US Bank Arena
6/12/17 - Cincinnati, Ohio
As I sit here putting this post together, I realize that not only am I woefully behind in my postings (all three days of Bunbury come to mind), but I also realize I don't care that I'm skipping ahead to post this. This past Monday night, I shot Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Tom Petty has been a bit of an idol of mine for a long time. I remember growing up seeing the videos for "Don't Come Around Here No More" and "You Don't Know How It Feels" on VH1; they had a profound impact in my concept of what a rock star looked like. As a musician, Petty, along with Heartbreaker Mike Campbell, we massively influential in my taste in guitars, as well as my idea of how tone and performance and style were interwoven. They're also the reason that I spent years (and dollars) chasing vintage instruments, a habit that, I am happy to report, has been replaced by something cheaper, like photography.
It was as a songwriter, however, that Petty may have been most influential to me. Wildflowers is still one of my top three albums of all time, with Echo and Mojo in my top ten. In short, this was rather momentous for me to be lucky enough to be in the pit when what is likely his last major tour came through my town, once again working for CincyMusic. I could probably write pages about how much it meant to me, and how amazing the show was, but you probably came here for the photos.