Petty to play Columbus Sept. 10
By Christopher Sadler
Ohio State Lantern — August 10, 1989
For those of you who wanted to go see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tuesday night at Blossom Music Center but were unable to go, there is good news. Petty and the band have added a stop to this year’s tour. They will play at the Ohio Center on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
If the Sept. 10 show is anything similar to the concert Tuesday, Tom Petty fans should get tickets to see and hear these rock ‘n’ roll stars. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Mike Campbell, Stan Lynch, Benmont Tench and Howie Epstein) played several songs off of their latest album, “Full Moon Fever,” as well as various other music.
About 16,000 people enjoyed new songs such as “Free Fallin'” and “I Won’t Back Down.” But Tom Petty and the band did not play this concert with emphasis on their new album. They played older music, doing songs from the “Southern Accents” album and other artist’s songs.
The band played an Elvis Presley song, a Bob Dylan song and even “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by “The Clash.” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers also played that song in concert in the tour two years ago. It seems if they have success with something, they stick with it — the crowd loved it.
“Breakdown,” the song famous for crowd participation in concert was not that impressive. The crowd did not seem to sing the verses loud enough to prompt T.P. to say, “Ya’ll are goin’ to put me out of a job,” as he has in the past.
“Spike” was the evening’s best song. He started the song by asking if there were any requests and then began telling a story that led into the song. The crowd sang along with this more than they did with “Breakdown.”