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Tom Petty L.A. Club Residency Continues Despite Fire Marshal Clampdown

Lyndsey Parker
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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers onstage at the Henry Fonda Theater [photo: Jeff Kravitz Collection: FilmMagic]

The fourth club gig of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' six-night residency at Hollywood's 1,300-capacity Henry Fonda Theater ended abruptly Saturday night, when the Fire Marshal shut the show down 45 minutes early, supposedly for being over-capacity (a claim the band steadfastly denied).

But the Heartbreakers won't back down. So the show went on when they returned to the Fonda stage on Sunday night, and no fans' hearts were broken this time.

"We had to quit a little early last night," quipped Petty. "Perhaps you heard about it? I've heard about little else today. I don't really like to assign blame when I get into an argument. But…it wasn't me!"

Petty then assured: "We are absolutely going to the end tonight."

And that they did. "We've got quite a long list of songs for you," Petty boasted. "Mostly deep tracks, but we're gonna play a few that you can sing along to as well." Later in the set, he heeded audience members' hollered requests with, "There's a million of 'em, and I'm trying to play as many as I can!"

photo: Tom Petty's Instagram

Over the next two hours and 15 minutes, the band tore through not quite a million, but a still-impressive 20 songs, including bluesy covers of J.J. Cale's "13 Days," Willie Dixon's "I Just Wanna Make Love to You," the Byrds' "So You Wanna Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star," and Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," and a jammy rendition of the Traveling Wilburys' prophetically titled 1988 song "Tweeter and the Monkey Man." The promised "singalong" songs, meanwhile, included time-tested fan favorites like "Listen to Her Heart," "Woman in Love," "Refugee," "American Girl," and "Rebels."

However, one of the hands-down highlights was, surprisingly, Petty's fiery, maracas-and-tambourine-wielding performance of "I Should Have Known It," from 2010's Mojo album. Petty attacked the song with the ferocity of a man literally a third his age (how is this guy actually 62?), and when he threw his maracas to the floor, mic-drop-style, it was totally badass. He was born a rebel, indeed.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers wrap up their Fonda Theater residency this week with one more (hopefully incident-free) show on Tuesday, June 11, before heading to Tennessee to close out this year's Bonnaroo Festival on Sunday, June 16.

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