51. Going to a Rock Concert (B)

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Mike: Maria! You will never guess what I won yesterday on the radio!

Maria: What did you win?

Mike: I won two tickets to go see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in concert tonight!

Maria: Are you serious? That's great news! Who are you taking as your guest?

Mike: Who else? You, silly!

Maria: Thank you, Mike! I can't believe you were able to keep this a secret. I'm so excited!

Mike: We should start getting ready to leave for the concert. It’s at the Hollywood Bowl!

Maria: Good idea. Tom Petty at the Hollywood Bowl! This is so amazing!

(Mike and Maria get ready and leave for the concert. They witness a great performance by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The concert ends, and a roadie invites select audience members backstage to meet Tom Petty. Mike and Maria are two of the lucky people chosen. Mike and Maria, beaming with excitement, come face-to-face with the legendary Tom Petty himself!)

Tom: Good evening, you two. I hope you enjoyed the concert.

Mike: Oh, my God! It's such an honor to meet you, Mr. Petty.

Tom: Please call me Tom. Mr. Petty is my father.

Maria: Mr... I mean, Tom, my fiance, especially my fiance, and I are your biggest admirers.

Mike: It's true! I own all your original records. You've been my musical idol ever since I was teenager.

Tom: Thank you, folks. It's always nice to hear from longtime fans. It's people like you that have kept me playing music for all these years.

Maria: Can we get your autograph?

Mike: And possibly a picture?

Tom: Of course!

(They share this magical moment together, something Mike and Maria are likely never to forget. Editor's note: The Hollywood Bowl was the site of the last concert ever played by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, September 25, 2017. At age 66, Tom Petty died on October 2 - just one week after the show.)