Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were joined onstage by Spencer Davis Group frontman and Traffic singer Steve Winwood at London’s Royal Albert Hall last night (June 20).
The American singer was performing the second of his two-night stand at the venue, his first UK headline shows in 13 years. Petty hasn’t been seen in the UK since he performed at the George Harrison tribute show in November 2002.
During a hit-packed set, he stopped to praise the UK and the country’s music legacy before introducing a personal influence and friend. Winwood took to the stage amid roars of affection to perform ‘Can’t Find My Way Home’, his 1969 hit with Blind Faith, and The Spencer Davis Group’s 1966 smash ‘Gimme Some Lovin”.
The Royal Albert Hall was filled to the rafters for the gig, with former Oasis members Andy Bell and Gem Archer among those jostling for space at the bar.
Petty opened with 1978 track ‘Listen To Her Heart’ followed by ‘You Wreck Me’ from his mid-90s solo album ‘Wildflowers’. He then declared to the crowd, “long time no see. It’s good to be back. We have a lot of friends here, a lot of ex-girlfriends too, although I don’t know why I’m bringing that up.” The band then launched into ‘I Won’t Back Down’ from his first solo album, 1989’s ‘Full Moon Fever’.
The set concentrated on familiar material, including ‘Learning To Fly’, ‘American Girl’ and ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More’, but the band also performed his collaboration with the Traveling Wilburys, ‘Handle With Care’ and a cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s ‘Oh Well’. The biggest cheers were reserved for midway through the set, though, for ‘Free Fallin”.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are scheduled to headline the Isle Of Wight festival this Friday (June 22nd) before embarking on the rest of a European tour.
‘Listen To Her Heart’
‘You Wreck Me’
‘I Won’t Back Down’
‘Here Comes My Girl’
‘Handle With Care’
‘Don’t Come Around Here No More’
‘Can’t Find My Way Home’
‘Gimme Some Lovin”
‘It’s Good To Be King’
‘Something Good Coming’
‘Learning To Fly’
‘Yer So Bad’
‘I Should Have Known It’
‘Runnin’ Down A Dream’
‘Mary Jane’s Last Dance’