Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers End Bonnaroo 2013 With Extended Jams
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Petty announced, in his easygoing drawl, "Here's one we can all sing along to," and launched into "I Won't Back Down."

Bonnaroo's 2013 edition concluded with a great American performance from one of the greatest American rock 'n roll bands. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers closed out Sunday (June 16) with over two hours of music to a massive crowd stretched over the Manchester, Tenn. campgrounds.

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On his current summer tour, Petty's made a point of shying away from the hits (of which he has many) in favor of deep cuts, covers, and songs representing his side projects over the years. Earlier this month, that model worked fine in L.A.'s 1,400-capacity Henry Fonda Theatre, but at a behemoth like Bonnaroo, the hits have to come calling. In that spirit, Petty and his longtime backing band found a happy medium between the obvious and the obscure.

After opening with a Byrds cover and a deep cut, Petty announced, in his easygoing drawl, "Here's one we can all sing along to," and launched into "I Won't Back Down." Of course, much of the crowd -- braving an early set downpour -- quickly obliged. To satisfy the Petty historians (likely those who'd managed to get to the front rows of the impossibly sprawling crowd) Petty led an extended jam version of the Traveling Wilburys' "Tweeter and the Monkey Man" and covered an old favorite, the 1930s blues standard "Baby Please Don't Go." To keep the casual Petty followers on board, iconic hits like "Free Falling," "Listen to Her Heart," and "Runnin' Down a Dream" were dispersed across the lengthy set list.

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When he appeared to wrap the evening without an "American Girl" performance, the Bonnaroo crowd knew what to do and clamored for an encore. After a pair of uptempo rockers to set the mood, Petty proclaimed, "We're gonna leave you where it all started," and strummed the chiming opening bars of his 1976 breakout hit. There's a certain magic when a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer like Petty plays a fest like Bonnaroo, as set staples played countless times before to diehards are heard by scores of fans (often younger ones) for the first time. Such was the case with "American Girl," as the most recognizable song in Petty's vast catalog put the finishing touches on Bonnaroo 2013 with plenty of new voices singing along.

Here's the set list from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' performance at Bonnaroo 2013:

So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star
Love Is a Long Road
I Won't Back Down
Baby, Please Don't Go
Here Comes My Girl
Mary Jane's Last Dance
Good Enough
Free Falling
Woman in Love (It's Not Me)
Listen To Her Heart
Tweeter and the Monkey Man
Rebels
Friend of the Devil
Learning to Fly
I Won't Back Down
It's Good to Be King
I Should Have Known It
Refugee
Runnin' Down a Dream

Encore:
Don't Come Around Here No More
You Wreck Me
American Girl

 

 

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