Tom Petty Rallies After his Saturday Night Show Gets Shut Down

Tom Petty is nothing if not a man of the people.

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Tom Petty is nothing if not a man of the people. After Saturday night’s disastrous
set, which the fire marshal shut down after 30 minutes due to overcrowding,
Petty came roaring back on Sunday night. “I don’t like to point fingers or blame,
but it wasn’t me,” he said with a sly grin. “I can guarantee we finish our set
tonight.” Then the veteran songwriter launched into a shimmering rendition of the
Byrds’ “So You Want to be a Rock and Roll Star.”

The veteran songwriter, who cemented his no-nonsense reputation when he filed
for bankruptcy in the late ’70s to gain control of his material, went on to pledge,
“If it has to come out of my own pocket, everyone will get reimbursed.” The extra
precautions Sunday night were evident, and the 1,300-person venue was more
packed than the Monday night show that opened the residency, but it did nothing  to dampen the spirit of the evening. By the time the Heartbreakers played “Listen
to Her Heart,” all had been forgiven.

From there it was full steam ahead for the penultimate show of Petty’s six-night
run at the Fonda Theatre, which concludes tonight. Keeping only his opening and
closing tracks the same throughout the residency, Petty played a revolving set of
career-spanning tracks. From deep cuts and covers to the big hits, he had a song
for every generation. Hip-shaking rockers like “Running Down a Dream” and
“Mary Jane’s Last Dance” were paired with tender fare like “Wildflowers” and a
gorgeous reworking of “Rebels.” Covers of Muddy Waters’ “I Just Want to Make
Love to You” and the Traveling Wilburys’ “Tweeter and the Monkey Man” filled
out the set list. It was the group’s version of Bob Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s
Door,” though, that brought out the cell phones and cigarette lighters. The
loudest track of the night, Mojo’s gritty “I Should Have Known It” found the flaxen
rocker parading around the stage and gleefully tossing aside his maracas in favor
of a tambourine. Petty worked the small stage with the passion of a man who has
something to prove. If it means another six-night blowout at the Fonda Theatre
fans just might let him believe that he does.

Set list:
So You Want to Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star
Love is a Long Road
Listen to Her Heart
Honey Bee
13 Days
Good Enough
I Just Want to Make Love to You
A Woman in Love (It’s Not Me)
House in the Woods
Tweeter and the Monkey Man
Rebels
Wildflowers
Walls
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
It’s Good to Be King
I Should Have Known It
Refugee
Runnin’ Down a Dream

Encore:
Mary Jane’s Last Dance
American Girl

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