Tom Petty - Still got it!
Last night I had the privilege of attending a show at what Petty mentioned is "The greatest rock n' roll arena in the world." According to Fans, this was my 26th visit to MSG and what a special night it was. The legendary, Steve Winwood opened. While the crowd witnessed such classics as "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys," "Dear Mr. Fantasy," and "Gimme Some Lovin," it felt a little flat, probably because the entire crowd was seated during this performance. Petty and the Heartbreakers came out with a town of energy and kept it up all night. They played a mix of hits and new songs. As a big fan of the new album, it was a pleasure to hear these instant classics live for the first time, especially "Shadow People." One of the highlights of the show for me was "Into the Great Wide Open." Petty prefaced the song with banter describing that the band hadn't played this song live for years and that the song was from 1991. "I don't remember much of 1991, but I was there apparently... there's a record from it." Minus a line or two of forgotten lyrics, the song resonated across the area with forceful energy. I loved how engaged and personable Petty was with the crowd between songs. He mentioned his gratitude to play in front of a New York crowd several times and even told brief anecdotes about some of the songs and other band members throughout the night. The real star of the show and the unsung hero behind most of Petty's music was his lead guitarist, Mike Campbell. What a bad ass! He didn't miss a note and delivered like a true rock star. I wouldn't have minded hearing "Breakdown" or "Honey Bee," but I was beyond satisfied. Even as Petty turns 64 next month, he seemed as young as ever. (Found this bottle cap on a Magic Hat a few days ago) SETLIST: So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star Mary Jane's Last Dance American Dream Plan B Into the Great Wide Open Forgotten Man I Won't Back Down Free Fallin' A Woman in Love (It's Not Me) U Get Me High Rebels Two Gunslingers Yer So Bad Learning to Fly Shadow People I Should Have Known It Refugee Runnin' Down a Dream Encore: You Wreck Me (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone American Girl