Flashback: Tom Petty & Ringo Starr Cross Paths in Buffalo (2008)

We love finding cool little moments like this one captured in Buffalo in 2008 when Ringo Starr and Tom Petty’s tours collided on a runway at Prior Aviation.

Starr was in town with the All-Star band opening their 2008 tour in Niagara Falls.

Starr and the other members of the All-Starr Band – including innovative rock, jazz, blues and pop star Edgar Winter, hard-driving rocker Billy Squier, keyboard and synthesizer pioneer Gary Wright, acclaimed Australian singer, songwriter and former Men at Work frontman Colin Hay, accomplished guitarist, bassist, vocalist and former Average White Band member Hamish Stuart and legendary drummer Gregg Bissonette.

They all spent two weeks at Fallsview preparing for the tour prior to their shows on June 19 and 20, 2008.




The following day, June 21st, 2008 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers made their way to Buffalo for a show at Darien Lake later that evening.

That’s when the video above was taken.

Now, there have been a few shows at Darien Lake over the years, where the skies opened up as if it was some sign from above.  That 2008 show was one of those nights.

Thunder, lightning and power outages didn’t put a damper on this awesome performance at Darien Lake.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Setlist Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY, USA 2008