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Petty Criminals

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Petty Criminals are the UKs top Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers tribute band. Theatre-level touring tribute playing all the classics.
70s tribute band
St Albans
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Petty Criminals are an authentic and professional tribute to the music of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Playing material from his early albums (such as American Girl, Breakdown, I Need to Know, Listen to her Heart, Refugee) through his commercially successful period in the late 1980s and early 1990s (such as Freefallin’, Runnin’ Down a Dream, Won’t Back Down, Learning to Fly, Into the Great Wide Open) and the seminal album Wildflowers (such as Wildflowers, You Don’t Know how it Feels, You Wreck Me, Crawlin’ Back to You etc) and also choice tracks from his later albums. Petty Criminals are all highly-experienced musicians that present a highly visual and musically authentic tribute show that is being well received wherever they play.

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Colin F
5 years ago, for a Concert in St Michael's St
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4 out of 5

There are hundreds of would-be Sinatras and Bowies roaming the UK and earning a very good living but tribute acts playing the music of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are a little thin on the ground. Even rarer is a group of musicians who are perfectionists and go to great lengths to recreate the impressive, tuneful rock music created by the singer-songwriter-musician from Gainesville in Florida. Petty died one year ago at the relatively young age of 66 but his music will live on for future generations. The perfectionists, the four-piece Petty Criminals, are doing their small bit to bring Tom’s music to a wider audience. And it was no wonder music-lovers packed out the lovely St Albans village pub the Rose and Crown to see this outstanding quartet. Nigel Minchin works extremely hard in the Tom Petty role and he takes on the vocal duties, plays a variety of guitars and even adds some harmonica. Nigel doesn’t wear a Tom Petty wig and attempt to copy the master but there’s a nice American twang to his vocals and he has a strong voice. In Andrew Zsigmond the Petty Criminals have a remarkable lead guitarist. He re-creates brilliantly the work of Petty’s long-standing guitarist Mike Campbell. Andrew has toured as opener for the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Don Henley, and Tina Turner and his vast experience shines through. Bass player Marcin Bochinski obviously loves Tom Petty’s music and he played with great enthusiasm throughout the evening. The band’s line-up is completed by Pete Wright who keeps the band in line with his tight drumming. The Petty Criminals don’t just play the hits but carefully select outstanding album tracks and lesser-known songs. So hits like Listen To Your Heart, I Won’t Back Down and Don’t Come Around Here No More are mixed in with Honey Bee and You Wreck Me from Tom’s Wildflowers album. The Rose and Crown audience loved this band who played two memorable sets finishing the second with three Petty classics – Running Down A Dream, Free Fallin’ and American Girl, the latter an excellent choice as it was the last song Tom ever performed. Incidentally, I wonder how many in the audience were aware that this was the Petty Criminals’ first full-length gig and that the group had only been together for just over two months. Their future looks bright.

Greg D
5 years ago, for a Concert in St Michael's St
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5 out of 5

The band brings Petty to life. It's criminal not to go see them if you like Tom Petty's music. Very professional and they play all the classics.

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Petty Criminals' Song list

Listen to her heart
Mary Jane's last dance
saving grace
Into the great wide open
you don't know how it feels
Honey Bee
Room at the top
I won't back down
It's good to be king
I need to know
You wreck me
Crawlin' back to you
Stop Draggin' my heart around
Don't come around here no more
Learning to fly
Running down a dream
American girl
Into the Great wide open
Here comes my girl
Scare Easy
Handle with care
end of the line

Petty Criminals' Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1400
Up to 2 hours£1400
Up to 3 hours£1600
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Authentic recreation of a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers show

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Various clubs, festivals and theatres

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Tom Petty and various american classic rock artists

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Supported Martin Turners Wishbone Ash

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes can add a stevie nicks singer at request

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

No sorry

How much time do you need to set up?

1 hour

Can you roam around while you perform?


Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

within reason ye

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

No. To be discussed dependent on client needs and venue size

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Rock, Classic rock
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