3/8/95…Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers @ United Center, Chicago

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers @ United Center 3/8/95

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers @ United Center 3/8/95

Yes, you are reading this ticket correctly.  These tickets were FIVE DOLLARS!!  This show had sold out, but there was so much demand to see him, that at the last-minute they opened up $5 seats behind the stage.  My friends and I were all over this!!  In fact, I remember a gang of us going.  The only ones I remember for sure being there were my boyfriend, my best friend, & her sister.  We were all super excited.  And you know that Mr. Petty did not disappoint.  In fact, Tom Petty didn’t even bother with an opening act.  This was fine because with the number of songs that this man has in his arsenal, a two & a half hour show was an easy one to put on.  I’m a huge Tom Petty fan and I really love all his music, past & present.  So this show was a real gift to me.  The set list was perfect…

  1. Love Is a Long Road
  2. You Don’t Know How It Feels
  3. Listen to Her Heart
  4. I Won’t Back Down
  5. Free Fallin’
  6. You Wreck Me
  7. Diamond Head
(The Ventures cover)
  8. Mary Jane’s Last Dance
  9. Into the Great Wide Open
  10. Learning to Fly
  11. Don’t Fade On Me
  12. Girl On LSD
  13. I Just Want to Make Love to You
(Muddy Waters cover)
  14. Wildflowers
  15. Yer So Bad
  16. It’s Good to Be King
  17. Breakdown
  18. Drivin’ Down to Georgia
  19. Refugee
  20. Runnin’ Down a Dream
  21. Encore:
  22. Honey Bee
  23. American Girl
  24. Alright for Now

He pulled a lot of songs from his most current album Wildflowers, which I loved.  But he also reached way back into his catalog to give the audience what we wanted.  Because we definitely wanted a little “Refugee”, a little “American Girl”, & a lot of “Free Fallin’”.  I think some of us were doing a bit of our own free fallin’ during the show.    It was just an all-around blast. And because of our unique vantage point behind the stage, we got to see some interesting things.  For example, the wandering dog.  Yes, there was a dog wandering around backstage.  I think he even might have walked on to the stage at one point.  It was pretty hilarious.  I loved every minute of this show and still wish this hadn’t been the only time I’ve ever seen him play.  Hopefully one day I’ll get another chance to see him perform live.


  1. Frank Holub says:

    I too jumped on the $5 tixs and it was a phenomenal show

  2. JJ says:

    I was at this show! It was phenomenal. I could be wrong but I believe this was the first concert at the UC. If it wasn’t, it was one of the first.

    There was a dog on stage… Tom brought it out for the encore. It laid in front of a stack of amps for the final three songs leading me to believe it was completely deaf. If only that dog could talk; I know it would have some amazing stories.

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