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Friday, September 17, 1999
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Volume 65, Issue 19

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Immortal, legendary rock 'n' roller Tom Petty free falls into Houston to play Sunday night show

By Isabella So
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Do you know who's coming to town Sunday night? Want a hint? He and his band recorded the soundtrack to She's the One and danced with Mary Jane on her last dance. Got it? No? One more hint: he was "Free Falling" back in the early '90s.

Yes, that's right, it's Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The immortal Petty and his band stop in Houston at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

The band is comprised of Tom Petty, of course, on vocals, guitar and harmonica, Mike Campbell on lead guitar, Benmont Tench on piano and Howie Epstein on bass guitar.

Petty's latest album, Echo, opened up another chapter for the group, which has been around and entertaining for three decades.

During those three decades, Petty has grown stronger as a songwriter and his group has become more solid, releasing only top-notch rock 'n' roll.

In addition to She's the One and Echo, Petty has released numerous albums that continue to resonate over time.

Petty and the Heartbreakers even won Best Male Video at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards for "Mary Jane's Last Dance." At that same show, Petty received the Video Vanguard Award for his longtime contribution to the music world.


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Legendary rock 'n roller Tome Petty brings his undying sound to Cynthia Woods Mitcheel Pavilion Sunday night.

But don't forget Petty's solo album that was released in 1989, Full Moon Fever, which spawned hits like "I Won't Back Down," "Runnin' Down a Dream" and "Free Fallin'."

Then Petty and the Heartbreakers took a short break, but later returned with Into the Great Wide Open.

So now with their latest release, Petty and the Heartbreakers are back to give what their fans want -- soulful, hardcore rock 'n' roll.

Sunday night's concert will mainly consist of songs from Echo, such as "Room at the Top," "Free Girl," "Accused of Love," "One More Day, One More Night" and "Echo."

Fans of Petty's early music will be happy to know it's a safe bet that he will perform his older stuff for his dedicated followers as well.

"We've been very blessed with a loyal audience. We've just tried to stay honest with them, and that gives us longevity," Petty said as he reflected on how he and the Heartbreakers have managed to stay popular for 30 years.

The best place to be Sunday night should be Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, getting down to the captivating sounds of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

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