Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have their guitars back and they opened up their 2012 tour Wednesday night at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO.
Fans got an idea of which direction the show would head in with the very first song, 'Listen to Her Heart' from the 1978 'You're Gonna Get It!' album. The band followed with three of their biggest hits, 'You Wreck Me,' 'I Won't Back Down' and 'Here Comes My Girl.'
Five of the band's guitars were stolen last week from a rehearsal space in Los Angeles, but were recovered on Tuesday (April 17) by police.
Daryl Washington, who worked as a private security guard at Culver Studios where the band had been practising ahead of the tour, has been arrested in conjunction with the crime. The stolen items included Petty's 1967 12-string blonde Rickenbacker 360 and his 1965 Gibson SGTV Junior, as well as a Fender Broadcaster belonging to bassist Ron Blair, and guitars belonging to Scott Thurston and Mike Campbell.
An SG was found in the pawn shop, leading police to track down 51-year-old Washington, reports Culver City Patch. The CEO of Culver Studios, James C Cella said in a statement:
"We're relieved and extremely pleased that all of Tom Petty's stolen guitars have been recovered and that a suspect has been arrested. Our security department cooperated fully with the Culver City Police in the effort to solve this crime."
He continued: "Even though the alleged culprit was not an employee of the Culver Studios but worked for an independent contractor, we feel a real sense of responsibility for everything that happens on our lot and we have conveyed our profound apologies to Mr Petty for the distress the incident has caused him."
The band have also been added to the Isle Of Wight Festival bill and will headline alongside Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam.
Tom Petty performs with The Heartbreakers during a stop on his summer tour at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 17, 2008. (AP / Jason DeCrow)
Tom Petty performs in front of a sell-out crowd at Darien Lake Aug. 14, 2010. (Warren Linhart)