I relish the old adage "When in Rome...do as the Romans do..." And tomorrow night I plan to do exactly as the Southern Indiana folks do....jam with the magnificent Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers at the Ford Center in Evansville.
Petty is kicking off his first tour in several years right here in the River City. In my music dictionary, under "All-American," you'll find a picture of Tom Petty who would be described as an All-American talent, living the dream. This accomplished musician hit it big around 1976 with the Heartbreakers and they haven't looked back since. The band lures you in with the blending guitars, driving drum & keys, but while you are jammin' to the music, Petty unexpectedly reveals a story, in a very Dylan-esque manner ....which you just weren't expecting.
I remember the first time I heard Tom Petty...somewhere around 1979, I was in 6th grade and our gym teacher, Mrs. Ripple, was teaching a unit on dancing not just for the girls, but the boys as well (which only made the girls squeal.) After learning to square dance, we moved to a dance which she called "The Chocolate Chip" and once she'd instructed us on one-two-steps, she turned on the jam and there it was....a song that faintly recalled a 50's doo-wop sound, a deliberate beat, followed by a pitter-pat drum fill, which was soon whisked away by a killer Hammond organ. And Mr. Petty's pure Floridian drawl tells the story of love gone wrong.
Take a quick listen: "Don't Do Me Like That" by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
5 things I love about Tom:
5. He has a great show on Sirius XM Radio
4. He's the hilarious voice of "Lucky" on the TV show King of the Hill
3. He knew he wanted to be a musician when he saw the Beatles perform on Ed Sullivan
2. He's a rock star....incredible musician & lyricist
He was a devoted friend to Beatle, George Harrison.
That's good enough for me.
The excitement has been building in the Tri-State area for months & you need to make every effort to see the show tomorrow night at our gorgeous new arena, The Ford Center.