A little over a year ago the world lost one of its iconic music legends when Tom Petty died. But thanks to bands like Damn the Torpedoes, the music…and the legend…loves on.


Taking their name from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ third album, Damn the Torpedoes has been paying tribute to Petty since 2007 and on December 28, the band made their first visit to western New York when they performed at the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls.

The five piece band performed for two hours before a crowd that was quick to join in even when lead singer Rich had the three sections of the Bear’s Den performing different parts on “Free Fallin'”.


Opening the show with “Love is a Long Road”,the guys performed mostly Petty hits and kept the house rocking.

While it required a wee bit of imagination to see Rich as Tom Petty, there was no mistaking the voice that definitely had the sound of Tom Petty.


After the opening number the set list also featured “Listen to Her Heart”, “I Need to Know”, “I Won’t Back Down”, “Runnin’ Down a Dream”, “Even the Losers”, “Don’t Do Me Like That”, “It’s Good to Be King”, “Woman in Love”, “The Waiting”, “Southern Accents” – a tribute to Petty’s southern upbringing in Florida, “You Don’t Know”, “Yer So Bad”, “Free Fallin'”, “Breakdown”, “You Got Lucky”, “Mary Jane”, “Here Comes My Girl”, “Refugee”, and “American Girl”.

With much encouragement from the nearly packed house, the band performed two encore songs – “You Wreck Me” and “Don’t Come Around”.


Rich noted that one of the reasons he began performing the music of Tom Petty was that Petty Provided some great advice in his lyrics…like “Don’t Back Down”.


After the show, some of the band members came out for a meet and greet with fans and were not only great players on stage; but were also, very personable and friendly off stage – they were as enthusiastic about meeting fans as they were playing before them.

Damn the Torpedoes gave a great tribute with a well played and fun filled show that left everyone pining for more.