Watch “Free Fallin’” and “American Girl” From Tom Petty’s Final Show
From Guitar Player’s website, I thought this might be appreciated this afternoon.
Last winter, after watching the excellent 2007 documentary Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin’ Down a Dream on Netflix, I decided it was finally time to see Tom Petty in concert; somehow, I’d managed to stupidly “avoid it” for decades.
So, as soon has the band’s 2017 tour dates were announced, I “obtained” tickets to their July 1 show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. It was billed as a 40th-anniversary, career-spanning tour, so the timing seemed perfect.
While I honestly didn’t dig the whole jam-band vibe (the 13-minute performance of “It’s Good to Be King” was about 6.75 minutes too long—and you can apply that same formula to all the night’s extended jams—and there were many), it was a fine concert, full of fine playing on fine-looking guitar after fine-looking guitar.