Friday, 29 March 2013

Caught Live: Too Petty @ The Robin 28/03/13

#518: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Believe it or not, last nights gig by Too Petty was ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF)'s first of the year and the first in over 100 days since Dr. Feelgood visited The Robin 2 back in December. Yet the fifteen week wait was well worth it as this marvellous quartet performed, pitch perfect, practically the whole of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Greatest Hits not only with an uncanny sonic resemblance, but also with the same stage presence, character and commentaries that one would expect from TP and his Heartbreakers themselves.

 The first act on stage Isolated Atoms were an able support band and showed a lot of promise. But, for me, the thrill of the night was hearing (and seeing) those classic Petty songs played live with due respect for Charlie T Wilbury Jr. a.k.a. Muddy Wilbury by these talented musicians who, in part, also perform in another acclaimed tribute act Fleetwood Bac. From the opening "American Girl" through to "Refugee" and then those Jeff Lynne produced (and co-penned) classics including "I Won't Back Down", "Free Fallin'", "Learning To Fly" (acoustic) and "Into The Great Wide Open", the band were utterly professional and totally impressive.

Yours Truly KJS loved their powerful rendition of "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and was literally left speechless by the drum solo by Stan which morphed into a superb "Don't Come Around Here No More". There were plenty more songs to savour on the night including the sublime "Wildflowers" and the closing rouser "You Wreck Me". You can always tell how good a concert is when trying to pick a favourite. This was made just a little easier when Too Petty performed "Handle With Care" as part of their encore. To hear this Traveling Wilburys classic live for the first time indeed, topped the night off for this writer. RIP Roy and George

Find out more about Too Petty via their official website and support this welcome and unique Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tribute band thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Too Petty to those enlightened folks who like ELO/Jeff LynneRoy Wood, The Move, 'Brum Beat' and The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 29-March-2013

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