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)
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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.
A perennial crowd-pleaser since it appeared on A Farewell to Kings, before the invention of the cellphone light “Closer to the Heart” made a Bic lighter as essential at a Rush show as a concert ticket. Here’s the performance on the 1984 Grace Under Pressure tour. –Redbeard
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
The next twelve months will be busy ones for the band Heart, as the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will have a definitive vinyl box set by this time next year; Heart will perform at least eighty-five concerts by the end of this one; and lead singer Ann Wilson will perform her first-ever solo […]
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 […]
Melissa Etheridge, visiting Dallas radio station Q102 as a rookie in 1988, stepped up to the plate live, took a swing at “Chrome Plated Heart” from her debut released in 1988, and knocked it out of the park, performing on the guitar pictured here which had just been given to her by an appreciative fan. […]
Shocked and saddened to report that singer/ songwriter Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens passed away. This one’s “Especially for You” , Pat.
With a band named after a Jimi Hendrix album, and sounding like Free meets Lynyrd Skynyrd, how could I not love this band? Great guys too in Cry of Love, including the true heart guitarist Audley Freed who grew up idolizing Southern Rock icons Allen Collins and Duane Allman, as well as lesser known blues […]