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Jul 24 2010
Pittsburgh, PA
First Niagara Pavilion

Backstage at the First Niagara Pavilion outside Pittsburgh, visiting musicians and roadies alike are invited to test their luck on a chip shot to a small island green in the middle of a lake.

While no one on the Mojo Summer 2010 tour ever truly threatened the flagstick, it wasn-t for a lack of trying. On their last day on the tour, Drive-By Truckers Mike Cooley and Jay Gonzalez looked on as members of their road crew traded errant attempts with Heartbreakers roadies in the summer sun. Both Tom and Mike stopped in to thank the Athens, Georgia rockers for joining the tour, and Truckers frontman Patterson Hood dedicated the band-s set-closing "Let Their Be Rock- to the Heartbreakers and their crew, saying the tour was -the best summer vacation I-ve ever had."

23,000 strong welcomed the Heartbreakers to the stage at First Niagara Pavilion as the sun set on a steamy Pennsylvania night. "You Don-t Know How It Feels" got the crowd going early, but tonight-s highlight was the return of "First Flash of Freedom," which coincided with the first flashes of lightning of a fast-approaching thunderstorm. As if on cue, the heavens opened just as Mike and Scott Thurston-s twin guitar leads snaked around the amphitheatre like the soundtrack to an ancient rain dance. Despite the nasty weather, Heartbreakers fans showed why they are among rock music-s most loyal, gritting it out to the last notes of "American Girl" to show Tom and the band their love and appreciation for another amazing night of rock -n roll.
The Big Apple is up next! Come out and see us at Madison Square Garden and check back for more photos, videos and recaps from the tour!

General
2010-07-24T00:00:00-07:00
PA
Pittsburgh
First Niagara Pavilion
Country: 
US
venue_loc_latitude: 
40.440625
venue_loc_longitude: 
-79.995886
Tour Tracks: 
Jefferson Jericho Blues
First Flash Of Freedom
Running Man's Bible
Good Enough
Breakdown
American Girl
Oh Well
Listen to Her Heart
Kings Highway
Don't Come Around Here No More
Free Fallin'
I Won't Back Down
Mary Jane's Last Dance
Runnin' Down A Dream
Learning To Fly

Comments

saintpatrick8908's picture

revtodd, he played 5 songs that were dated before Full Moon Fever. Listen to Her Heart (1978), Breakdown (1976), Don't Come Around Here No More (1985), Refugee (1979), and American Girl (1976) But i do agree, i'm more of a fan of non-album tours, but if you're a true Petty fan, you like whatever he does all the same! Still, they put on one hell of a show every time they play the 'Burgh!
revtodd's picture

Sorry folks, I love me some TP, but I had to take a pass on this one. I've seen Petty five times since 1989. The setlists are getting more boring and tickets more expensive as the years go by. "Listen to Her Heart" was the only decent tune in the mix this year if you ask me, and that alone wasn't worth the drive or the cash. Hell, the ONLY reason I considered going this year was to see Drive-By Truckers open the show. However, even that wasn't enough to make the three hour drive. Instead, I went to D.C on Friday night and saw DBT tear up the 9:30 Club with a blistering three hour ROCK SHOW. Oh yeah, and for those of you bitching about the Cleveland cancellation (I'm talking to you, Don)...you should have gone to the Beachland Ballroom that night. DBT played a monumental marathon for all their fans who came out to see them. Where you find the comparison between Phish and DBT is beyond me. My guess is you've never seen either. Still, I gotta give TP props for recognizing the Truckers ever growing legion of fans. Maybe if he can manage to play more than one song written before Full Moon Fever, I might consider shelling out $30 for a lawn seat next time.
st1977's picture

This was the 11th time I have seen the band play live. I was very impressed with how well Mike played being that it was 100 degrees. You guys rock...and we are very thankful to have such great musicians play for us. Some people go to church, I go to a Heartbreakers concert....it's my therapy. Thanks again guys, Sarah Tanner Parkersburg, WV
chriskenney19's picture

This was one of the best concerts I've ever been to. Tom's still got it. AND...I proposed to my long-time girlfriend during American Girl. It was the very last song of the night, and she had no idea. Pouring rain or not, AWESOME night.
that1guy's picture

I had four people from my group run for the exit after the wind picked up, exclaimed, "we're going to the bus." Rain dances commenced on the lawn. Fleetwood Mac guitar riffs hung in the air. Lasers cracked the heavy humidity. For once it seemed humanity was in sync; outside Pittsburgh at least. The lawn space before me slowly opened up; like America's last virgin. It was too wet to the right, too hard to see from behind, too expensive for beer on the left, and too impossible to maintain balance in the front. All exit strategies had been analyzed, and Congress agreed it was time to pull out. Composure was essential, and Pittsburgh preserved it better then a pilot forced to crash land on the Hudson River. Mother Earth had viciously carpet bombed us all afternoon with heat. "Bliss" let us forget about that war she had been raging; what's a little rain? Sorry we stabbed you awhile back, seems like you're doing better. Can we get back to mercilessly beating you into submission? Thanks. Through the power of music we once more conquered nature. The rain was held back not once, not twice, but numerous times. As the energy swelled between the sound waves, people in the parking lot pondered what they had missed. Thick pitches and notes melted into our ears in a nuclear fashion; not even the strongest Chernobyl q-tip could contain it. Sweet release for Mother Nature as the stage died. We welcomed it. Somehow Tom Petty had just held back the only force capable of topping mankind on the food chain, nature. Despite one of the most fantastic pieces of electric sound, it appeared that she had won. Slogging through rain, many returned to a somber bus crowd. The ride home was quiet, and barely a sound was uttered about the concert. Some guy in the front nodded off into oblivion and as "American Girl" transcended the cries for restrooms, he smiled. He knew the show had lodged itself somewhere in their brain folds. Maybe it just took until Tuesday to write about it...
fox520's picture

TP and Hearbreakers have never disappointed me yet...don't think they ever will. As always, they seem to top the last time I saw them. Party bus with 26 including all three of my kids. Who woulda thought when i fist saw them back in the late 70's I would have three kids all grown up and loving TP and the boys as much as my wife and i do. Even converted some old Bruce fans who have never seen the band before. Thanks TP and Heartbreakers, can't wait until you come back again.
bill4080's picture

It was one of the best Tom Petty shows I've seen. There was a lot of speculation , as to how much of the new album he would play. I thought it was the perfect mix, they played all of the T P & HB standards,and a few of the new tunes, which are very good. As always he was the consumate showman, taking his share of the spotlight, yet letting the other band members shine as they each displayed their talents.They played to the crowd well. The audience participation was spot on, singing the choruses, loud enough to be heard in Ohio, then almost deathly quiet during Petty's soliloquies. We got to enjoy the show under a full moon, then a gentle cooling rain. I give it 3-1/2 stars, the torrential downpour, on the way back to the bus, was the only downside
jashbaugh's picture

This was by far the best concert ive ever seen wonderful crowd and a wonderful show ill never forget it! Was lucky enough to be in the 4th row from the stage and so glad to have been there! Thank You!
jdbrittonjr's picture

First off let me start by saying i'm more of a hard rock/heavy metal guy. My 16 year old daughter loves Tom Petty so i surprised her with tickets. She had an awesome time,,,,,and so did her Dad!!!!!Probably the coolest show i have ever been too. Great music, great performance. I will definatly see Mr. Petty anytime he comes around from now. i was so pumped that i even got a t shirt on my way out the door. the only problem is i think it had a crease in it when they printed it and it's screwed up! So if anyone can help me with a new one, please get ahold of me. But over all, one of the best shows i've ever seen and i've seen many
parrylarry's picture

We drove 100 miles to see the show. Tom and the Heartbreakers were great. It never rained hard enough to get us really wet. Great show.
campfan's picture

Good pics....The Tom pics are awesome.....Mike lookin' good!
rats's picture

Lost count of how many times ive seen Tom and the Heartbreakers but I took my daughter to her second show and she loved it and is a big fan.Her first concert was 2008 when she was 17 and her brother was just 13.He wasnt able to make it this time because he is fighting cancer.His fight song is I wont back down so when it was played last night we called him and he got to hear it.So we all had big smiles on our faces.Thank you TP and the Heartbreakers,keep on rocking
danielle420's picture

Went to Tom Petty Last night at First Niagra! Freakin Awesome ! Best Freakin show I've ever seen you r the Greatest! First Time seein Tom in Concert N would Highly recomend goin again would'nt miss it for the world! Thank you Tom Petty n the Heartbreakers!
gaily927's picture

Can't wait for tonights show. I KNOW that I will not be dissappointed. I've seen Petty every time he came here and always leave saying "They ARE THE BEST!!!" Have a special request for "Learning to Fly" to go out to the Blough family in memory of Johnny Blough who was 15 yrs. old and killed in a car accident by a drunk driver. He was an avid Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers fan (Somerthing we had in common). They played "Learning to Fly" at his funeral service. We are all coming to see you tonight to have the best time of our life and honor Johnny. We're sure he'll be there "round the clouds". Please dedicate this song to him, it would mean so much!! Absolutely CANNOT WAIT for tonights show!! WE ALL LOVE YOU!!!!!!
alc's picture

Supposed to be a heat warning for the area till at least 8:00 pm on Saturday. everybody-band (especially Mike) and fans take care to take precautions. As much as I want to see this conncert I'd rather wait for another time than to see any harm done. Keep it cool!
toddwen's picture

she has been a Tom fan for as long as tom has been around, we've seen you 20-25 times so we decided to get front row and bring my 2 daughters who have grown up listening to you 1st time for them and 22 yrs this month for my wife & i, I had the courdaroy pants and she was at the dance i have pictures hope mike is up and running and the show is the best yet.
reuse_art_man's picture

Tom, Ron, Mike, Benmont, Scott, Steve, if yinz guys wanna come check out an awesome warehouse performance venue filled with cool art then hit me up. Been to every Pittsburgh show since early 2000. I'll be there with 25 strong for another great one!
firstschool's picture

We can't wait for your show at First Niagra this Saturday! The show in 2008 rocked, our first TP concert. I'm looking forward to hearing some of the new Mojo singles along with the classics. I would love to hear Kings Highway, Breakdown, and something more obscure like Runaway Trains or One Story Town. Mike is the man for finishing the show in Missouri. Hope you're better we will see you tear it up on Saturday! T & J
champagne_cheryl_2's picture

I HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST TP FAN SINCE 1979 AND HAVE SEEN HIM IN CONCERT EVERY TIME HE COMES ON TOUR. THIS YEAR HAS BEEN VERY DISAPPOINTING. I BOUGHT TICKETS FOR 5/22 SHOW AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL IN LA TO CELEBRATE MY ANNIVERSARY AND THE SHOW WAS CANCELLED. I THEN PURCHASED THREE MOJO TICKETS FOR BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER AND FLEW FROM LA TO CLEVELAND TO GO TO SHOW WITH MY SISTER WHO LIVES IN OHIO AND THAT SHOW WAS CANCELLED. I LEAVE TO GO BACK TO LA ON SUNDAY 7/25 AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE TP IN PITTSBURGH ON 7/24. I CANNOT TRAVEL BACK TO OHIO ON 8/31 T0 SEE THE RESCHEDULED SHOW. I AM HOPING THE PROMOTER OR SOMEONE FROM THE BAND GETS THIS COMMENT AND CAN HELP ME TO GET TO THE SHOW. I HAD THIRD ROW CENTER STAGE AT BLOSSOM. HOW DISAPPOINTING TO FLY 2500 MILES AND LEAVE WITHOUT SEEING TP AGAIN!!!
mlr525's picture

When we got married our first dance was to WILDFLOWERS, I have not listened to it since that day(6-24-06) in hopes we would get to dance to it again...LIVE!
lilbrolulu's picture

How do you findout what the set list is going to b?? Also, if there is anyway you guys could play "Honey Bee" that would be the bestest!!
jetcrt's picture

We and our sons have always said if TPATH ever came to town, we would go see them. You couldn't pick a better year to be in Pittsburgh! our youngest son graduated high school this year and this is our gift to him. We even included "the Great Wide Open" in a video montage of him that we made for his grad party. the whole family is so excited for this chance! This will be both our sons first concert. Been counting down the days since June. See you Saturday - - YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
donq's picture

Dear Tom and Heartbreakers,i hope Mike is well, i bought tickets to blossom in ohio and got royally screwed on hampton motel room they would not comp or refund,oh well.i paid for room in march. i also bought tickets to pittsburgh show for july 24.now for my sincere request please invite a band other than drive by truckers to aug 31 show at blossom this band is more suited for a phish concert, no disrespect intended to them but at least get csny or zz top , thank you very much
staci816's picture

I saw you in 2005 and was so thrilled to hear Handle With Care. Could you guys play it again? Thanks for considering...and for having the DBT open. I can NOT wait for this show! :)
corndogman's picture

If you may,could you please consider playing into the great wide open, I know that im sure your not going to read this but it doesnt hurt to try . thank you. ps ROCK ON
mandrews's picture

COULD YOU PLEASE PLAY KINGS HIGHWAY THANKS
dikshuulis's picture

Hi Tom(& HBs), been checking out the playlists for 2 upcoming shows (PIT & BUF). Loving the selections, but if you're looking for a suggestion or two: Square One, Something Good, Rhino Skin (or anything from Echo). Rock On! R
magnolia_tangerine's picture

im hoping someone somewhere out there can make a request to hear " The Wild One, Forever" My husband and I also recently got married and that was the song he played right after he proposed. and was also the song we danced our first dance together. very sentimental. and i would love to hear our favorite band sing our favorite song!! we love you petty!!!!
laurabell's picture

The last time TPHB was in Pittsburgh, they did not perform Breakdown. Here's hoping they do this time!
tinas's picture

If someone is reading this that has influence on the song list or passing along info. Please play "A Face in the Crowd" or "Alright for now". My husband and I just got married on April 17th and "A Face in the Crowd" was our wedding song and "Alright for Now" was the last song. I would be SO grateful!!!