TOM PETTY and the HEARTBREAKERS – ” Dean’s Dome Chapel Hill, North Carolina ” 13th September 1989

Posted: September 5, 2022 in MUSIC

Tom Petty – “American Girls” (Limited Edition 12-Inch Album on Red Vinyl), Get a stunning performance from Tom Petty on vibrant colour vinyl with this limited edition release. Captured at Dean’s Dome, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on 13th September 1989, this is an unmissable example of Petty and the Heartbreakers at his live best. 

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making Tom one of the best-selling music artists of all time. However, Tom Petty was first and foremost a live performer, which is illustrated wonderfully here as he powers through a stirring set that, of course, features the all-time classic track “Free Fallin’.

After the success of their Southern Accents tour (1985), Bob Dylan asked Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers if they would join him on his next tour, which would feature Petty and the band playing their own songs, as well as serving as Bob’s back-up band on the Dylan songs. In 1986 they toured all over with Dylan, performing as both headliners and back-up band to the legend. Then in 1987, they released the next Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers album, “Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough)” featuring the single ‘Jammin’ Me’, and a subsequent tour of their own. After this, Tom took a bit of a break from the Heartbreakers and worked on other projects, including the Traveling Wilburys in 1988 and his first solo album, “Full Moon Fever” (1989). Petty then continued to work with Jeff Lynne as producer (and co-writer and performer) for his solo album, which although was not a Heartbreakers album, did have Mike Campbell also playing on all the tracks, as well as the rest of the the Heartbreakers (except drummer Stan Lynch) contribute parts to various songs, as well as other musicians, including Harrison and Orbison. Petty took this opportunity to explore more of his musical roots and styles, as well as some more gentle and introspective songs, deviating somewhat from the Heartbreakers Rock sound, and Lynne’s production also gave it more of a glossier pop sound.

The album, “Full Moon Fever“, was a huge success, one of the greatest of Petty’s career, and produced such Petty classics as ‘I Won’t Back Down’, ‘Free Fallin’, and ‘Runnin’ Down a Dream’. However, some of the Heartbreakers (especially Stan Lynch) were not too happy to be playing these solo Petty tracks at Heartbreakers shows, as they were not “their” songs and it made them feel a bit like a cover band. But the subsequent tour was another major success, and the ‘solo’ songs soon became a fixture of all subsequent Heartbreakers shows. 

Here we have a combination of a couple great shows from the “Full Moon Fever” tour. The first, a great FM recording from North Carolina features some of the new songs from both “Let Me Up” and “Full Moon Fever”, and of special note is the middle section with new acoustic renditions of ‘Even the Losers’, ‘Listen to Her Heart’, and the rarely subsequently played ‘Face in the Crowd’ (in an absolutely beautiful version). Other highlights are the rarely performed ‘Something Big’ from “Hard Promises” and a new, more rockin’ arrangement of ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More’ (perhaps how The Heartbreakers would have recorded it without Dave Stewart producing?).

Track List: 1. Bye Bye Johnny 2. Damage You’ve Done 3. Breakdown 4. Free Fallin 5. The Waiting 6. Benmont Boogie 7. Don’t Come Around Here No More 8. Southern Accents 9. Even the Losers 10. Listen to the Heart 11. A Face in the Crowd 12. Something Big 13. I Won’t Back Down 14. I Need to Know 15. Refugee 16. Running Down a Dream

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Chapel Hill, NC – September 13th 1989.

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