Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have very few peers these days. As one of the greatest living proponents of tried and true rock ’n’ roll tropes, Petty and his long-serving bandmates continue to exist in a world where great songwriting, chiming guitars, and an addictive backbeat are the keys to transcendence. Petty, as he proves repeatedly throughout the group’s freshly released “Hypnotic Eye” album, is a writer at the top of his game, still. The Heartbreakers, for their part, take Petty’s songs and run with them, in the process crafting a sound blending the influence of the Byrds, the Beatles, the Buffalo Springfield and the Florida swampland from which the band emerged in the early ’70s.
In concert, Petty & the Heartbreakers can’t help but offer a hits-heavy set – they have more well-known and well-loved songs than just about any other American rock band, and they aren’t bashful about playing them. But when Petty and company come to the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, they’ll be sharing plenty of the “Hypnotic Eye” material, too. Consider it a win-win situation.
The show features an opening set from Steve Winwood, who absolutely slayed ‘em when he opened for the Allman Brothers Band at the same venue last summer.
Tickets are $37 for general admission on the lawn and from $81 to $131 for reserved seating (www.livenation.com).
- Jeff Miers