The Petty Experience is the premier tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The band puts on a world class show featuring tracks from the Heartbreakers’ catalog and Tom’s solo works as well as songs by the Traveling Wiburys and a few by some of Tom’s favorite artists. Hailing from St Petersburg Florida, the Experience’s members have played around the world from London to Los Angeles and Amsterdam to Perth, Australia. Together they’re a formidable force. Shows are high energy, audience participatory and all-round fun.

Who We Are

DAVY ALDER

Originating from Newcastle in the UK, Davy has performed across the globe from England and Holland to Australia and Ecuador. He’s worked with top producers including James Michael (Sixx AM, Motley Crue, Saliva) and opened for Waddy Watchel, Johnny Rivers and Colin Hay among others. Davy’s a complete Tom Petty obsessive having seen him with the Heartbreakers, solo, fronting Mudcrutch and backing Bob Dylan, in all a total of 37 times across four countries since 1982.
 

Inspirations: Tom Petty, Paul Rogers, Steve Marriott, Frankie Miller, Roger Daltrey

Previous bands: Definite Leppard (Def Leppard tribute), Pepperland (Beatles tribute), Stoats (The Who Tribute), Patchwork Orange (Led Zeppelin tribute)

 

Gear: Rickenbacker 620, Rickenbacker 360 12 string, Telecaster 52 Reissue, Gibson J200, Les Paul Custom, Gibson Firebird,  Yamaha 12 string acoustic, Fender Hot Rod DeVille, QSC monitors

MARK WEMPLE

New Yorker Mark Wemple began his music career in the Big Apple. Upon moving to the Tampa Bay region in 2003 he became a regular face on the circuit playing in tribute, originals and cover outfits. He models his playing on Ron Blair of The Heartbreakers and has huge admiration for the band’s former bassist, the sadly now deceased Howie Epstein. 

Inspirations: Ron Blair, Howie Epstein, Robbie Shakespeare and Peter Hook.

 

Previous bands: Stardust (David Bowie tribute), Dukes of Rockingham

 

Gear: Fender Elite Jazz, Music Man Stingray, Hartke rig

BOBBY BOOS

Originally a native of Seattle, Bobby moved to Los Angeles in the 80’s and quickly became part of its burdgeoning music scene.  As a professional musician he toured America for over 15 years playing in 1,500 to 17,000 seat venues and opening for countless acts including REO Speedwagon, Foghat, Journey, Jefferson Starship, Rory Gallagher, Kansas, Night Ranger, Rick Derringer, Scandal, Riot and Eddie Money.

Inspirations: John Bonham, Steve Ferrone, Jeff Porcaro, Stan Lynch

 

Previous Bands: Rosie, Smokin’, Callison, Skin Deep

 

Gear: Sakae Almighty Maple, Sakae Cypress Stave, Slingerland Studio King, Sabian Cymbals, Remo heads

CHRIS THOMAS

Hailing from Lancaster, KY, Chris began singing and playing piano/guitar in his father's small country church. From there he went to Houston, New Orleans, Nashville and Phoenix where he worked in various original and cover bands. He has performed with and opened up for numerous acts including Delbert McClinton, Restless Heart, Wynona Judd, Sawyer Brown, Dixie Chicks, Keith Urban and the Ranch, Foghat, Gin Blossoms, John Anderson and Clint Black to name a few. 

Inspirations: Benmont Tench, Charlie Rich, Elton John, Floyd Cramer, Ray Charles, Chuck Leavell, Steve Winwood and Jerry Lee Lewis. 

Previous bands: Prairie Rose, White Buffalo, Sky Pilot and Roy Pinn's Blues Band. 

Gear: Yamaha S90 and Roland keyboards, JBL mixers and monitors, Epiphone, Fender and Dean guitars. VOX and Line 6 guitar amps. 

JASON PERRY

From Norway, Maine, Jason has spent years playing in bands across the US and Canada. Today he spends endless days perfecting Mike Campbell’s riffs down to the last detail. His playing is impeccable and not to be missed.
 

Inspirations: Mike Campbell, Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker, Doug Aldrich

Previous bands: James Rivera's Metal Gods (Black Sabbath tribute) Judas Sabbath (Black Sabbath/ Judas Priest tribute), Here B4


Gear: Gibson, BC Rich, Guild, Dean, Kramer, Epiphone, Warmoth, Ovation, Stromberg, Korg and Boss processing; Marshall, Mesa Boogie amps.