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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers






Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their debut album in 1976. Since that time they have sold more than 50 million records and remain one of the biggest touring bands in the world. Despite the scale of their success and the creative range of their work, the Heartbreakers maintain a reputation as a hard working rock-and-roll band, always true to the music’s original inspiration. The band’s story, captured in the 2007 Peter Bogdanovich documentary Runnin’ Down A Dream, is a centerpiece in American Musical History. Between the Heartbreakers’ recordings and his solo work, Tom Petty has received 18 Grammy nominations. Honored with lifetime achievement awards including Billboard’s Century Award, MTV’s Video Vanguard Award, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Tom Petty, with the Heartbreakers at his side, has achieved the status of legend in the hearts of listeners worldwide.

Part 1

This concert premieres on PBS January 10, 2008 (check local listings)

Catch Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in this special two-part Soundstage performance as they return to Gainesville, Florida where it all started, to play their first hometown show in 13 years. In this jam-packed hour, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform classics "Free Fallin'," "Last Dance with Mary Jane" and "I Won't Back Down" with a seasoned stage presence and swagger that is a testament to their 30 years as rockers. And just when you think it can't get any better, the legendary, honorary heartbreaker, Stevie Nicks, joins Petty on stage for a duet of "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." Other highlights include “Listen to Your Heart” and the Traveling Wilbury’s classic “Handle With Care.”

Part 2

This concert premieres on PBS January 17, 2008 (check local listings)

For Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and fans alike, Live from Gatorville is an emotional and electrifying evening. The band performs songs from their three-decade career, including rarely played gems, influential covers, and songs from Petty's recent solo album, Highway Companion. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are just getting warmed up at the beginning of the second hour as the barrage of hits keep coming with “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” “Running Down a Dream” and “You Wreck Me.” Joined again on stage by their very special guest Stevie Nicks for several songs, highlights include "Learning to Fly," and the concert closer "American Girl."