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 […]
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My interview with the late Tom Petty thirty years ago, two significant events informed the songwriting on 1991’s “Into the Great Wide Open” , Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ first post-Traveling Wilburys/ “Full Moon Fever” effort with his own band.
When we met in 1978, we were both in our mid-twenties, but I realized even then that Tom had a very old soul, wise and true, and that sense only increased over the next four decades…
Each night on the 2018 sold out Jeff Lynne/ ELO concert tour, one of the biggest crowd roars came when Lynne performed a song from his “other band”, the Traveling Wilburys, and flashed brief melancholy glimpses of the time thirty years ago when rock’s ultimate Dream Team convened at a barbeque attended by Lynne, George Harrison, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan, with Roy Orbison soon to follow.
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Simple Minds broke from performing the hit “Don’t You Forget About Me” in the soundtrack rolling under the end credits of the John Hughes Brat Pack movie “The Breakfast Club” in early 1985. But that’s just the beginning of the story of Simple Minds breakthrough album “Once Upon a Time” we have lead singer/ lyricist Jim Kerr here In the Studio.
Proving to the whole world that day to be anything other than “Helpless”, Neil Young and a cast of a hundred thousand in Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium joined a similar group in London’s Wembley Stadium via satellite, and an estimated 1.4 billion viewing and listening worldwide, to raise money and awareness for starving residents of Ethiopia, Sudan, and sub-Saharan Africa on July 13, 1985 for Live Aid 35th anniversary.
Dire Straits under-rated second release “Communique” with Mark Knopfler
To borrow from the Rob Reiner/Billy Crystal/Meg Ryan hit movie of the day When Harry Met Sally, George Harrison’s Cloud Nine comeback album thirty years ago could alternately be titled “When Harri(son) Met Lynne”. By 1987, Jeff Lynne had ceased to make neo-Beatles-influenced music with Electric Light Orchestra, while Harrison simply had stopped making music, […]