Top 10 Concert Bucketlist: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Tom Petty in the ATL

We have been working on our concert bucket list for about 3 years now. So many of our favorite musicians are getting up in age. We’ve already lost some of the greats (RIP Glen Frey). Tom and I have a mental list of our favorites that we want to see before they retire. An opportunity for one of them came up when we saw Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers had a tour date in Atlanta!

40th Anniversary Tour

The tour is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their self-titled first album. Released in 1976, the chart topper gave us an array of hits and reached Gold status. Some of the hits include “Breakdown” (a personal favorite), and the iconic, still popular “American Girl”.

Tom and Cheryl from adventuredawgs.com take a selfie at the Tom Petty concert in Atlanta GA April 2017.
We’re ready for some music and beer!

A Dream Lineup

The band wanted to celebrate the anniversary in style and lined up legend Joe Walsh as the opener. That means you get two headliners for the price of one!

Cheryl and Rhiannon from the Adventuredawgs take a selfie at the Tom Petty Concert in Atlanta, GA April 2017.

Fans pack Phillips Arena in Atlanta Georgia for the Tom Petty 40th Anniversary Concert April 2017.

The Opening: Joe Walsh

The always fun and exuberant Joe Walsh opened the show with a bang with “Meadows” from his 1973 2nd solo album. It was like taking a walk through music history as he followed it with the James Gang classic “the Bomber” He continued with a heartrending tribute to brother and fellow Eagles band mate, Glen Frey (Take It to The Limit). As was fitting, he finished his hour long set with the rocking classic “Rocky Mountain Way”. It was truly the beginning of a night to remember.

Joe Walsh opens for the Tom Petty 40th anniversary concert tour at Phillips Arena in Atlanta Georgia April 2017.

The Stage

Tom Petty is not your big production arena rock show. His show is about the music, pure and simple. The backdrop started as a shot of what looked like either an old music store, or band room from the early days. The light show was simple, but magical. It enhanced the show and music, rather than competing with it. Once the music started, it was a changing backdrop of low key video, tasteful photos, and floating lights showcasing the history of the band and their music.

Setting the stage for Tom Petty at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta Georgia April 2017.
Setting the Stage

Rockin’ Around

Tom Petty, the 66 year old Gainesville Florida native, came out looking spry in a burgundy blazer. He had a very fitting opening song too: Rocking Around with You, the first single off Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

Rocking Around with Tom Petty at Phillips Arena in Atlanta Georgia April 2017.

Greatest Hits

The musical roller coaster ride began as we flew forward 20 years into “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”. The 90’s theme continued on with “You Don’t Know How it Feels” from the Wildflowers album.

Petty indulged himself and the audience throughout the night with several selections from his solo projects. As the set list warmed up, Tom quickly converted to rolled shirtsleeves.

The awesome light show at the Tom Petty concert at Phillips Arena in Atlanta Georgia April 2017.
Rockin’ Around with You

It was the perfect selection of hits from Tom Petty’s 40 years of music, spanning from the 70’s to their most recent 2014 album. Here is the complete set list:

Mary Jane's Last Dance at the Tom Petty concert at Phillips Arena in Atlanta Georgia April 2017.
Mary Jane’s Last Dance

Rockin’ Around with You    1976

Mary Jane’s Last Dance      1993

You Don’t Know How it Feels     1994

Forgotten Man     2014

You Got Lucky     1983

I Won’t Back Down    1989

Free Fallin’     1989

Free Fallin with Tom Petty at Phillips Arena in Atlanta Georgia April 2017.

Walls     1996

Don’t Come Around Here No More    1985

It’s Good to be King    1994

Time to Move On    1994

Wildflowers    1994

Tom Petty rips a guitar solo at his 40th Anniversary concert at Phillips Arena in Atlanta Georgia April 2017.

Learning to Fly      1991

Yer So Bad      1989

I Should Have Known It   2010

Refugee    1979

Runnin’ Down a Dream    1989

You Wreck Me    1994

American Girl    1976

It was a solid representation of the ever popular and evolving history of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The only song I didn’t hear was “Breakdown”.

Running Down A Dream at the Tom Petty Concert at Phillips Arena in Atlanta Georgia April 2017.

A Night to Remember

This was an incredibly memorable concert. I feel lucky to have been able to attend, and share it with my family. I was glad to see the crowd mixed with some younger attendees. Apparently we aren’t the only parents passing along a love for great music!

Tom Petty Concert at Phillips Arena in Atlanta Georgia April 2017.

Tom Petty has had an incredible career, staying relevant and popular though 40 years of music. He took us on a magical roller coaster ride through all 40, and left us breathless. If you get a chance to see him on this tour, just do it!

You Wreck Me at the Tom Petty concert at Phillips Arena in Atlanta Georgia April 2017.

Stay tuned for our review of the Phillips Arena, where were watched this show.

Tom Petty performs You Got Lucky at Phillips Arena in Atlanta GA April 2017.

Your Turn!

What are some of your bucket list concerts to see?

Have you check any of them off?

Here are some other posts you may like:

Top 10 Bucketlist Concerts: Guns N Roses             Top 10 Bucketlist Concert: Black Sabbath

If you enjoyed this post, please share it with your friends! Thanks a million!

The adventuredawgs check another concert off their bucket list with rock and pop legends: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary Tour, Phillips Arena in Atlanta Georgia.
Pin Me Please!

16 thoughts on “Top 10 Concert Bucketlist: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

    1. We love concerts, local or big name bands. Nothing best live music. Thanks for joining our adventure!

    1. That’s awesome! Nothing can evoke memories or take you back like music. It has South influence on our lives. Thanks for stopping by.

  1. It sounds like you had an amazing time! I wish I could see Tom Petty play live. He is one of my fav singers!

    1. If you get the chance to see him live, I’d definitely recommend it. He puts on an incredible show. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  2. What a thrilling adventure! I’ve never been to a concert, and your piece really laid out what to expect and it made me feel as though I was there with you. Thank you!

    1. We’re so glad we could share with you! Thanks for the comment! Music festivals are fun too because they’re usually outside and you can get a mix of music styles.

    1. We influenced a new person?! How exciting. I love him and his music is classic. Let us know what you think!

Leave a Reply