Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers/Steve Winwood
June 11, 2008
New England Music Center, Hartford, CT
A breezy summer night set the mood for this flawless show. Beachballs, flip flops, lawn chairs and friendly folks from all generations came together to enjoy this double bill of equally powerful rockers, Tom Petty and Steve Winwood.
Winwood came on without fanfare and played a deep mix of new and classic work, as well as some gems from Blind Faith and Traffic. The earlier set had a jazzy feel and the crowd danced and swayed. "Can't Find My Way Home" was soulful and sultry, while "Dear Mr. Fantasy" brought visceral reactions from the vault. A young teenager and his friend were glued to the gate commenting, "Hey, it sounds just like it used to on the album!" "Bring Me a Higher Love" was extended instrumentally and the crowd was also treated to the cover of Spencer Davis Group/Blues Brothers' "Gimme Some Lovin."