Mike Campbell, Tom Petty and Ron Blair at Target Center/ Star Tribune photo by Marlin Levison
It may have been the last night of the summer U.S. tour for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers but they didn’t do anything special or even out of the ordinary on Saturday at Target Center. It was pretty much the same set as they’ve been doing all summer long.
The Smithereens, who opened the concert, sounded great on their loud New Jersey power pop (not all opening acts plug into a big arena sound system as effectively), but they sure looked beefy.
Props to Petty and the Heartbreakers, including steady bassist Ron Blair and multi-instrumentalist Scott Thurston, who did not get mentioned in my review. Of course, I can’t gush enough about guitarist Mike Campbell, who puts the heart and break in the Heartbreakers. As Petty himself said of Campbell on Saturday: “He’s co-captain. Without him, we don’t exist.”
Here is what Petty played in his 125-minute set Saturday at Target Center:
So You Want to Be a Rock n Roll Star (Byrds)/ Love Is a Long Road/ I Won’t Back Down/ Baby, Please Don’t Go (Big Joe Williams)/ Here Comes My Girl/ Mary Jane’s Last Dance/ Free Fallin/ A Woman in Love/ Cabin Down Below/ Tweeter and the Monkey Man (Traveling Wilburys)/ Rebels/ It’s Good To Be King/ Learning to Fly/ Yer So Bad/ I Should Have Known It/ Refugee/ Runnin’ Down a Dream ENCORE Don’t Come Around Here No More/ You Wreck Me/ American Girl