There's never been a bigger rock 'n' roll band to come out of Florida. There may have never been a better one.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have been making great records and playing great concerts since the mid-'70s. But their Florida roots go back even further, to when a band called Mudcrutch that included Petty and two of the Heartbreakers gigged regularly around the Tampa Bay area.
They'll be bringing their catalogue of innumerable classic songs -- "American Girl," "Refugee," "Don't Come Around Here No More," etc. -- to the Amalie Arena in Tampa on Sunday. (The Amalie Arena was called the Tampa Bay Times Forum until recently.)
One of the most remarkable things about Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is that after all these decades, the founding lineup is largely intact. Petty, guitarist Mike Campbell, keyboard player Benmont Tench and bassist Ron Blair were all on the band's very first album. (Blair left for 20 years and came back, replacing his replacement.) Only guitarist Scott Thurston and drummer Steve Ferrone are "new," and they've been Heartbreakers since the 1990s.
Opening the show is Steve Winwood, who's been around even longer. He had his first international hit with "Gimme Some Lovin'" in 1967 as a member of the Spencer Davis Group, and then formed legendary bands Traffic and Blind Faith before going solo and becoming known for a string of soft-rock hits.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets: $96.60-$148.75. Information: 813-301-2500, amaliearena.com.
-- Marty Clear