Tom Petty’s 40th Anniversary Tour kicks off in Florida with rock legend Joe Walsh.
– review of the show at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater (Wellington).
It was the first show in Florida for Tom Petty’s 40th anniversary tour and the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre was sold out to see the rock legends. With Tom Petty hailing from Gainesville, Floridians seem to love him like he’s their own. Still, regardless of the ties to the state, Petty was proud to announce this was a 100% human rock concert with no corporate sponsors.
But, before he helmed the stage, Joe Walsh, the former Eagles guitarist, put on a great show himself. With a catalog of countless hits, Walsh led the sing-along to fan-favorites like Take It To The Limit, In The City, Life’s Been Good and Rocky Mountain Way. It was awesome to see that age hasn’t really slowed him down; his singing and guitar play was just stellar. Adding to the effect, Walsh was decked out with a large group of backup singers, lasers and a disco ball.
By the time Tom Petty came to the stage, the crowd was already an uproar and even his small grin toward them seemed to set their jubilation off on overdrive. He began his anthology with the first song off his first album, Rockin’ Around (With You), then played 16 more songs, including: Mary Jane’s Last Dance, You Don’t Know How It Feels, Don’t Come Around Here No More, Learning, To Fly and Refugee. However, like any great artist, the audience wanted more and Petty delivered a two song encore of You Wreck Me and American Girl. The crowd absolutely loved Tom Petty and The Heartbreaker’s set and stood and sang for most, if not all of the concert. At times, the crowd sang louder than Tom.
Just an incredible night of rock and roll. Young, old…everybody was united. There was drinking, smoking and plenty of partying; it reminded me of the way concerts used to be, no gimmicks, just pure, fun, rock and roll music.