1995/05/06 Vancouver, B.C., Canada AUD

Tom Petty
Pacific Coliseum
Vancouver, BC
May 6, 1995

** 16 BIT **

Source: Unknown Sony mic > Sony WM-D6 > Master cassettes
Transfer: Master cassettes > Denon 790R > Kenwood A-522 amplifier > Kenwood GE-622 Equalizer > .WAV @ 16 bit/44.1 kHz
Mastering: .WAV > Sound Forge Pro 11.0 (Build 299) [slicing; iZotope Mastering Suite (declick); minor edits, normalize, & fades] > CDWav (tracking) > Trader’s Little Helper (level 5) > FLAC > TagScanner 5.1 (tagging)
Location: Unknown
Recorded by: “JS”
Transferred by: Steve “ballsdeep” Hagar
Mastered by: Dennis Orr

01 Crowd/Tuning
02 Love Is A Long Road
03 You Don’t Know How It Feels
04 Listen To Her Heart
05 Chat
06 I Won’t Back Down
07 Free Fallin’
08 You Wreck Me
09 Diamond Head (with James Bond Theme tease)
10 Mary Jane’s Last Dance
11 Cabin Down Below
12 Learning To Fly
13 Time To Move On
14 Chat
15 The Waiting
16 Thirteen Days
17 Girl On LSD
18 Chat
19 Wildflowers
20 Yer So Bad
21 Around And Around
22 It’s Good To Be King
23 Drivin’ Down To Georgia
24 Refugee
25 Runnin’ Down A Dream
26 Encore Break #1

  • Encore #1 –
    27 Honey Bee
    28 American Girl
    29 Encore Break #2
  • Encore #2 –
    30 Alright For Now

Tom Petty – lead vocals & guitars
Mike Campbell – guitars
Benmont Tench – keyboards & backing vocals
Howie Epstein – bass & backing vocals
Scott Thurston – harp, keyboards, guitar, & backing vocals
Steve Ferrone – drums

Mastering Notes:

  • Tape flip during the applause after “Cabin Down Below” – seamlessly spliced, no music lost
  • Tape flip @ 4:05 of “Drivin’ Down To Georgia” – seamlessly spliced, but a few seconds of music were lost


Some rock bands have a magical way of winning over a crowd straightaway, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are a prime example. I saw them do it back in í78 at the Commodore on the Youíre Gonna Get It tour, and they did it again on Saturday (May 6) at the nearly sold-out Coliseum.

This time it was the stripped-down clamour of ìLove Is a Long Roadî that got things going, with Everyman vocalist Petty casually rambling over to the front of the stage in low-rent runners to anoint the masses with a hoist of his ever-ready Telecaster. The fact that the stage was strewn with Persian rugs and rows of flickering candles helped create a homey, letís-hang vibe, and by the time Petty got around to his second tune, many fans had already taken its ìletís roll another jointî idea one smoky step further.

The Heartbreakers followed ìYou Donít Know How It Feelsî with one of their earliest tunes, ìListen to Her Heartî, instilling that jangly rocker with the same bouncy bluster I recall cheering for 17 years ago. The band lineup has varied somewhat since then, the most noteworthy change being original drummer Stan Lynchís replacement by session ace Steve Ferrone, who also plays on the current Petty disc, Wildflowers. Although I must admit to a real fondness for the workmanlike thump and clatter that heavy hitter Lynch conveyed over the years, Ferroneís well-practised and precise drumming left little to beef about.

The instrumental star of Pettyís universe has always been lead guitarist Mike Campbell, who pulled out all the stops on a wild twang-o-rama version of the Venturesí 1964 surf classic, ìDiamond Headî. He even used a pink Fender Mustang for added authenticity and tossed in a few bars of the James Bond theme for extra coolness.

Petty also snuck selections by Chuck Berry and J.J. Cale into the mix, which he likely does to break up the monotony of performing his own compositions night after night. I would have preferred it if heíd included the sadly missed ìBreakdownî, ìI Need to Knowî, or ìDonít Do Me Like Thatî, but, as usual, Petty forgot to call and put me in charge of the showís set list.

He did save the best for next to last, though, and the tactic of flicking the houselights on during the penultimate ìAmerican Girlî helped to further undermine any audience/performer partitions that might have held during the Heartbreakersí two-hour barrage of cannonball rock.


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