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Executive Sports Co: Get Ready Toronto - Tom Petty’s Hypnotic Eye gritty and cranky
Nearly 40 years on, Petty and the Heartbreakers remain a reasonably vital rock 'n' roll entity on their 13th album with new tour.
This Tuesday night (August 26), the band takes the stage at the Air Canada Centre. The special guest of the evening – a sold out show – is Steve Winwood.
“Although he’s not quite as bloody-mindedly indifferent to audience expectations as, say, Neil Young, Tom Petty hasn’t really aimed to please anyone but himself with his recordings since the turn of the millennium,” says Kyle Gaspari, founder and owner of Executive Sports Co in Burlington and Toronto, ON. Executive Sports Co offers elite tickets for major concerts and sporting events in the area and worldwide.
“Fans are in for a great show this week in Toronto,” says Gaspari. “All his shows in this tour are getting rave reviews North America wide… Winwood puts on an amazing show, and Petty and company are totally sound.”
Radio might, thus, be cooler to the man than it once was — at least when it comes to playing material off anything newer than 1994’s Wildflowers — but he still cranks out a decent album every few years, and Hypnotic Eye is the feistiest in a while. If you haven’t looked in on what he’s been up to lately, this is a far more satisfying place to get reacquainted than 2010’s bluesy and rather aimless Mojo, anyway.
Petty and the Heartbreakers, rapidly approaching their 40th anniversary as a band, are still in a blues frame of mind, yes. But this time around they’ve fleshed out the dalliance with a more focused and lyrically biting collection of songs that dwell heavily on everyday disenfranchisement, the corruptive effects of authority and the ongoing erosion of the American dream.
Hypnotic Eye drifts here and there but, for the most part, it’s a reasonably rousing, if not completely essential, addition to the Petty canon. “You Get Me High,” “Power Drunk” and the smouldering, six-and-a-half-minute album closer “Shadow People” hearken back to the golden age of You’re Gonna Get It! and Damn the Torpedoes, at the very least, and fans of Mike Campbell’s laid-back guitar virtuosity will be delighted at the smooth licks and leads discharged all over the place here.
“If Petty’s a dinosaur-rocker, he’s not a fossil yet,” says Gaspari.