Sunday, June 24, 2012
[NME.com] Revered US rocker Tom Petty and his band The Heartbreakers closed Friday night at Isle Of Wight Festival with a set full of classic hits at the close of a day that saw other acts paying tribute to him. Charlie Fink of Noah And The Whale asked the crowd "Is anyone else sharing my excitement at seeing Tom Petty this evening?" during their early evening set, while Elbow frontman Guy Garvey referred to Petty as a "living legend".
Opening with 1978 single 'Listen To Her Heart', Petty appeared energetic and dapper in a blue suit jacket he later removed to reveal a brocade waistcoat. The rapport between the veteran band members was clear, Petty leading them like a conductor with arm gestures. After following up with 'You Wreck Me', Petty thanked the crowd and told them he was pleased to be back in England – the set came as part of the band's first live dates in the UK for 20 years - before playing the classic 'I Won't Back Down'.
As well as hits like 'Here Comes My Girl', 'Don't Come Around Here No More', 'Free Fallin'' and 'Learning To Fly', the set included a rendition of 'Handle With Care' by The Traveling Wilburys, the supergroup Petty formed with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne.
Petty appeared particularly animated during a cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Oh Well', running around the front of stage shaking a pair of maracas furiously. "Are you ready for some rock'n'roll, some good old headbanging?" he asked the crowd before playing 'I Shoulda Known It'. "I wanna lay a little mojo on ya." He then closed with an encore of 'Mary Jane's Last Dance' and 'American Girl'.
Jack Henstridge, 21, from Salisbury, said: "He's amazing. 'Learning To Fly' was brilliant. The whole thing was amazing, and when he played that – brilliant. The weather was pretty awful getting here, but this was just awesome. Just forgot all about it, the sun was out, this guy was living life, I was living life. Done."
Menawhile, Andrew Davie from Newport, South Wales, 25 enthused: "I'm a big fan. He played somewhere in London a few days ago, I know, but before that [it] was a long, long time. 'Refugee' I think was my favourite. I'll be honest, the build up for today seemed a little bit boring and a little bit kind of safe, and they came on and they blew me away."
Jenny Leigh, 32, from Birmingham, added: "I grew up listening to his music so to finally see him live is a dream. Me and my friends had a group-hug moment when he played 'Don't Come Around Here No More', it was incredible."
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers played:
'Listen To Her Heart'
'You Wreck Me'
'I Won't Back Down'
'Here Comes My Girl'
'Handle With Care'
'Don't Come Around Here No More'
'It's Good To Be King'
'Something Good Coming'
'Learning To Fly'
'Yer So Bad'
'I Shoulda Known It'
'Runnin' Down A Dream'
'Mary Jane's Last Dance'
Posted by Dan Goldin at 1:29 AM