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6Jun/1010

Setlist Spoilers: Tom Petty & Sting

As the title implies, there are setlist "spoilers" below for two upcoming/current summer tours, so if you want things to remain a surprise, you should turn back now.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers opened their tour on Tuesday night at the legendary Red Rocks in Denver,  a two night stand for Petty and crew, who are out touring in support of their new studio album Mojo, which hits stores in about a week (and like The Live Anthology, it will also be available in hi-res Blu-ray).  Petty's embracing the blues hard on this album, and I was expecting the setlist to be heavy on the new album.  The good news is that if you're hoping for the hits, the early setlists from this tour seem to be a healthy mix of both, and the best news - Petty is tinkering with the setlist on a nightly basis, something that hopefully will continue throughout the tour.  I'm really happy to see "Kings Highway" (from Into The Great Wide Open) opening up the set, and there are some other nuggets too, like "Driving Down To Georgia," which makes an appearance mid-set.

No "American Girl?"  It made an appearance on the second night at Red Rocks, with "Listen To Your Heart," another familiar favorite, joining the set as well.  The opening night setlist seems a bit short at 18 songs (although they moved up to 21 songs by the time they hit Oakland on Thursday night), but keeping in mind that quite a few of these songs are longer (see: "You Wreck Me" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance"), the setlist should clock in at the standard length you'd expect for a Petty show.

Now, about that Sting fellow - there's been significant amounts of grumbling amongst the music addicts/Police aficionados  regarding his Symphonicity orchestral tour/album which seems a lot like the latest cash grab move by Mr. Sumner.  And perhaps that's exactly what it is, but the setlist from the opening night in Vancouver (a three hour show with a 20 minute intermission in the middle) has many surprises that I wasn't expecting!  "Straight To My Heart" from ...Nothing Like The Sun!  "Why Should I Cry For You" from The Soul Cages!  "Russians!"  And although you might expect the opposite, there are only six Police songs in the set.

I really want to see this show now - but knowing that Mr. Sting nearly always releases a live DVD with each tour, I'll probably wait for the film on this one.

If I Ever Lose My Faith in You
Englishman in New York
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Roxanne
Straight To My Heart
Russians
Fields of Gold
I Hung My Head
Why Should I Cry For You?
Wrapped Around Your Finger
Whenever I Say Your Name
When We Dance
Next To You

A Thousand Years
Tomorrow Will See
Moon over Bourbon street
End of the Game
You Will Be My Ain True Love
All Would Envy
Mad About You
Ghost Story
King of Pain
Every Breath You Take

Desert Rose
She's Too Good For Me
Fragile
I Was Brought To My Senses

Photos courtesy of TomPetty.com

  • http://thesixonefournine.com/ judd6149

    Loving your Petty posts as I am in a very Petty mood with the release of Mojo (which hasn't stopped playing since I got it). Nice pics of the set list. The one thing I wish is that the encores…and this goes for any act…were spontaneous based on the feel of the night. I know there are all kinds of lighting and video cues and bullshit bands have to sync with…but keep the encores spontaneous.

    If i got to multiple shows of fave bands (often) I do get bumbed out know that “this is when they play 'Brown Sugar'”.

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    Perfect!Honestly speaking,i never watched an opera live.It's a big opportunity to watch their rehearsal.It's totally amazing how each of them work together to bring that lovely music.

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