Posted in music | tour dates on February 3, 2008

Tom Petty wardrobe malfunction

The announcement that Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers would play halftime at today's Super Bowl XLII thrilled fans of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group but was greeted with grumbling in some quarters.

After three years of halftime shows dominated by long-in-the-tooth acts - Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and Prince - some fans were hoping for an artist like Beyoncé, the Foo Fighters or Carrie Underwood to inject new energy.

But the National Football League has played it safe since Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" four years ago, and rock acts don't come much more dependable than the Grammy-winning Petty, 57, and his Florida-spawned band. [The Arizona Republic]

More Tom Petty tour dates below...


May 30- Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
May 31- The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
June 03- Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
June 05- Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
June 08- Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA
June 10- Post-Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
June 11- New England Dodge Music Center, Hartford, CT
June 13- TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA
June 17- Madison Square Garden, New York, NY %
June 18- Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
June 21- Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
June 22- Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
June 25- Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
July 02- United Center, Chicago, IL
July 03- Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN
July 08- Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
July 09- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Atlanta, GA ****
July 11- Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
July 12- Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh, NC
July 15- BankAtlantic Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
July 16- St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
July 19- TBD, Denver, CO ****
July 20- Quest Center Omaha, Omaha, NE
July 22- Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
July 23- Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
August 07- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO
August 09- MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
August 11- Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, AB
August 12- Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
August 15- The Gorge, George, WA
August 16- The Gorge, George, WA
August 20- Arena, Glendale, AZ ****
August 22- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
August 23- TBD, San Francisco, CA ****
August 26- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Selma, TX
August 27- American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
August 29- Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, TX

**** Tickets for these shows on sale TBA.
% Date/Time Subject to change.



Comments (34)

LOL at that picture, BV.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2008 4:31 PM

"some fans were hoping for an artist like Beyoncé, the Foo Fighters or Carrie Underwood to inject new energy"

Some fans are hopeless morons. Viva Tom Petty!!!!

Posted by Katie | February 3, 2008 4:32 PM

It'll take a pretty monumental performance by any act to match what Prince did with his set.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2008 4:53 PM

that performance was pretty beige.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2008 8:25 PM

that may have been the most boring superbowl halftime show ever

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2008 9:06 PM

Giants win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2008 10:07 PM

I believe in miracles.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2008 10:10 PM

The Giants had the perfect answer for the suddenly imperfect Patriots: a big, bad defense and an improbable comeback led by their own Mr. Cool quarterback, Eli Manning.

In one of football's biggest shockers, New York shattered New England's unbeaten season as Manning hit Plaxico Burress on a 13-yard fade with 35 seconds left in the Super Bowl. Sunday's 17-14 win was the Giants' 11th straight on the road, and the first time the Patriots tasted defeat in more than a year.

It was the most bitter of losses, too, because New England (18-1) was one play from winning, but its defense couldn't stop a 12-play, 83-yard drive that featured a spectacular leaping catch by David Tyree, who scored New York's first touchdown.

Tom Brady, the league's Most Valuable Player and winner of his first three Super Bowls, was battered all game. He was sacked five times, hurried a dozen more, and at one point wound up on his knees, his hands on his hips following one of many poor throws.

Hardly a familiar position for the record-setting quarterback. And a totally strange outcome for a team that seemed destined for historic glory.

Oddly, it was a loss to the Patriots that sparked New York's stunning run to its third Super Bowl and sixth NFL title. New England won 38-35 in Week 17 as the Patriots became the first team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins to go spotless through the regular season. But by playing hard in a meaningless game for them, the Giants gained something of a swagger.

Their growing confidence carried them through playoff victories at Tampa, Dallas and Green Bay, and then past the mightiest opponent of all.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2008 10:12 PM

they just had a Cadillac commercial with a Justice song in the background.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2008 10:28 PM

quick, let me post on bv about it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2008 10:33 PM

Ya know I hate both of these teams so it was a win win for me. Watching The Pats walk off the field before the game ended like the bitches they are was sweet. Knowing that The Giants will never repeat and never be a dynasty is even sweeter.
Michael Strahan is such an ungracious pussy though. Especially for a guy who got his sack title on a gift and wanted to throw his 2 young girls on the street in a divorce proceeding. You would think he would take his win with less of a chip on his shoulder
Also, the MVP is not Eli Manning. It should have gone to David Tyree. Forget the touchdown catch. He doesnt catch that prayer Manning just throws up and the game is over and GIants lose.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2008 10:35 PM

They didnt do Last Dance with Mary Jane. Boo!

Giants won! Yay!

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2008 11:41 PM

In the past few years, the Super Bowl halftime show has basically been just a mini-concert that will most likely cater to people who are already big fans of the performer. Last year we had Prince. This year it’s Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

The fans flooded the field and gathered around the stage as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed “American Girl” followed by “Free Fallin’,” “I Won’t Back Down,” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream.” I’ve never considered myself a huge fan of Tom Petty but even I knew most of the words to the songs they performed. Apparently so did the crowd because you could hear them singing along.

To Petty’s credit, the man can still put on a good show despite his age. Whenever an older rock star tries to make a comeback, there’s always that concern that they wont be able to live up to their own music anymore. Such was not the case with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Sure there wasn’t anything exceptionally amazing about the performance – at least not from where I was sitting (music like that is always better live) but they got the job done and that’s what counts.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2008 11:55 PM

For once, the game was the star. Not the ads, not the music, but the game. Bob Costas says sports are a metaphor for life, today's Super Bowl evidenced this. With all the drama, all the heartbreak and a goddamn correction factor.

Posted by Bob Lefsetz | February 4, 2008 12:16 AM

prince won't be topped for a while.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2008 12:24 AM

bill belicheck is a sore loser, p.o.s. Strahan might have his issues but lets talk tom brady...did he not have a baby while he was out running NYC with giselle? It was nice of him to send flowers.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2008 12:52 AM

"bill belicheck is a sore loser, p.o.s. Strahan might have his issues but lets talk tom brady...did he not have a baby while he was out running NYC with giselle? It was nice of him to send flowers.
Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2008 12:52 AM"

I am the poster before who was talking about Strahan etc. The first thing i said was i hate both teams and the Pats are bitches. Yes Belichump is a classless worthless piece of shit of a man although definately one of the best coaches ever in the game. Tom Brady though is far classier than Strahan. Notice this entire week it was not the Pats talking all that shit. They were pretty quiet and gave the giants credit. Now the giants were able to back up their talk but i mean be classy about it. As for your comment about Brady. At least be truthful. I mean even in your hate you have to be honest. Brady was already broken up with Bridget Moynahan when he found out she was pregnant. He supported her financially throughout the pregnancy and he is giving full monetary support to raising his son as well as spending plenty of time with him. He flies out to california every week for a few days to see his son during the season. Fuckhead Strahan hardly sees his twins and yes wanted to evict them and the mother from their house during the divorce trial. Hating is fine but at least get the facts straight.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2008 1:23 AM

the played Arcade Fire during the game

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2008 1:29 AM

Pretty sweet watching the Pats lose. Enough of hearing about their magnificence. As for Strahan, he annoys me, but why should he have to pay alimony to his wife, when she is a doctor?

Posted by shodan | February 4, 2008 1:52 AM

For the next Superbowl halftime show I would like to see a massive pillowfight between the squads of opposing cheerleaders. In fact, I demand it. I intend to email the NFL front office every day with this request. Join me, won't you? To quote Barack Obama, "YES WE CAN!"

Posted by Jerry Koffman | February 4, 2008 2:22 AM

giants, motherfucker.

Posted by yr sullied | February 4, 2008 2:33 AM

Did anyone watch the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet? I don't get cable.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2008 2:40 AM

Prince sucked. you guys are crazy. his guitar was shaped like a cock. maybe that is why you liked it. lame lame lame. petty was far more kick ass...

Posted by frize | February 4, 2008 8:41 AM

The puppy bowl was pretty intense...

The cute puppies won by 3.

Posted by rocked the shit | February 4, 2008 9:56 AM

the puppy bowl was pretty wild, and the cat halftime show was just absurd. there was confetti everywhere.
as for super bowl, i felt the giants should have kicked a field goal at the end when they took over. you've got to kick someone while they're down.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2008 10:33 AM

Looking forward to My Morning Jacket's halftime performance - around the Super Bowl of 2028.

Posted by drewo | February 4, 2008 11:14 AM


Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2008 11:17 AM

No one, and I mean no one, loves Tom Petty more than me. I only got one thing for Christmas - the new Petty documentary - and I got it twice.

But I kind of agree that it would be nice to see something with a little more edge.

I didn't enjoy Petty's performance as much as I could have because all I could think about is how I was watching the opposite of a boob.

Posted by Jeff | February 4, 2008 11:55 AM

Football is dumb.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2008 11:58 AM

No, Magic the Gathering is dumb.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2008 12:05 PM

Did anyone watch the puppy bowl?!

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2008 1:46 PM

sweet ass picture. i just reposted it here:

i've got to agree. petty, although everyone loves him, is a little too sleepy for a half-time show. fergie woulda been great! she's a nice wholesome pop star. so what if she used to be a meth-head!

Posted by burgernoodle | February 4, 2008 2:12 PM

"No one, and I mean no one, loves Tom Petty more than me."

I'm pretty sure even your mom loves Tom Petty more than she loves you, bro.

Posted by your English teacher | February 4, 2008 3:36 PM

When I listen to Tom petty and his band the heartbreakers I feel that their music has an exceptional effect on me and on a lot of other people. This summer, it will be so special because Tom and his band will head out a tour in US and Canada with the wonderful english singer and songwriter. In addition to the artists' popularity ticket brokers will find the chance to skyrock tprices. A friend of mine has recommended me a website for comparing tickets prices and find the best offered price in the ticket market and I'm sure you'll be in need of it. Here it is:
If you hate the band, I do love it !!

Posted by Kenny | February 18, 2008 10:54 AM

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