Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 05.12.17

Petty can still command a crowd, with a style of heartland rock that shines above more modern styles.

Tom Petty in St. Louis, photo courtesy

w/special guest Joe Walsh
Scottrade Center, St. Louis

Singer, songwriter, actor, and producer Tom Petty brought his soul brothers the Heartbreakers back to St. Louis Friday night. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the hit-making machine has hit the open road, bringing their heartland style of rock to the masses.

One of the best-selling recording artists of all time, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have sold over 80 million records worldwide. The band has achieved many chart-topping singles, including duets with artists like Stevie Nicks (an honorary Heartbreaker) and contributions to bands like The Travelin’ Wilburys. After more than 40 years in the music business, the 66-year-old singer still packs a whopping crowd. They have come a long way from their meager beginnings in 1976, back in their home town of Gainesville, Florida.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (Petty was inducted in 2002) was not short on the hits. As he kicked off the set with set-opener and first-ever single “Walkin’ around with You,” the sold-out crowd roared in pleasure. From chart-topper to chart-topper, fans were treated to tunes like “Last Dance with Mary Jane,” “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” and his mega ballad, “Free Fallin’.” A crowd pleasing version of “Don’t Come around Here No More” was a highlight.

Petty can still command a crowd, with a style of heartland rock that shines above more modern styles. Ever true to his art, he proved once again that classic rock is here to stay.

Opening the show was the legendary rocker and former Eagles member Joe Walsh. As he offered up hit singles like “In the City,” “Life’s Been Good,” and fan favorite “Rocky Mountain Days,” the audience welcomed him with open arms. Backed by a stellar band, his performance was impeccable. | Marc Farr

North American tour dates are below.

05.27 | Bottlerocket, Napa CA
05.29-30 | Red Rocks, Morrison CO
06.02 | Sprint Center, Kansas City
06.03 | Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul MN
06.05 | Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines
06.07 | Schottstein Center, Columbus OH
06.09 | PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh
06.10 | Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
06.12 | US Bank Arena, Cincinnati
06.14 | Xfinity Center, Hartford CT
06.16 | Prudential Center, Newark NJ
06.17 | Mountain Jam Festival, Hunter Mountain NY
06.24 | Arroyo SECO Weekend, Pasadena CA
06.29 | Wrigley Field, Chicago
07.01 | Wells Fargo Arena, Philadelphia07.02 | Constellation Brands RAC, Canadaigua NY
07.05-06 | Summerfest, Milwaukee
07.15 | Air Canada Center, Toronto
07.16 | RBC Ottawa Bluesfest
07.18 | DTE Energy Center, Clarkston MI
07.20-21 | TD Garden, Boston
07.23 | Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore
07.26-27 | Forest Hills Tennis Center, Forest Hills NY
07.29 | Wells Fargo Arena, Philadelphia
08.17 | Pepsi Live at Rodgers Arena, Vancouver BC
08.19 | Safeco Field, Seattle
09.17 | Kaaboo Festival, San Diego

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