Editor’s note (Oct. 3, 2017): Tom Petty died on Monday night at age 66, just months after playing Royal Farms Arena. What follows is a review of that concert.
Tom Petty rolled his shoulders and shimmied next to his mic stand, only to half-shrug and smirk at his attempts to dance moments later. He was feeling loose.
“I feel a little mojo building up here tonight,” Petty said to the Royal Farms Arena crowd near the start of his two-hour-plus set on Sunday night.
It was hard to blame him. Petty and his longtime back-up quintet the Heartbreakers were in town for the latest stop on their 40th anniversary tour. The act knew what the crowd came to see — not...