Derek Trucks Band opening up for the Allman Brothers Band followed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
What more could you ask for?
By the time Tom came out it was late and he was a little ... smiley ... but him and the band had this authoritative and commanding stage presence, while still seeming friendly and ... approachable? Accessible? Human?
I will miss him. I will especially miss an example of an artist that continued to put out amazing work. That 'Mojo' record is fantastic. I will also miss the importance he put on musical integrity throughout eras where musical integrity was less of a priority for many of his peers, to put it mildly.
I saw Tom in 1977. It was the first time I heard of them. I did not care for them and rolled my eyes till the main act was on stage, Be Bop Delux. But, over the years, I developed a liking and became a Wilbury's fan immediately. Going to miss this guy. RIP.
Just saw him in the summer at a big festival here in Ottawa. I've seen him a bunch of times but this summer he sounded especially good. The addition of the Webb sisters doing backup vocals made the whole mix come alive even more than it usually does with a Heartbreakers show. I can't believe this has happened to him. Such a huge loss.