Nightlife: Petty, Heartbreakers ‘come around here’ to play gig at Pine Knob
By Lee Thompson
Central Michigan Life — May 1, 1987
Those heartbroken fans who were beginning to think Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “Don’t Come Around Here No More” are in for a thrill.
Pine Knob Music Theater in Clarkston has announced Petty’s guitar-slinging gang is scheduled for a June 18 Knob show. Tickets go on sale today at all Pine Knob and Ticketmaster outlets. Call Ticketmaster at (313) 423-6666, or contact the Pine Knob Box Office at (313) 872-1600 for more ticket information.
It has been 11 years between the Heartbreakers’ first album in 1976 and their latest — Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough).
The album’s first release matches the classic Petty mold. “Jammin’ Me” deals with the confusion technology is causing — such as television, for example. Petty sings, “Take back Joe Piscopo…take back Eddie Murphy” the way only this rebel rocker could sing it.
The Heartbreakers consist of long-time members Benmont Tench on keyboards, guitarist/bassist Mike Campbell, drummer Stan Lynch and guitarist Howie Epstein.
Expect Petty and the Heartbreakers to feature new tunes “Runaway Trains,” “The Damage You’ve Done” and “Think About Me” at the band’s only scheduled Michigan concert.
Previous albums Damn the Torpedoes, Hard Promises and Southern Accents were all chartbusters and produced some of Petty’s best singles.
Back-to-back hits “Refugee” and “Don’t Do Me Like That” pushed the band over the edge in 1979. Petty and the Heartbreakers soon followed those up with the Top 40 tunes “Change Of Heart” and “You Got Lucky.”
The group even collaborated recently with the legendary Bob Dylan for the soundtrack recording of “Band Of The Hand.”
Enjoying Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers again on stage at the Knob should be easy. But the waiting is the hardest part.