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

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
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


  1. Crowd/Tuning
  2. Love Is A Long Road
  3. You Don’t Know How It Feels
  4. Listen To Her Heart
  5. Chat
  6. I Won’t Back Down
  7. Free Fallin’
  8. You Wreck Me
  9. 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
  27. Honey Bee
  28. American Girl
  29. Encore Break #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 You’re 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 ‘Love Is a Long Road’ 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, let’s-hang vibe, and by the time Petty got around to his second tune, many fans had already taken its “let’s roll another joint” idea one smoky step further.

The Heartbreakers followed “You Don’t Know How It Feels” with one of their earliest tunes, “Listen to Her Heart”, 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 Lynch’s 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, Ferrone’s well-practiced and precise drumming left little to beef about.

The instrumental star of Petty’s universe has always been lead guitarist Mike Campbell, who pulled out all the stops on a wild twang-o-rama version of the Ventures’ 1964 surf classic, “Diamond Head”. 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 held included the sadly missed “Breakdown”, “I Need to Know”, or “Don’t Do Me Like That”, but, as usual, Petty forgot to call and put me in charge of the shows set list.

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


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