Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers brought their 40th-anniversary tour to Red Rocks Tuesday, May 30, 2017, wrapping up a sold-out, two-night engagement at the iconic venue. Marking four decades of extraordinary live performances and innumerable hits, Tom Petty has proven himself to be true rock royalty. Tuesday night’s show also featured another rock icon on the bill, Joe Walsh. The so-called “Clown Prince of rock and roll" got the evening moving with humor and insanely great guitar work. There was nothing average about what “Average Joe” shared with this audience: “Ordinary Average Guy” and “Take it to the Limit,” to name just a couple of songs, set the tone for the set and the rest of this fantastic event.
In many ways, Tom Petty’s music defies classification; like Petty himself, it just doesn’t age. Spanning across four decades, songs like "American Girl,” “Mary Jane's Last Dance,” and “Free Fallin'” are still fresh and user-friendly. The Tuesday night show did indeed have an electric vibe to it. The weather threatened about midway through the set and caused a brief rain and lightning delay but settled down quickly as Petty & the Heartbreakers stepped back on stage “Swingin’.”
Tom Petty’s stage presence is as unique as ever; it’s as if he just stopped in for a surprise visit and decided to stay awhile and have a hell of a good time. That’s just what he did Tuesday night at Red Rocks, and that is just what he gave to those lucky enough to be there. “I’d hug every one of you if I could,” Petty said, before closing out the encore with “American Girl.” That sentiment was no doubt reciprocated throughout the venue. Be sure to check out the photo gallery above to catch a glimpse of the proceedings. To further celebrate their 40th anniversary, the band has released two career-spanning box sets, you can check them out here.
You can catch up with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with Joe Walsh June 2 at the Sprint Center Kansas City, MO and then with Peter Wolf on to July 26 & 27 at Forest Hills Stadium, Queens, NY. Get tickets for these events here on AXS.com. For a complete listing of tour dates check the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers website. Keep up with all the current news about Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers here on AXS.com.