TVD Live Shots:
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Chris Stapleton at Wrigley Field, 6/29

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played hit after hit, wowing a sold-out crowd at Wrigley Field this past Thursday (6/29). It was a heck of a way to celebrate 40 years of making rock ‘n’ roll music together—and we had the honor of witnessing it. This was the concert of the year so far, in my humble opinion.

The rain hit Chicago in epic proportions—Wrigley must have made a killing selling their Cubs ponchos for $10 a pop—but opener Chris Stapleton kept plugging away, jamming out in the rain. He kept the crowd’s energies high despite the soggy circumstances.

But no rain was going to hold the crowd down—nor the band’s. When Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers hit the stage it was still raining, but no one cared. The crowd went wild—ecstatic as the first notes of “Rockin’ Around (With You),” one of the band’s oldest songs, rang through the air.

“I wish I could go out there are just hug every one of you,” Petty remarked to a rowdy crowd. “Except maybe you sir,” he joked to a roar of laughter. The band finished their dazzling set with a classic—”American Girl”—before a beautiful fireworks display served as the second encore for the 40,000 some people in attendance.

Thanks for 40 years of memories, Heartbreakers. This one was my favorite.

CHRIS STAPLETON

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