July 23, 2005:
Taking the Montage Mountain Performing Arts Center stage just after 9 p.m., Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers set the tone for the night with “Listen to Her Heart” and “You Don’t Know How It Feels.”
Petty then addressed the sold-out crowd of 17,000 people with “How you doin’ tonight? You people got yourselves a genuine Saturday night rock and roll show.”
From that point, Petty and his band performed hits such as “Breakdown,” “Free Fallin’” and “I Won’t Back Down.”
Feeling the crowd’s enthusiasm, Petty asked, “We’re gonna have a good time tonight, aren’t we?” which led into another set that featured “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” a cover of the Animals’ “I’m Crying” and a cover of Willie Dixon’s “Little Red Rooster.” Petty ended the night with “Runnin’ Down a Dream” followed by an encore set of “You Wreck Me” and “American Girl.”
Joining Petty that night were the Black Crowes, who performed such hits as “Blackberry,” “Jealous Again” and a cover of the Otis Redding song “Hard to Handle” during their 75-minute set.
Petty previously performed at Montage on June 27, 2001, with Jackson Browne and on July 13, 2002, with the Brian Setzer Trio.
Petty died in 2017 from an accidental overdose, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office. He was 66.
Brian Fulton has been the librarian at The Times-Tribune for the past 15 years. On his blog, Historically Hip, he writes about the great concerts, plays/musicals and celebrity happenings that have taken place throughout NEPA. He is also the co-host of the local history podcast, Historically Hip. He competed and was crowned grand champion on an episode of NPR quiz show “Ask Me Another.” Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9140; or @TTPagesPast