This is more or less where it all started for those of us who missed Tom Petty‘s formative years in Mudcrutch in the clubs around Gainesville FL . It is a miracle that “American Girl” on the 1976 debut Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers over forty years ago was ever discovered to be played […]
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The story of Heart’s debut Dreamboat Annie remains one of the Cinderella fairy tale chapters in rock history, but the major label follow up released this week in 1977, Little Queen, was made amidst adversity.
No less than four of Joe Cocker’s many albums have significant anniversaries: “Joe Cocker (1972)”,”Sheffield Steel”(’82),”Unchain My heart”(’87), & “Night Calls” in 1992…
Greg Lake has passed away at age 69, from cancer. His angelic voice, heard here on my Q102 Dallas radio show in 1992, now joins real angels for eternal praise.
This performance of “Heart of Gold” by birthday boy (12th) Neil Young comes from a 1986 concert in San Francisco with Crazy Horse . -Redbeard
Two significant events informed the songwriting on 1991’s Into the Great Wide Open , Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ first post-Traveling Wilburys/Full Moon Fever effort with his own band. First,Tom turned forty. “I’ll probably look back at this as some kind of mid-life crisis album,” Petty chuckles ,”and go ,’God, I should’ve just lightened up ! Should’ve had a drink and forgot about it !’ But I suppose I’m just working a lot of things out.It’s very hard living your life as we have in tour buses and airplanes for all of this time. I think when I turned 40 I kinda did , as most people do, get a little reflective about ‘Where have we been?And where are we going?’ And you do kind of realize that ,’ Gee, twenty more and I’m outta here !’ So you do take stock of that , you do.”
The second significant factor was that the songs for Into the Great Wide Open were written with a pre-9/11 perspective during Desert Storm Gulf War 1…(more)
Tom Petty is my guest to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of Into the Great Wide Open, so here is a rare recorded concert performance of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers doing the one-off “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” which did not quite make the 1991 album and instead was a surprise hit on their Greatest Hits […]
Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer showed up In the Studio one afternoon with a curvy blonde (guitar) on his lap and serenaded us with this spine-tingling rendition of “Affairs of the Heart”. Greg returns In the Studio with old friend Carl Palmer the week of July 25 to reminisce about the days making […]
Some of my personal favorite Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers songs, plus a couple of terrific cover chestnuts, have been collected for the collection Kiss My Amps 2 for this year’s annual Record Store Day worldwide. Following the previous Record Store Day release of the original Kiss My Amps, the obligatory Kiss My Amps Vol. […]
If there is a real-life Cinderella story in rock , this is it.Talk about “indie credibility”?These ladies wrote the book . When Heart’s 1976 debut Dreamboat Annie was released in Spring 1976 on tiny Canadian label Mushroom Records, it was simply because not one major U.S.label was interested…(more)