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Keeping rock and roll dreams alive with Tom Petty at the Wells Fargo Center

Tom Petty | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Tom Petty | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

If you told me that a dude who’s about to turn 64 was capable of drawing 20,000 Philadelphians out to the Wells Fargo center (that’s right, the place that unabashedly charges about $8.00 for a slice of Lorenzo’s pizza that would normally run you $3.00, but I’m not bitter) on a Monday night during an Eagles game no less, I’d crack a smile and say, “good one”. But that joke is a reality and that dude is Tom Petty, a man who is undoubtedly the world’s most offhand rockstar. But Petty wasn’t alone in his blithe glory; his quintessential almost all-American (drummer Steve Ferrone hails from Brighton, England) backing band, The Heartbreakers, was not just equally old, but equally killin’. Continue reading →

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Tom Petty headlining Wells Fargo Center in September

Tom Petty | Photo by John Vettese
Tom Petty | Photo by John Vettese

Journeyman rocker Tom Petty just announced a summer tour with his long running band The Heartbreakers in support of the new Hypnotic Eye, out July 29th on Reprise Records. The album, says David Fricke of Rolling Stone, is “Petty’s decisive return to the concise Sixties-rock classicism and drive of his first great New Wave-era albums, 1976′s Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and 1978′s You’re Gonna Get It.”

The tour brings them to Philadelphia on September 15th to headline Wells Fargo Center with Steve Winwood. Tickets for the show go on sale May 31st at noon. Below, sample some of the new album as a playful Petty offers a taste of the album on vinyl, and watch a couple of songs from the band’s set from last year’s Firefly music festival.

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Do you think he’s still sexy? Rod Stewart playing Wells Fargo Center on April 6th with Steve Winwood

We don’t have any doubt that the recently announced Fleetwood Mac show at Wells Fargo on April 6th doesn’t have the potential for a night of awesome classic rockness. But here’s one we’re cautiously optimistic about – Rod Stewart with Steve Winwood at the Wells Fargo Center on April 12th. Here’s why: very likely we’re going to get the shmaltzy, cheesier side of Rod The Mod. We’re less concerned about Steve Winwood; he’s yet to record any middle of the road collections of cover songs so we’ll probably get a solid set of the Winwood/Traffic classics. For Rod, the cut off point for us stops with 1978′s Blondes Have More Fun. If Rod comes with a healthy dose of Faces and early solo material we’re going to the show. We’ll be okay with “Do You Think I’m Sexy,” and “Tonight’s The Night.” But ultimately it’s all about the set list, right? One thing we can be sure of: regardless of the set list you’re going to get a great show as Rod is the consummate performer and we’re pretty sure he’ll rock just enough hits in the show to keep everyone happy. Go here to purchase tickets to the show. Below, relive the past.

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