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Tom Petty plays biggest hits and deep cuts on new tour

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Talk about a crowd-pleasing show, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are leaving casual fans and diehards breathless with a pitch-perfect setlist on their opening night gigs.

Petty and the crew are out on the road in celebration of their 40th anniversary and underlined the point by opening with the practically never performed 1976 debut deep cut "Rockin' Around (With You)." Petty & The Heartbreakers are dipping into both their recent releases and Petty solo classics during the show and wowing the crowd with such iconic hits as "You Got Lucky," "I Won't Back Down," "Free Fallin'," "Walls," "Don't Come Around Here No More," "Learning To Fly," "Refugee," "Runnin' Down A Dream," "You Wreck Me," and "American Girl," among others.

Tom Petty explained what he believes sets the Heartbreakers' brand of rock apart from many other bands: "So much about this music is about feel as opposed to, say, technique. Technique is great, but it will never substitute for feel. And that's what the Heartbreakers and I are striving for. So that you feel it and you believe it."

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers North American tour dates (subject to change):

April 25 - Nashville, TN - Bridgesone Arena
April 27 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
April 29 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 2 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
May 5 - West Palm Beach, FL - Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
May 6 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
May 8 - Memphis, TN - FedEx Forum
May 10 - Champaign, IL - StateFarm Center
May 12 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
May 13 - Indianapolis, IN - Klipsch Music Center
May 27 - Napa, CA - BottleRock Napa Valley at Napa Valley Exposition
May 29, 30 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 2 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
June 3 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
June 5 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena
June 7 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
June 9 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena
June 10 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
June 12 - Cincinnati, OH - US Bank Arena
June 14 - Hartford, CT - XFINITY Theatre
June 16 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
June 24 - Pasadena, CA - Arroyo Seco Weekend at Brookside Golf Course
June 29 - Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field
July 1 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Arena
July 2 - Canandaigua, NY - CMAC Performing Arts Center
July 5, 6 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest at Marcus Marcus Amphitheater
July 15 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Center
July 18 - Clarkson, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 20, 21 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
July 23 - Baltimore, MD - Royal Farms Arena
July 26, 27 - Queens, NY - Forest Hills Stadium
July 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
August 17 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena     
August 19 - Seattle, WA - Safeco Field

Side Notes:

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' setlist - April 22nd, 2017 - Dallas, Texas (via Setlist.FM)

"Rockin' Around (With You)"
"Mary Jane's Last Dance"
"You Don't Know How It Feels"
"Forgotten Man"
"You Got Lucky"
"I Won't Back Down"
"Free Fallin'"
"Walls"
"Don't Come Around Here No More"
"It's Good To Be King"
"Time To Move On"
"Wildflowers"
"Learning To Fly"
"Yer So Bad"
"I Should Have Known It"
"Refugee"
"Runnin' Down A Dream"

Encore:

"You Wreck Me"
"American Girl"


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Tom Petty's interest in music began at age ten when he met Elvis Presley. In the summer of 1961, his uncle was working on the set of Presley's film Follow That Dream in nearby Ocala, Florida, and invited Petty to come down and watch the shoot. He instantly became an Elvis Presley fan and traded his Wham-O slingshot for a collection of Elvis 45s

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