Wednesday, April 7

Tom Petty Delivers The Hits at The Greek


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
The Greek Theater
August 22, 2017

All photos by Raymond Ahner.

After a few postponements due to a case of laryngitis, Tom Petty was feeling much better, making a triumphant recovery and return as he and the Heartbreakers delivered a set chock full of hits at a near capacity Greek Theatre in Berkeley. Judging from the crowd’s reaction, they did not hold the postponements against him but instead welcomed him back to Berkeley with open arms. Petty played two nights at The Greek on this tour.

Tom Petty

Strolling out onto the stage with a huge smile, Petty looked over the crowd and said “I’m feeling the mojo,” as he and his band kicked the evening off with “Rockin’ Around (With You),”  the first song on the band’s very first album. From there it was an evening of some of Petty’s best-known songs all performed under the stars, while multi colored globe lights shone on the stage. “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” “You Don’t’ Know How It Feels,” and “Into The Great Wide Open” all sounded timeless as Petty and original Heartbreaker Mike Campbell traded their signature guitar riffs while the rest of the Heartbreakers held it all down.

Tom Petty

Spanning almost 40 years, the setlist was heavy with the “MTV era” Petty, including “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” “Free Fallin’,”and “Yer So Bad”, but there were still plenty of songs for some of the first generation fans, including “American Girl” and “Refugee.”

The Shelters

The Shelters

Opening the show on this evening were The Shelters, a four-piece band hailing from Los Angeles, who Tom Petty has helped groom over the last few years. Their no nonsense brand of straight up rock ‘n’ roll proved to be a big hit with the audience, and had them filling the amphitheater early, and on their feet.

Check out this slideshow with more photos by Raymond Ahner of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and The Shelters:

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Tom Petty:

Setlist: Rockin’ Around (With You) | Mary Jane’s Last Dance | You Don’t Know How It Feels (Tom Petty song) | Forgotten Man | Into the Great Wide Open | I Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty song) | Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty song) | Walls | Don’t Come Around Here No More | It’s Good to Be King (Tom Petty song) | Crawling Back to You (Tom Petty song) | Wildflowers (Tom Petty song) | Learning to Fly | Yer So Bad (Tom Petty song) | I Should Have Known It | Refugee | Runnin’ Down a Dream (Tom Petty song) || You Wreck Me (Tom Petty song) | American Girl

Find out more about Tom Petty on his website.

The Shelters:

Check out The Shelters here.


About Author

Raymond Ahner, a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California, is the Photography Editor for SF Sonic. Growing up in the Bay Area, Raymond was lucky enough to witness both the Punk and Thrash Metal scene of the 1980's explode literally right in front of his eyes. It was a pretty special time in his life and is what instilled his love for live music. Over the years Raymond has been fortunate enough to combine his passion for live music with his love of photography. And although he will always love shooting the big arena Rock show, it is in a tiny, packed to the rafters club were he his most at home with his gear.

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