Tom Petty 8/20/05

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What can I say? Tom Petty is a legend. I’m pretty sure a lot of “older” music I like is because of my exposure to it through my dad. He always had music playing so I think I absorbed it subconsciously and in some cases really got to liking and appreciating it. In the case of Tom Petty I really started getting into it with his Greatest Hits album released in 1993. There is not one bad song on that album. I’m sure there are plenty more gems hiding on his full-length albums but at the time of this writing I am saving the exploration “for a rainy day.” It’s like having new music on tap from an older artist whenever I decide for it to be.

I went to this show with a girl I was seeing at the time, her friend and her friend’s boyfriend. We had lawn “seats” which lack in view but make up for in vibe. There seems to be more of a “community” type of feel to the lawn. All I remember of the Black Crowes is “She Talks to Angels” but I’ve never really been a fan of their music. While Tom Petty is not the most energetic person I have ever seen perform, the music was on point. You could tell the band were actually enjoying themselves playing all the hits, which made a huge difference. I was disappointed they did not play “You Got Lucky,” but “Breakdown” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream” were huge for me.

SETLIST: Listen to Her Heart, You Don’t Know How It Feels, Breakdown, Don’t Do Me Like That, Free Fallin’, I Won’t Back Down, Mary Jane’s Last Dance, I’m Crying (The Animals cover), Handle With Care (Traveling Wilburys cover), Honey Bee, Melinda, Learning to Fly, Don’t Come Around Here No More, Refugee, Runnin’ Down a Dream, You Wreck Me, Gloria, American Girl

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