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 Tom Petty
Rocking the USA!

.......America is dazzled by rock stars, but the real magic comes from rock bands. Tom Petty is a rock star. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is a rock band. And a great deal of that particular magic materialize at the Concord Pavilion show Wednesday night. Which comes from a special balance between good music and how to related to their fans. The Heartbreakers have had a long time together to establish themselves as one of the best rock bands in the world. When Tom Petty began his rise to fame, many people wrote him off as just another pale imitation of either Bob Dylan, The Byrds or Bruce Springsteen. Twenty-five years into a career that has defied expectations. Petty had a couple of key factors working in his favor. First Petty has amassed so many hits and beloved album tracks that even a "greatest hits" set did not preclude variety. The lively fans were treated to a visually stunning performance from the rockers whose careers have spanned 30 years. And, while they were looking older, their fans were acting pretty young. The audience that spanned generations from Baby Boomers to Gen X attested to Petty's crossover to a new genre of listeners. He and his band stole the crowd's affection with many of his hits, beginning with "Running Down a Dream." They continued with favorites "Won't Back Down" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance" adding, "You Don't Know How It Feels." Lighters lit up the mountainside as he helped the crowd "Learning to Fly." And the crowd responded by roping Petty back for an encore of "Free Falling" and the staple "American Girl." During Petty's set, the drapes opened to reveal a breathtaking tapestry that looked as though it was taken directly from one of his conceptual music videos - think "Don't Come Around Here No More" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance," . . As exciting as the familiar tunes were the new ones, from a planned October release called ''The Last DJ''; they indicated that Petty has not lost his way around an innovative hook. ''Have Love, Will Travel'' was a mid-tempo rocker with a rootsy chorus that called out for cheers for the boys ''who play rock 'n' roll. They love it like you love Jesus, it does the same thing for their souls.'' Petty's faith in the power of music, akin to Bruce Springsteen's, has never wavered. The other new material succeeded as well. ''Lost Children'' was harder-edged, but with a soft chorus and a Jerry Garcia-esque guitar supplied by Mike Campbell, while ''I Can't Stop the Sun'' combined the moodiness of Petty's ''She's the One'' with a crashing Beatles-influenced chorus. Campbell was a marvel throughout the evening. He has always been an essential ingredient to the Heartbreakers' success, and his playing on the set's apex - a formidable one-two shot of ''Here Comes My Girl'' and ''Even the Losers'' was focused yet earthy enough for the entire band to feed off. Browne opened for Petty and to a warm reception. He played such well-loved classics as "Running on Empty," "The Pretender" "Doctor My Eyes' and his smash hit "Somebody's Baby." Browne mixed it up with acoustic and electric performances

By Randy Cohen

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Set list

Need To Know

I Won’t Back
Down Refugee
Mary Jane’s Last Dance
Here Comes My Girl
Even The Losers
You Don’t Know How It Feels
It’s Good To Be King
Time To Move On
Learning To Fly
Have Love Will Travel
Lost Children
Can't Stop The Sun
You Wreck Me Too Much Ain't Enough
Runnin' Down A Dream ~ ~ ENCORE ~ ~
Free Fallin'
I'm Cryin'
American Girl

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