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Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Into The Great Wide Open

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Opening their five-night residency at NYC’s Beacon Theater with a cover of The Byrds’ “So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star,” Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers set the tone for an ensuing trip down memory lane, with Petty digging deep into their archive. The rock legend waxed poetic about overlooked tracks while doling out the occasional mega hit, giving devotees and the less acquainted plenty of reasons to whistle. The first night’s setlist didn’t include “Into The Great Wide Open,” but when recalling the band’s glory days, it’s hard not to immediately look to a video that surely gave MTV a big boost thanks to its all-star cast, including Johnny Depp and Fay Dunaway.


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