Tom Petty and Steve Winwood Hypnotize and Dazzle Gorge Crowd

Petty 4Concert Review:

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with Steve Winwood
Venue: The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA – August 15, 2014

 

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers hypnotized the fans that came to the Gorge Amphitheatre for an evening of new and classic rock and roll.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are on tour to promote their new #1 Album “HYPNOTIC EYE”. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers kicked off the show with an outstanding version of The Byrds classic tune “So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star. This band has made this song theirs, paying tribute to the 12-string Rickenbacker styling made famous by Roger McGuinn.

Throughout the evening’s performance, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers dazzled the audience playing such TP classics as “I Won’t Back Down”, “Free Fallin” and “Yer So Bad” to name just a few. New songs from the new album were highlighted as well. “American Dream Plan B”, “Shadow People” and “U Get Me High” fit right into their tight set. Another nice surprise was the cover performance of The Traveling Wilburys song “Tweeter and the Monkey Man”.

The crowd was on there feet the entire show and sang to every classic song, especially during “Learning To Fly” when Tom led the crowd into a sing-a-long euphoria. It’s the kind of experience that gives you the chills, when performer and adoring fans are all enjoying that special moment.

No fancy fireworks, just straightforward rock ‘n’ roll with a passion that makes for a concert where you can never get enough. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are truly one of America’s greatest rock bands with a loyal fan base that travels the country to see them.

Opening the show was none other than Steve Winwood, who on his own right is considered a true musical genius. A respected innovator, Steve Winwood was with the Spencer Davis group at the age of 15 back in 1963. Steve Winwood also co-founded Traffic in 1967 and later formed Blind Faith with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker in 1969. Steve Winwood has been successful with his solo career, recording and performing for over five decades.

Steve Winwood played an energetic set of his classics including “I’m A Man”, “Can’t Find My Way Back Home”, “Higher Love”, “Dear Mr. Fantasy” and “Gimmie Some Lovin’”.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with Steve Winwood are touring across North America through October. If you want to catch a true American Rock band at its peak, don’t miss these guys when they hit your town.

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About Peter Dervin

Peter Dervin Bio I was born in Los Angeles, raised on BOSS Radio KHJ 930AM listening to the Real Don Steele, grew up listening to Dr. Demento on KMET 94.7, graduated to Rodney Bengenheimer on KROQ-FM. Started collecting records in high school, I haven’t stopped. Moved to the Northwest in 1989. Became a disc jockey and program host on 90.7 KSER in Everett, I was there for 18 years. Owned a record shop from 1993-1995 called Orbit Records. Mike McCready from Pearl Jam bought a PJ 45 from me. I wrote music reviews for a monthly called “The Taste of Everett”. I was Editor of a trade publication called the “Northwest Landscape Professional” I had always been photographing at the concerts I’ve attended. In 2010, the Grateful Dead used my photos from 1980 on a Road Trips CD release. I then began the journey of taking my photography to the next level. I have photographed a who’s who of musicians, bands and artists. From Los Lobos to DEVO and everything in between. You can see my portfolio at www.peterdervin.com. I am excited to be working with the folks at Northwest Music Scene, American Rock Scene and American Blues Scene.