Petty Goes Electric

“Is the switch on? Unfortunately, it was when Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers opened a show for Patti Smith in Miami during a raging thunderstorm. As Tom stepped forward to sing “I Need To Know” there was a power surge into the mike which sent thousands of volts through him. After staggering and running offstage for a half hour of recuperation, the band came back and finished a truly electrifying set.”