The Petty Archives

Reviews & Previews: Home Video
By Catherine Applefeld Olson
Billboard - November 6, 1999

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: High Grass Dogs | Warner Reprise Video | 90 minutes, $19.98 VHS, $24.99 DVD
Filmed during a seven-night stint at San Francisco's Fillmore in March, this concert video ably walks the line between greatest-hits package and vehicle for several rare, magical live-music moments. The 19 songs span the act's career, from early hits like "Breakdown" through "Runnin' Down A Dream," "Even The Losers," "Free Fallin'," and "Free Girl Now," from their current set, "Echo." Always a masterful live performer, Petty is in excellent form, as are the ever-sure-footed Heartbreakers, who keep the energy level sufficiently cranked. Standouts include a hypnotizing "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and the rarely performed "Mona," featuring a guest spot by Bo Diddley.