2014/08/23 Chicago, IL AUD

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
United Center
Chicago, Illinois
August 23, 2014

Source: Church Audio CA-11 cards => UGLY pre-amp => Tascam DR-2D (24/44.1)
Transfer: DR-2D => WAV => Magix Audio Cleaning Lab => WAV => FLAC (level 8, dither to 16/44.1) => MP3

Location: Section 1, row 5, left side

Setlist:

Disc one (68:20):
(1) Band entrance (0:47)
(2) So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Star (4:38)
(3) Mary Jane’s Last Dance (6:48)
(4) Baby Please Don’t Go (7:28)
(5) American Dream Plan B (3:24)
(6) Banter (2:20)
(7) Into The Great Wide Open (5:47)
(8) Forgotten Man (3:07)
(9) Banter (0:48)
(10) I Won’t Back Down (4:02)
(11) Free Fallin’ (5:21)
(12) Band introductions (3:23)
(13) A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me) (6:50)
(14) U Get Me High (4:25)
(15) Banter (0:40)
(16) Rebels (4:55)
(17) Angel Dream (No. 2) (3:31)

Disc two (54:16):
(1) Yer So Bad (3:37)
(2) Learning To Fly (5:21)
(3) Shadow People (7:56)
(4) I Should Have Known It (5:07)
(5) Refugee (5:00)
(6) Running Down a Dream (4:51)
(7) Encore break (5:33)
(8) You Wreck Me (5:58)
(9) (I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone (4:48)
(10) American Girl (6:01)

Note: There are no fades applied, so you can split the files anywhere you want (if you choose to burn to CD at all).

Md5 signature file is included. Sorry, no artwork (feel free to make some)

Comments:

Early-in-the-tour Chicago stop for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, promoting their latest album “Hypnotic Eye.” I’ve always felt that he predictably puts on a good-but-not-great performance, and last night was no exception. The band hit their marks but I felt like overall the energy was somewhat lacking. The setlist was pretty good, however — three inspired covers (including the Paul Revere & The Raiders/Monkees classic “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone”) and a healthy dose of solid material from their current album, all building to a set that ran slightly over two hours. Fans of this band didn’t go home disappointed.

This was recorded from the 5th row on the floor, and the sound was surprisingly clear and balanced given my closeness to the stage. Given that it was a Saturday-night show, however, there was a lot of drinking of socializing, and that is reflected on the recording (especially the two acoustic songs). I typically feel like you get used to the chatter on most audience recordings, but on this recording I do find it distracting at several points. There are a few mp3 samples included to give you a sense of the overall sound quality to determine whether you want to grab this one. If you don’t mind the occasional audience interference, I think this is actually a very good recording.

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