Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Performing In Germany In 1977


Earlier this week, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers began their 40th Anniversary Tour at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. The veteran rockers came together in Gainesville, Florida in 1976 and soon started churning out hit after radio hit. Sunday Cinema travels back four decades to 1977 and an appearance The Heartbreakers made on the long-running German television program Rockpalast.

Frontman/guitarist Tom Petty, guitarist Mike Campbell, bassist Ron Blair, keyboardist Benmont Tench and drummer Stan Lynch opened their June 14,1977 taping at WDR Studio-L in Cologne with the rarity “Surrender.” A cover of Chuck Berry’s “Jaguar and Thunderbird” was performed next, followed by “American Girl.” Other well-known originals filling out the setlist include “Listen To Her Heart” and “Breakdown.” The taping concluded with back-to-back covers of Bobby Troup’s “Route 66” and The Isley Brothers’ “Shout.”

Watch the footage from nearly 40 years ago below:


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at WDR Studio-L

  • Surrender
  • Jaguar and Thunderbird  
  • American Girl
  • Fooled Again (I Don't Like It)
  • Breakdown
  • Listen to Her Heart
  • Strangered in the Night
  • I Need to Know
  • Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll
  • Dog on the Run
  • Route 66  
  • Shout  

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