By Dave Pehling
BERKELEY (CBS SF) — Followers of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers breathed a sigh of aid Monday night time when the band ably made up the primary of three postponed Northern California live shows with a strong, hit-crammed set that discovered the singer in good voice regardless of his current sickness.
These fortunate sufficient to attain tickets to one of many two remaining bought-out dates at UC Berkeley’s Greek Theatre after final Tuesday’s first live performance needed to be questioning if the scheduled second and third exhibits have been going to occur after Petty’s bout with laryngitis and bronchitis led to the final-minute cancellation Wednesday night time. Subsequent postponements of scheduled performances at Sacramento’s Golden 1 Middle on Friday and Sunday’s return present on the Greek couldn’t have crammed people with confidence.
Regardless of the questions over the Petty’s well being after lower than every week of restoration time, the Greek was packed to the gills with expectant followers hoping that the singer and his stellar backing group would have the ability to ship at their standard degree of execution. Anticipation surrounding the band’s present fortieth anniversary tour was already excessive after Petty recommended this could possibly be the group’s ultimate main U.S. outing. Whereas a late arrival meant lacking opening act the Shelters, phrase from viewers members who caught the L.A.-based mostly band was that their trendy spin to the Beatles/Byrds jangle-rock template served as strong heat up for the primary occasion ( events in search of one other style or to see the band for the primary time can catch the Shelters enjoying a headlining present on the Unbiased in San Francisco on Thursday night time).
Darkness had fallen on Greek by the point Petty and the Heartbreakers took the stage to an enthusiastic roar from the gang. The amiable frontman smiled and waved to the gang earlier than introducing the primary music from the band’s first album, sliding into an lively model of “Rockin’ Round (With You)” to kick off the live performance. Whereas not precisely a radio hit, the already standing and excited viewers greeted the track with gusto, bopping and singing alongside to the longtime fan favourite.
The latter-period radio hit “Mary Jane’s Final Dance” adopted, triggering what can be the primary of many singalong moments over the course of the subsequent two hours. Whereas followers have been desperate to take part…