Thirty years ago this week for In the Studio episode #8 focusing on the soap opera behind Damn the Torpedoes , the breakthrough third album from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Gainseville Gator revealed the personal battles he and the Heartbreakers had to fight just so that we could enjoy one of the most […]
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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 1977 debut Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers over forty years ago was ever discovered to be played […]
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 Into the Great Wide Open and instead was a surprise hit on their Greatest Hits package. Hyperbole warning: in my humble opinion, along with the E Street Band, […]
Tom Petty tore a page from the Buddy Holly school of minimalism with three simple descending chords and a red hot live band, the Heartbreakers, during the impressive Fillmore residency in San Francisco the first week of February 1997. Mike Campbell ( l ) of the Heartbreakers with Tom Petty.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were among the best working bands on the planet even before they did twenty nights at San Francisco’s Fillmore early in 1997, and this not-to-be-missed performance of Van Morrison’s “Gloria” certainly doesn’t hurt the case for that contention. –Redbeard
When Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers only had two albums of material from which to draw for their club sets ( which often meant several sets a night), the band would reach down at just the right time and throw a change up cover song such as “Don’t Bring Me Down” that would shift the […]
Originally on the Tom Petty solo album, Full Moon Fever, note how Florida native Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers stood their ground with a six-string rather than a six-shooter with a different take on “I Won’t Back Down” from San Francisco’s Fillmore in February 1997. – Redbeard
Each night on the sold out Jeff Lynne/ ELO concert tour, one of the biggest crowd roars comes when Lynne performs a song from his “other band”, the Traveling Wilburys, and flashes brief melancholy glimpses of the time thirty years ago when rock’s ultimate Dream Team convened at a barbeque attended by Lynne, George Harrison, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan, with Roy Orbison soon to follow.
“It’s very hard living your life as we have in tour buses and airplanes for all of this time. “ The topics Tom Petty broached were indeed “wide open”: war as a foreign policy; security in an uncertain world; gun violence; greed, both individually and that of multi-national corporations; and his sincere concern for rock […]
Prior to this conversation, the last time I had interviewed Tom Petty had been in Dallas in the Fall 1987 when he and the Heartbreakers had toured supporting Bob Dylan. Petty had his first wife and daughters with him on the tour because they were quite literally homeless after an arsonist had set fire to […]