Classic TV: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers VH1 Storytellers 1999

Tom Petty talks about how he wrote his songs, and even writes one on the spot (kind of)! This is episode 1 in season 4 of this classic TV-series. It shows us what a wonderful storyteller Tom Petty was, through his songs and in between. He was one of the nicest guys around, and a very talented songwriter. This VH1 episode gives us Tom Petty at the height of his powers performing to an intimate audience and explaining with humour the inspiration for his songs.

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Classic concert: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers at Rockpalast 1977


This was the first time I saw Tom Petty on the TV, and it blew me away! I was 11 years old and just started to discover music beyond Abba, Beatles and The Eagles.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers was formed in Gainesville, Florida in 1976 and soon started churning great rock songs. Rockpalast from Germany was one the few things worth watching in our “one-channel Tv-world” back in the late 70s in Norway. It was shown in the middle of the night, because you now, rock’n roll could deprave the minds of children. Some of us, stayed up all night to catch these few glimpses of what was happening in the great exciting world of rock’n roll.

Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Ron Blair, Benmont Tench and Stan Lynch opened their June 14,1977 taping at WDR Studio-L in Cologne with Surrender, a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Jaguar and Thunderbird” came next. The setlist was a wonderful mix of originals and great cover versions. The world was changing.

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Watch: Classic Concert By Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers New Years Eve 1978 Santa Monica

UMB Bank Pavilion St. Louis, Missouri

R.I.P. Tom Petty

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live 12.31.78 New Years Eve concert Santa Monica CA

This concert took place just before Damn The Torpedoes came out, and it is amazing. It was released as a part of The Live Anthology Box Set, and frankly it is the best of the whole set!

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The Live Anthology is a live box set by American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The box set was released by Reprise Records on November 23, 2009, in a number of formats, with the standard CD and download formats, composed of 48 tracks (on 4 discs).

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Tom Petty is dead – Rest in Peace Mr. Petty

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“I remember playing shows [with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in the ‘80s] and looking out
[thinking] I didn’t have that many fans coming to see me,” he says. “They were coming to see
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.”
~Bob Dylan (to Robert Hilburn, December 1997)

“Tom Petty was rushed to the hospital Sunday night after he was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest

Update:
Now it is confirmed by Tom Petty’s family that their father, brother, husband and friend died peacefully at 20:40 local time
– AFP

UPDATE: We’re told after Petty got to the hospital he had no brain activity and a decision was made to pull life support.”
– TMZ.com

Tom Petty, the rocker best known as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, is dead at 66, CBS News has confirmed.

UPDATE:
The confusions started when CBS and TMZ published about Tom Petty’s death after tweeting that the LAPD had confirmed it.

“Coroner’s officials said Monday they have not received a report of Petty’s death. Fire officials have said they responded to an emergency call for a man experiencing cardiac arrest on the block where Petty lives in Malibu on Sunday night, but could not confirm it was the rocker who was taken to a local hospital.

…the 66-year-old entertainer is still alive, and news outlets that announced his death Monday retracted their stories later Monday. The Walk of Fame tribute was canceled.”
– Billboard

 

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21 Songs Released in 1980 You Must Hear

My rules:

  • Only one song per artist/group
  • The song must be released that specific year
  • Songs from live albums not allowed
  • Restricted to only 20 songs

A lot of wonderful music was released in 1980, here are my 20 chosen songs.

  • Summertime in England – Van Morrison

    The longest & best song on Van Morrison’s 1980 album, Common One. Although the album on which the song appeared was not critically or commercially successful, the song would be performed by Morrison in concert for almost two and one-half decades, taking on new meaning when performed live. A truncated version of the song with an early fade-out was also released as the B-side of the 1983 single “Cry for Home”.

    Can you meet me in the country
    In the summertime in England
    Will you meet me?
    Will you meet me in the country
    In the summertime in England
    Will you meet me?
    We’ll go riding up to Kendal in the country
    In the summertime in England.
    Did you ever hear about
    Did you ever hear about
    Did you ever hear about
    Wordsworth and Coleridge, baby?
    Did you ever hear about Wordsworth and Coleridge?
    They were smokin’ up in Kendal
    By the lakeside


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Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers London July 9 2017 (videos)

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers performed a rare UK gig in Hyde Park on July 9, armed with a career of classic hits and a reputation as one of the greatest musicians of the past 40 years. The gig celebrated the band’s 40th anniversary.

Their only European date of 2017, this was just the second time Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers playing the UK in 18 years. The band’s last visit in 2012 included a headlining appearance at the Isle Of Wight Festival and two rapturously received sold out shows at the Royal Albert Hall.

Joining him was Stevie Nicks, forever celebrated as singer and songwriter with Fleetwood Mac and perhaps one of the greatest artists of the rock era.
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