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Friday, April 20, 2012

Saturday To-Do: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers play Verizon Arena Saturday.
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers play Verizon Arena Saturday.

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
7:30 p.m. Verizon Arena. $28-$100.

More than any other rock 'n' rollers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers bridge the gap between the halcyon days of rock and whatever it is we're living through now. What can you say about Petty? Both solo and with The Heartbreakers and the Traveling Wilburys, he's got one of the strongest catalogs in all of music, with a string of absolute, stone-cold classic hits that sound as good now as when they were released.

He was in a band with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Jeff Lynne. No disrespect to Matthew McConaughey, but Petty possesses the greatest easygoing southern drawl of all-time (e.g., his work as Elroy "Lucky" Kleinschmidt on "King of the Hill.") His SiriusXM radio show, "Buried Treasure," is pure rock 'n' roll heaven, blasting out the deep tracks and obscurities and telling tales and anecdotes that sometimes veer off onto hilarious stoner tangents.

I don't know what else to say: he's one of the greatest rockers ever and he's coming to Little Rock North Little Rock and I am beyond psyched about it. As his opener on this tour, Petty's bringing Regina Spektor, a critically adored singer/songwriter whose fans are probably pretty different from your typical Tom Petty followers.

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