It took 34 for years for Tom Petty to Acknowledge any of the maritime provinces- but May 31st, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will be playing their first show ever in Halifax at the Halifax Metro Centre.
The Halifax show will be one of the last North American shows before Petty and his band head to Newfoundland and then the UK to play some shows, most notably the legendary Isle of Wight Festival.
Halifax has become more successful in getting household name bands for the last few years, like Metallica, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, while Magnetic Hill in New Brunswick tends to be able to land the massive tours like last year’s U2 360 show and this year’s Bruce Springsteen show.
The 10,000 seat Halifax Metro Centre surprisingly still has seats available to the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concert- maybe Haligonians opted for buying tickets instead to the May 24th Il Divo concert… Talk about heartbreaking.
Other than the two main May concerts in Halifax, entertainment can be found every Thursday night at the Seahorse tavern on Argyle st, with the 9 -piece, funk-souled ‘Mellotones’ playing all the Motown, Stax, James Brown classics you never knew you wanted (so badly) to dance to.
In the field of bar music- the next best bet for clutch music throughout the Halifax bar scene is located at the Lower Deck most nights of the summer. Newfoundland based coverband ‘Signal Hill’ will blow your mind with note for note covers of anything from Elton John to east coast musicians Great Big Sea, to the most convincing cover of Gloria Gaynor’s “I will Survive” ever sung by a man.
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