Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with Steve Winwood rock The Fabulous Forum

2014 Hypnotic Eye TourConcert Review: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with Steve Winwood
Venue: The Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, California
Date: October 10, 2014

Earlier this year I was able to photograph and review Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with Steve Winwood performing at The Gorge in George, Washington. This was at the beginning of their “Hypnotic Eye” Summer Tour across the United States and Canada. This evening’s performance was the night before the last night to wrap it up for 2014 playing to their adopted hometown in Los Angeles.

Personally, this was a homecoming for me too. The first concert I saw at The Fabulous Forum was KISS in 1976. In this old building I’ve seen Paul McCartney and Wings, Queen, Jethro Tull, Peter Gabriel, Fleetwood Mac, Prince & the Revolution, DEVO, The Police and many more. The folks at Madison Square Garden acquired the Fabulous Forum and they renovated and updated the grand concert venue. It is now dedicated to live music performances and WOW, it sure was impressive.

Steve Winwood opened the sold out show, playing “I’m A Man”, “Them Changes” and “Can’t Find My Way Back Home”. Steve Winwood in his own right is one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s true legends. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his band Traffic, he began his career with the Spencer Davis Group and formed Blind Faith with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers opened their set  just as they had at The Gorge, with a rousing rockin’ version of the Byrds “So You Wanna Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star”. With the opening notes, the crowd jumped for joy and the magical ride began.

They played a variety of classic hits and new songs from their “Hypnotic Eye” album. Once again, hearing the crowd sing “Learning To Fly” gives you the chills as its one of those moments where everyone is united in song.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers continues to be one of the best live bands anywhere. For me, being able to photograph these guys is truly special. Guitar master  Mike Campbell gave me a quick smile several times as I shot away. I gave him a mutual smile and nod of appreciation as we both rocked out. Pretty cool I must say.

The complete Set List can be found HERE

My photo gallery can be found HERE

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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.