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Just Announced: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers bring 40th anniversary tour to Wells Fargo Center

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

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers just announced a 40th anniversary tour that kicks off on April 20th in Oklahoma City, rolls through the United States and cruises through Philadelphia on July 1st for a show at the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets are on sale Friday, December 16th at 10 a.m. Continue reading →

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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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Firefly Day Two Roundup: Jim James, Edward Sharpe, Chvrches and more

Jim James | Photo by John Vettese
Jim James | Photo by John Vettese
Wow, we saw so many bands at day two of Firefly Music Festival! To keep this recap from getting too unwieldy (since there’s a whole other day of the festival to get to), we’ll keep our thoughts to one or two sentences per artist.

Japandroids: two-piece garage punk is dicey in a festival setting, and the sound was muffled and muddy, but “The House that Heaven Built” ruled. Hi fives to all crowd surfers as they exited the pit.

Seattle’s string-laden Hey Marseilles was lush, pretty, but kind of boring. The handclap / crowd-participatory “Rio” saved their set.

Jim JamesRegions of Light was transcendent in the close quarters of Johnny Brenda’s and Union Transfer; it lost a bit of its cosmic potency in open air. But James is still a tremendous performer, showman, dancer and must have been roasting in that suit with the afternoon heat.

Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar was an energizing stage presence and had the crowd hanging on his every rhyme. Scotland dance pop trio Chvrches was also charismatic and fun (see them at Union Transfer tonight) while Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros got us excited for our own festival.

Next: a double shot of dynamic front women. Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs has always rocked the stage with an unbelievable energy, whether it was the Church basement for 300 people or this festival for 10,000 people; “Zero” was unreal, the inflatable eyeball bouncing around the crowd was a nice touch. And New York rapper Azealia Banks, backed by a DJ and two dancers, gave a spitfire performance of songs from her 1991 EP, her Fantasy mixtape and the (eventually) forthcoming Broke With Expensive Taste.

Finally, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers headlined the day with an uneven but well-received performance. The singalong hits and moments where the Heartbreakers stayed focused a la “Love is a Long Road” were outstanding, but when the band lapsed into drivelly jams, not so much. Still, there’s no feeling like singing “Free Fallin'” at the top of your lungs with a field of people. Photos after the jump. Continue reading →