Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have their guitars back and
they opened up their 2012 tour Wednesday night at the 1st Bank
Center in Broomfield, CO.
Fans got an idea of which direction the show would head in with
the very first song, 'Listen to Her Heart' from the 1978 'You're
Gonna Get It!' album. The band followed with three of their biggest
hits, 'You Wreck Me,' 'I Won't Back Down' and 'Here Comes My
Five of the band's guitars were stolen last week from a
rehearsal space in Los Angeles, but were recovered on Tuesday
(April 17) by police.
Daryl Washington, who worked as a private security guard at
Culver Studios where the band had been practising ahead of the
tour, has been arrested in conjunction with the crime. The stolen
items included Petty's 1967 12-string blonde Rickenbacker 360 and
his 1965 Gibson SGTV Junior, as well as a Fender Broadcaster
belonging to bassist Ron Blair, and guitars belonging to
Scott Thurston and Mike Campbell.
An SG was found in the pawn shop, leading police to track down
51-year-old Washington, reports Culver City Patch. The CEO of
Culver Studios, James C Cella said in a statement:
"We're relieved and extremely pleased that all of Tom Petty's
stolen guitars have been recovered and that a suspect has been
arrested. Our security department cooperated fully with the Culver
City Police in the effort to solve this crime."
He continued: "Even though the alleged culprit was not an
employee of the Culver Studios but worked for an independent
contractor, we feel a real sense of responsibility for everything
that happens on our lot and we have conveyed our profound apologies
to Mr Petty for the distress the incident has caused him."
The band have also been added to the Isle Of Wight Festival bill
and will headline alongside Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam.
Tom Petty performs with The Heartbreakers during a stop on his
summer tour at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 17, 2008.
(AP / Jason DeCrow)
Tom Petty performs in front of a sell-out crowd at Darien Lake
Aug. 14, 2010. (Warren Linhart)
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