Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers ended their two-year absence from the stage on Sunday night at San Francisco’s Fillmore, and used the opportunity to preview a few new tracks.
Petty and company kicked off a seven night run at the Filmore with a set that saw the band introduce the crowd to three tracks (“Room at the Top,” “Swingin’,” and “Free Girl Now”) from their upcoming album, “Echo.”
Of course, Petty and the band (guitarist Mike Campbell, bassist Howie Epstein, keyboardist Benmont Tench, guitarist Scott Thurston, and drummer Steve Ferrone) also dug deeper into their catalog. The band rolled out tracks like “Listen To Her Heart,” “I Won’t Back Down,” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and stripped down for an acoustic set that included “American Girls” and “Even The Losers.”
Petty called on Lucinda Williams to open the show on the first night of the Filmore stand, and brought on War to open Monday night’s show. Future Filmore dates will feature turns by Taj Mahal on Friday and
Saturday and Bo Diddley on Monday and Tuesday.
The shows also drew some high profile audience members as Steve Miller turned out for Sunday’s show and Courtney Love and Queen guitarist Brian May came out on Monday.
Petty and the Heartbreakers will wrap up their run at the Fillmore on March 16, and their new album, “Echo,” will hit stores in April.