debut album when he played bass on "Hometown Blues." Over the course of the next several years, Tom called on Dunn to play on a track, resulting in bass playing credits on "You Tell Me" on Damn the Torpedoes and "A Woman in Love" on Hard Promises and culminating with his work on Stevie Nicks' "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," a song written by Tom and Mike Campbell.

Following an electrifying "Runnin' Down A Dream" that left the frenzied Florida crowd screaming for more, Tom and the band left the stage for a quick break backstage, where they were met by Dunn and his wife. Hugs and smiles abound as Tom and the guys and jockeyed to spend a few minutes with their old friend. As the cheers from the waiting crowd grew louder, the band was whisked back onstage for the encore, waving goodbye to Dunn and his wife with promises to stay in touch.

"Good to see those boys," Duck said with a chuckle.

Listen to Her Heart
You Wreck Me
I Won't Back Down
Here Comes My Girl
Handle with Care
Lover's Touch
I'm A Man
Something Big
Have Love Will Travel
Free Fallin'
It's Good To Be King
Time To Move On
Learning to Fly
Yer So Bad
I Shoulda Known It
Good Enough
Runnin' Down A Dream

Mary Jane
American Girl

Germain Arena
Tour Tracks: 
Lover’s Touch
American Girl
Listen to Her Heart
Free Fallin'
I Won't Back Down
Mary Jane's Last Dance
Runnin' Down A Dream
Learning To Fly


lindanasrallah's picture

Will there be any contests or giveaways for tickets to this show for paid Tom Petty HFC members? If so, any details yet?
vmobley's picture

When are tickets going on sale for this venue? Hurry UP!!! I can't wait!!
lindaouimet's picture

As a newly transplanted Michigander, I have enjoyed seeing Tom Petty at all the various tri-county Detroit area venues since the 70's. I am thrilled that now I will be able to enjoy his show so close to my new home in Naples! It's ironic that there are no Detroit area shows on the 2012 tour schedule. Some things are meant to be :)
dlynn's picture

Thinking of staying at Sanibel for a couple of days then driving to the concert. What's the venue like? How many does it hold? With limited seating, I hope they'll be some presale tickets available!
rachaelalexandra666's picture

BOO YA, small venue, up close and personal, your old stompin grounds ! ! !
missmisie's picture

I am super excited Tom and the guys are playing this venue. I would have traveled ANYWHERE to see them, but this is only 25 miles from my house!!!! I was just checking a week ago to see if a tour had been scheduled. With so few US dates, I am thrilled one is in my neck of the woods!
vonnie's picture

I'm so excited right now....It's been a while since TPATH has played here. The past few tours I've traveled to Tampa, Denver & Chicago to see them live. I'm only 4 miles from the venue woo hoo!!! Now the anticipation of the opening act......
cataloger's picture

Not sure why Tom would play this small venue even though they have played here before. Works out great for me though as I'm only 15 miles away. This is great news as I would have been more than willing to travel to Orlando, Tampa or Miami.