Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Celebrate 40 Years

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Celebrate 40 Years
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers opened their set at Hunter Mountain in Hunter New York with ‘Rockin’ Around (With You)’ from their 1976 self titled release. The 17-song setlist included critically acclaimed favorites like ‘I won’t Back Down’, ‘Free Ballin’, ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More’, ‘Learning to Fly’, and ‘Running Down a Dream’. The legendary band’s Hunter New York set was concluded with a two-song encore which included Tom Petty’s classic track ‘You Wreck Me’ and Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker’s second single ‘American Girl’.

 

When the iconic rockers announced the current North American Summer tour last year, Tom Petty commented about his reluctance of the band’s future touring plans, “I’m thinking it may be the last trip around the country. It’s very likely we’ll keep playing, but will we take on 50 shows in one tour? I don’t think so. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was thinking this might be the last big one. We’re all on the backside of our 60s. I have a granddaughter now I’d like to see as much as I can. I don’t want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that’s a lot of time.”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are currently on an extensive North American summer tour. With only a few lineup changes which include founding bassist Ron Blair returning in 2002, plus and additional rhythm guitarist Scott Thurston who joined the band in 1991, the current tour is in the midst of the band’s 40th anniversary as a group.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell said he’s been hearing Tom threaten to slow down touring for the past 10 years. Whichever the case, don’t miss out on your chance to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers live. For a full list of remaining dates and ticket info, visit Ticketmaster.com

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