On The Road supporting the new release “Mojo”, [lastfm]Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers[/lastfm] stopped in Dallas at the Superpages.com center Tuesday night along with some good ‘ol Texas boys – [lastfm]ZZ Top[/lastfm]. [pullquote quote=”Well – how ya’ doin’ tonight” credit=”Tom Petty”]
“Well – how ya’ doin’ tonight” said the 59 year old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer as he addressed the crowd in Dallas on a steamy September night. With the full moon shining down on the lawn, [lastfm]Tom Petty[/lastfm] and his solid bandmembers, [lastfm]The Heartbreakers[/lastfm], brought the “Mojo” to Texas. [photogallerylink id=25750]
Speaking to the die-hard Petty show veterans around me, many wondered which version of Tom would be revealed. Would it be the folksy side from his days with The Traveling Willburys, the funky Mad Hatter type character from his early MTV video days, or the once feared slurring Petty that a few had experienced and been discouraged by in recent years?
To all of our satisfaction it was a playful, dancing and spot-on Tom Petty that bounced across the stage during the opening song “Listen To Her Heart”.
It was easy to tell that Tom was not ready for the Texas heat as he quickly stripped off his overcoat as the Heartbreakers launched into “You Don’t Know How it Feels”, but he quickly recovered and got into the spirit by dancing along with the audience – arms extended wide as his signature Richenbacher guitar dangled from his neck.
The music was note for note perfect while Tom’s vocals were clear and unwavering. They poured through several hits that kept the crowd moving and singing: “Won’t Back Down” and as Tom said “here’s one for the ladies” you hear the signature opening guitar chords to “Free Fallin’”.
Petty even pulled out an often forgotten track from 1991 “Kings Highway” and nailed it with ease followed by the classic “Breakdown”. But he’s on tour for a reason, promoting the new release “Mojo”. Kicked off by a blistering guitar/harmonica combo they pushed out the new track “Jefferson Jehricho Blues” with had a nice Cajun-blues feel that got the crowd up and moving. The new music kept going with the slow and sexy “Good Enough” that included a blistering solo by Heartbreakers own Mike Campbell. “Running Mans Bible” sounded like a song straight out of an Oliver Stone movie – dark and catchy. They wrapped up the new song list with the stop-and-go hit “I Should Have Known It” .
The crowd seemed to be losing steam from hearing song after song of the new “Mojo” release, but he quickly reeled them back in with soft guitar-piano opening to the classic “Learning To Fly”. It was hit time again and the crowd was up as they finished out the night with the classics, “Don’t Come Around Here” and “Refugee”. The encore included the classic “Running Down a Dream” and the Tom Petty standard “American Girl”.