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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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 […]
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. […]
Tom Petty tears 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, but 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 […]
Big anniversary coming for this song and the now-legendary first Tom Petty solo album, Full Moon Fever, which Tom will recall here In the Studio the week of April 14. Note how Florida native Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers stand their ground with a six-string rather than a six-shooter. So to set the table here’s […]
“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 !’ “- Tom Petty, 1991
I swear I heard my heart break when informed that Tom Petty died of cardiac arrest in his Malibu CA home. Tom was only 66. 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. […]
This interview is presented in tribute to Tom Petty, who left us abruptly just days after completing a triumphant fortieth anniversary tour with his band The Heartbreakers, concluding with three nights at the Hollywood Bowl.