High Grass Dogs, Live At The Fillmore - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
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|Running Time||90 mins|
|Languages||English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
|Label||Warner Music Video|
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In 1997, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played an unprecedented 20 nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco — each night providing nearly three hours of freewheeling covers and career retrospective hits. In March 1999, they returned to the scene to film a couple of performances. Beginning with their standard "Jammin' Me" and following it with a powerful "Runnin' Down a Dream," the Heartbreakers reveal themselves to be arguably the most accomplished roots rock band of the late 1990s. As the filmmaker intersperses arty crowd shots, quotes from crew members and attempts to give a "backstage" feel to the proceedings, and it only reinforces how unnecessary all the fussing is — what's crucial here is the performance. In particular, bassist Howie Epstein's and Petty's voices sound angelic together throughout, and even when Petty falters, he can laugh it off with charm. Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, and new guys Steve Ferrone and Scott Thurston have their moments but all eyes are on Petty for the most of the 90-minute performance. Bo Diddley steps up for "Hey Mona"; the material from Echo sounds fresh and inspired (the album was just about to be released the night the songs were performed). With the show's climax ("Mary's Jane's Last Dance") well behind them, the edited show begins to drag for another 30 minutes, grinding to a close. If you make it to the Campbell song ("I Don't Want to Fight"), consider yourself a trooper: Clearly, these Heartbreakers don't know when to quit.