Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at 1STBANK Center, 4/19/12
The band followed "Spike" with J.J. Cale's "Travelin' Light," which featured some killer guitar soloing from Campbell, then Petty strapped on his acoustic for the country-tinged "Time to Move On." A few hits later ("Learning to Fly" and "Yer So Bad"), Petty and company dug into a pair from 2010's Mojo, the band's most recent effort.
"Lets do some headbanging right now," Petty said just before launching into "I Should Have Known It," definitely one of the heaviest songs of the night, which was followed by the slow blues of "Good Enough," a song Petty said was requested. While closing out the set with "Refugee and "Running Down a Dream" was epic, the band one-upped that during the encore with "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and the revved up "American Girl," which completely ignited the entire place.
Eric Gruneisen Tom Petty at 1STBANK Center last night. Slide show: Tom Petty in Denver photos.
Personal Bias: Although Tom Petty and company didn't really move a whole lot during the show, it didn't stop them from turning out a hell of a show.
Random Detail: There was guy who liked a hell of a lot like Bret Michaels on the east side of the floor. Dude has the bedazzled cowboy hat, bandanna, eyeliner... the whole deal. But while all sorts of people were getting their pictures taken with the guy, a gal sitting in the row in front of me was pretty sure it was Michaels impersonator, as she got a chance to see him up close.
By the Way: While it seemed like something of an odd choice to have Regina Spektor open the show, she delivered a decent set that included a few songs, "All the Rowboats" and "Don't Leave Me (Ne me quitte pas)," from her forthcoming album, What We Saw from the Cheap Seats, due in stores next month.
Eric Gruneisen The setlist from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' show at 1STBANK Center.
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
1STBANK Center - 4/19/12
Listen to Her Heart
You Wreck Me
I Won't Back Down
Here Comes My Girl
Handle With Care
Best of Everything
Have Love Will Travel
Time to Move On
Learning to Fly
Yer So Bad
I Should Have Known It
Running Down a Dream
Mary Jane's Last Dance