Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers- American Girl- San Francisco 1997

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