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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
By Fran Brancatelli
CLC Observer — September 2, 1987
The Rock and Roll Caravan starring Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers invaded Jones Beach for a night of solid Southern Rock.
Petty opened the show with “Think About Me” from his latest album Let Me Up I’ve Had Enough. Petty continued to crank out hits like “Breakdown,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More” and “An American Girl.” He also layed two more cuts off the latest album — “Jammin’ Me” and “Runaway Trains” — but his performance was highlighted by his performance of such classic tunes as “The Waiting” and “Refugee.”
Besides playing his own songs Petty did a good rendition of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” and also borrowed tunes from Bob Dylan, The Clash, and Chuck Berry.
The Del Fuegos, a band from Boston which plays a blend of country-rock music, was the Caravan’s opening act. They were followed by the Georgia Satellites, who strolled onto the stage to the theme from The Beverly Hillbillies. The Satellites sounded great live, and really warmed up the crowd for Petty by playing their recent hits — “Keep Your Hands To Yourself” and “Battleship Chains,” as well as other tunes.
From beginning to end, the Rock and Roll Caravan provided a night of great rock, the chance to hear an accomplished musician, but two up and coming bands.