Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers-American Girl- San Francisco 2-97

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 was ever discovered to be played on album rock radio: it was sequenced tenth, last song on side 2! Here TP and the best working band in America strip it down to its essence during a multi-night stand at San Francisco’s Fillmore in February 1997.- Redbeard