Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, one of America’s great live bands, made a return to the Royal Albert Hall stage to perform in their first UK headline shows in 13 years.

The Hall was a fitting venue for the band, as their last UK performance came here on 29 November 2002 as part of the George Harrison tribute, Concert for George.

The two sold-out shows saw the band perform hits from their 35 year career, including much-loved anthems American Girl and Free Fallin’, have received unanimous praise from reviewers welcoming the band’s return to the UK stage.
See reviews from the Evening Standard, The Telegraph and The Guardian.

Special guest Steve Winwood joined the band on the second and final show for a memorable collaboration, echoing the English rocker’s appearance alongside Roger Daltrey at his Teenage Cancer Trust concert in March.

Support at these concerts came from North Carolinian singer-songwriter Jonathan Wilson.

Image gallery

All images © Andy Paradise, 2012

Setlist

Listen to Her Heart
You Wreck Me
I Won’t Back Down
Here Comes My Girl
Handle with Care (Traveling Wilburys cover)
Good Enough
Oh Well (Fleetwood Mac cover)
Something Big
Don’t Come Around Here No More
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20 JUNE ONLY WITH STEVE WINWOOD
Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith cover)
Gimme Some Lovin’ (The Spencer Davis Group) cover)
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Free Fallin’

It’s Good To Be King
Something Good Coming
Learning to Fly
Yer So Bad
I Should Have Known It
Refugee
Runnin’ Down a Dream

Mary Jane’s Last Dance
American Girl

Video

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at the Hall at Concert For George in 2002, performing The Beatles’ song Taxman: