It is a miracle that “American Girl”, on the 1976 debut Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers released forty-five 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 then stripped it down to its essence in order to “make it last all night…” during a multi-night stand at San Francisco’s Fillmore in February 1997.
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On the twenty-fifth anniversary of the”She’s the One” original motion picture soundtrack by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers comes “Angel Dream”, the film soundtrack recordings remixed and remastered, which are integrated here into the original North American radio broadcast classic rock interview, where the late Tom Petty explains unequivocally his reasons for doing them.
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 archival interview for “Damn the Torpedoes ” In the Studio
Maybe I chose this terrific version of Bob Dylan‘s “Rainy Day Women #12 and #35“, performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at a homecoming Gainesville FL concert in November 1993, because the calendar says 4-20. But then again, with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performing live, do you really need a reason? – Redbeard
Listen to the late great Tom Petty put the Heartbreakers through their paces on an almost cinematic live arrangement of “Even the Losers“, originally on Damn the Torpedoes, here from February 1997 at the San Francisco Fillmore.- Redbeard
Next week we will share Redbeard’s exclusive interviews from thirty years ago when Tom Petty was holed up in Mike Campbell‘s garage making what would come to be known as Full Moon Fever . Enjoy this live romp with the Heartbreakers on “Free Fallin’ ” from the band’s residency at the Fillmore in San Francisco in […]
With the studio version originally on the Tom Petty solo album Full Moon Fever, which we will honor here on its 30th anniversary in two weeks, note how Florida natives the late 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 […]
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