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TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS IN CONCERT:As pioneers of heartland rock in the late-'70s, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers championed a no-frills, guitar-driven sound that set them apart from the increasingly technology-oriented approach of much of the era's pop music. Today Tom Petty & Co. are as relatable as ever, treating fans to their classic songs about working class issues and everyday American life with a passion and flair that belie their years. Whether Petty is dancing across the stage with a pair of maracas or lending his iconic voice to hits like "American Girl" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance," he and the band never fail to electrify at their live shows, and their 2014 tour dates with special guest Steve Winwood will be no different. BACKGROUND SNAPSHOT:After playing in several other Gainesville, FL bands in the early-'70s, Tom Petty formed the Heartbreakers in 1976. The band's self-titled debut initially failed to gain traction in the US, but American audiences eventually caught wind of its popularity in the UK, leading to the 1978 re-release of early single "Breakdown" to a Top 40 spot. In 1979 the band scored their true US breakthrough with the hits "Refugee" and "Don't Do Me Like That," That", the latter becoming their first Top 10 hit. A series of successful albums followed in the '80s, earning the band an impressive string of hits as well as a supporting slot on Bob Dylan's '86/87 True Confessions world tour. Their chart run continued in the '90s with No. 1's like "Learning to Fly" and "You Don't Know How It Feels", which earned Petty a Grammy in 1996 for Best Rock Vocal Performance. Nearly four decades after their debut, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will continue to treat fans to their exceptional live show on their latest tour.FANS WHO BOUGHT TICKETS SAY:"A great walk down memory lane. The Heartbreakers played like they were all still 30 years old. Tom Petty can really belt those songs out. Rock on!""The show was awesome. Tom Petty was amazing and the Heartbreakers rocked! I would love to see the whole show again!""The show was excellent with a great mix of old, new, and some obscure/rarely heard tracks. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers never disappoint."

Reviews

Awesome!!! I wish I could go again!!!!!

5 stars
Hollie88 Prudential center, Newwark

It was such a great show, the songs are still in my head!!!! I want to go again! They were great!!!!

ELECTRIC!

5 stars
DoctorZoom Prudential Center, Newark

The electricity and connection between the band and the audience was amazing. Only other artists I've seen that have this type of connection are Springsteen and U2. Band, set-list and vocals were all outstanding. Wish I would have seen TP prior to this (only time was for No Nukes in 1979 where he was one of several acts). Crowd was really into the show - all ages! I enjoyed it so much I plan to go see them in Philly next month.

5 stars
Dettra Schottenstein Center, Columbus

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers were amazing!!! I would go again in a heartbeat.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers excellent!!

5 stars
thlyns1224 Prudential Center, Newark

The show started at 9:15 and lasted till 11:10. They played all the songs that I wanted to hear and also his solo numbers. The sound was excellent and even though I was all the back in section 205 and with the screens the view was very good. Would recommend seeing Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers when they come around!!

It was a special night

5 stars
BillyD3 Prudential Center, Newark

It was a special night at the Barclay's Center in Newark. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are an essential part of American Musical history and they proved that their skills remain relevant today. Tom Petty was in great voice and he and the entire band brought down the house song after song. They thanked the audience for their applause multiple times but the thanks go both ways. Thank you Tom Petty and The Hearbreakers for the sacrifices you have made the past 40 years to enable you to continue to still perform and entertain at the highest level of excellence musically and in spirt that left the audience leaving the show with broad smiles from the fun they had at your show.