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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Mojo Tour (2010)
First impressions: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in Anaheim
First impressions: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in Anaheim

You knew you were in the company of proud rock geeks from the first notes of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ show Tuesday at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The band dove headlong into the Byrds’ “So You Want To Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star,” whose recipe for rock success seems to have provided a template for the group’s extended career. Petty and his cohorts cemented that impression later, briefly detouring from their own estimable songbook for another cover, serving up “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” and dedicating it not to the group that earned the biggest hit with it (the Monkees) but to the one that recorded it first, as an...

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