Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers take victory lap 40 years in the making at Royal Farms Arena

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers take victory lap 40 years in the making at Royal Farms Arena

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...

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