Petty's Gainesville concert on TV tonight

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 11:54 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 11:54 a.m.

Last year, a sold-out crowd of 10,000 packed into the O'Connell Center for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' homecoming show in Gainesville.

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Tom Petty performs, Thursday, September 21, 2006 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

Tracy Wilcox/The Gainesville Sun

Tonight, fans of the band will be able to catch the show in their own homes when PBS, including Gainesville's WUFT-TV, airs the entire concert in two installments.

The performance, in which Petty and gang run rampant on such hits as "You Wreck Me," "Free Fallin' " and "American Girl," will be aired in two hour-long segments on the PBS series "Soundstage," tonight and Jan. 17. Both shows start at 10 p.m.

Taped Sept. 21, 2006, at the O'Dome, the concert features a guest appearance by Stevie Nicks and performances of such other songs as The Traveling Wilbury's "Handle With Care," Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well" and Bo Diddley's "I'm A Man." The latter two were rolled out as part of an homage to Petty's earlier days in Gainesville, when he and groups like Mudcrutch played some of their old stomping grounds like Dub's.

Nicks shows up to share vocal duties with Petty on "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" and sings lead on the Heartbreakers' early hit, "I Need to Know."

The broadcasts marks the first nationally aired showings of the concert, which is included as a bonus DVD in the box set of "Runnin' Down a Dream," Peter Bogdanovich documentary on Petty and the Heartbreakers that premiered in theaters last October.

The first part of the concert will re-air at 3 a.m. Friday and midnight Sunday; the second part will re-air at 3 a.m. Jan 18 and midnight Jan. 20.

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