Posted August 19, 2014 by Allison Keeney in Show Reviews

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Steve Winwood // 8-12-14 // Moda Center

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

It’s not every night that a concert lineup features two of the most prolific and influential Rock legends, like was the case last Tuesday night at the Moda Center with Tom Petty and Steve Winwood on the bill.

The venue doors opened to welcome thousands of Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials and everything in between. Winwood– whose first fame came as the leader of the seminal British Invasion group, Traffic, and then with the supergroup, Blind Faith, in the late 60s, walked on stage and went to his happy place: his Hammond organ. He began his set with the bluesy, organ-driven hit “I’m a Man,” singing jubilantly. It was clear that his sweet tenor voice remains as pure and powerful as it was in any decade prior.

Winwood was joined on stage by lead guitarist José Neto, multi-instrumentalist Paul Booth, and two percussionists, who all played multiple solos throughout the set. Winwood eventually stepped away from the keys to indulge in a little guitar workout for the Traffic classics “Can’t Find My Way Home” and “Medicated Goo.”

Staying true to his unassuming ways, Winwood said little to the audience, but it was apparent he was happy to be there.

He ended his set with two of his biggest hits, “Dear Mr. Fantasy” and “Gimme Some Lovin’,” which was a Top Ten hit in which he wrote and recorded with the Spencer Davis Group.

After a short break, Tom Petty and his trusted Heartbreakers stepped on the stage and kicked off the night with “So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” followed by “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” which quickly got the crowd on their feet and singing along. Arguably one of the greatest live bands of the past few decades, Petty and his Heartbreakers were all in fine spirits for the show and Petty said early on, “I’m going to play for a long time tonight,” with a big smile.

Coming off the late July release of their first album in four years, the band played a handful of songs from the new record, Hypnotic Eye, including the lead single “American Dream Plan B.” A few songs in, Petty took a moment to introduce the band to the crowd saying, “I’d like to introduce you to our newest member, Steve Ferrone, who’s now been in the band for 20 years.” Life long contributors, and truly stellar players Mike Campbell (guitars), Benmont Tench (keyboards) and Ron Blair (bass) are all original members.

Unlike some musical legends (*cough cough, Bob Dylan, cough cough*) it was obvious that Petty was thoroughly enjoying himself as he paused multiple times throughout his set to take a moment to
thank Portland for being such a great crowd. There truly seemed to be a mutual unity and energy between Petty and the audience.

All in all, they played a mix of new songs and old classics over the course of their two hour set to please old and new fans. It’s obvious they all enjoy what they’re doing and will reign as one of the most timeless and mighty bands of the last forty years.

Allison Keeney


One Comment


    I’m quite pleased with the inifamrtoon in this one. TY!

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