Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Let Me Get To The Point

Best concert that I've ever attended.

The place was electric all night. But, it was in saving "American Girl" for the closing encore song, that the Garden really flipped out. Or maybe that was just me. It's still hard to tell at this point. With an album hitting stores in less than a month, it would have made sense that he'd front for it. Yet, that was hardly the case. He meekly played one song (a mellow track called "Saving Grace") off of it and "hoped we [didn't] mind."

All the stops came out. "Learning to Fly," "You Don't Know How It Feels," "I Won't Back Down," "Runnin' Down A Dream," "Mary Jane's Last Dance," "Refugee," and, of course, "Free Fallin'." I guess an essential Petty concert would have also included "The Waiting" or "Into The Great Wide Open," but he left me wanting more and a reason to hop on tickets the next time he plays New York.

It was a great Tuesday night enjoyed with Brown Sailor and Texas Happy Hour by any measure. But, to size it up somewhat objectively, Trey Anastasio's hippie hell opening act lasted for less than an hour and Stevie Nicks (of Fleetwood fame) randomly provided vocals for two songs.

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