Petty, Heartbreakers solid in sold-out Indy show
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – In front of a sold-out crowd at Klipsch Music Center on Saturday, June 15, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers put on a solid show, playing most of the band’s iconic songs spanning over three decades.
“Nice to be back in Indiana,” Petty said before segueing into the band’s third number of the night, “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” which prominently name drops the Hoosier State in the song.
“You don’t have to be home early, do ya?” Petty asked the crowd of about 24,500. “Maybe pay the babysitter something extra.”
The band moved confidently through a set list that included most their singles, some of Petty’s solo hits and a song from his time in the late-80s supergroup, the Traveling Wilburys: “Tweeter and the Monkey Man.”
It was a performance that lacked long, indulgent instrumental solos.
The band crammed a lot of music into the two-hour performance, opening with The Byrds' “So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star” before moving into “Love is a Long Road” from Petty’s first solo album, 1989’s “Full Moon Fever.”
The show moved briskly and with only light banter from Petty.
“If you missed the 70s, it’s OK. It’s kind of like the 80s,” 62-year-old Petty said before the band began “Listen to Her Heart” from the band’s 1977 self-title first album.
“Yer so Bad,” “I Should have Known it” and “Refugee,” were included in the set list. The band capped its official set of the night with “Running Down a Dream” before exiting for a short break before an encore.
“We were told off stage that this is the largest crowd ever assembled here – and the loudest,” Petty told the crowd before launching into the last song of the two-song encore, “American Girl," also from the band’s debut album.
“I guess we'll leave you where we started.”