Wednesday, 12 July 2017

CAUGHT LIVE: TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS @ HYDE PARK

The tinder dry turf of London's iconic Hyde Park was the the place to be on Sunday 9th July as Yours Truly KJS completed my trio of Wilbury gigs as "A Face In the Crowd" at the final Barclaycard  British Summer Time date this Summer in complete awe of a quite magnificent Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers performance and a most sublime Stevie Nicks set.
Preceded by music media darlings The Shelters and The Lumineers, the prospect of seeing the Fleetwood Mac songstress again - this time in her own right - as well as the legend who is another of my long time musical heroes Tom Petty in the flesh after so many years of waiting meant that this long, hot day was much looked forward to, especially having also reviewed gigs by both Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne too for elobeatlesforever (elobf) in the last two months.

Before TP came Stevie Nicks and her stellar fifteen song roster covering her career from Buckingham Nick's "Crying In The Night" through "Bella Donna" and "The Wild Heart" solo classics to 2011's "Moonlight (A Vampire Dream)", sprinkled too with Fleetwood Mac gems including "Rhiannon", "Landslide" and "Dreams". I loved hearing the likes of "Edge Of Seventeen" and "Stand Back" live but the surreal "Gypsy" stole the show for me.
And what of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers? Celebrating their 40th anniversary and dropping into Hyde Park for their only European date, the band surpassed their renowned live reputation  in front of the 65,000 adoring onlookers by delivering what can only be described as a world class nineteen song snapshot of their four decades of success, bookending the concert with "Rockin' Around (With You)" and (of course) "American Girl" from their 1976 self-titled debut long player. In between, we were thrilled to hear a set dominated by the albums "Wildflowers" and the Jeff Lynne aided "Full Moon Fever" yet with subtle dips into eight other releases including an inspired acoustic "Learning To Fly", a splendid trip with "Don't Come Around Here No More" and anthemic rockers "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and "Refugee" also memorable moments. It was the quartet of songs from "Full Moon Fever"  - "I Won't Back Down", "Yer So Bad", "Free Fallin'" and "Runnin' Down A Dream" - that thrilled this writer alongside a surprise, rare duet with the returning Stevie Nicks of "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around". I had to pinch myself again that I was actually there hearing these tunes performed by TP and his Heartbreakers, such was my delight. Having written so many reviews for elobf down the years, this one truly deserves the adjectives fantastic and amazing as well as a place amongst my most fave gigs ever!
Photo courtesy of Sir Neil Keighery ...
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers performed: "Rockin' Around (With You)" ~ "Mary Jane's Last Dance" ~ "You Don't Know How It Feels" ~ "Forgotten Man" ~ "I Won't Back Down" ~ "Free Fallin'" ~ "Walls" ~ "Don't Come Around Here No More" ~ "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (with Stevie Nicks) ~ "It's Good To Be King" ~ "Crawling Back To You" ~ "Wildflowers" ~ "Learning To Fly" ~ "Yer So Bad" ~ "I Should Have Known It" ~ "Refugee" ~ "Runnin' Down A Dream" ~ "You Wreck Me" ~ "American Girl"
Find out more about Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Stevie Nicks via these links thus:

www.tompetty.com   www.stevienicksofficial.com

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Stevie Nicks to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy Wood, The Traveling WilburysThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 12-July-2017

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