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  1. 7 points
    I registered here just so I could gush about this man and vent my grief where it will be understood. His music got me through the toughest months of my life. I'm really finding it hard to shake his death off. I would not be considered a die-hard fan. Never even saw him in concert. But there is something about him and his music. And Mike's guitar just gets to me. Anyway, here I am. We've lost another great who won't be replaced any time soon.
  2. 7 points
    Liberty

    Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    I usually put my feelings into art of some kind... It's not much but this is my contribution from this restless night.
  3. 6 points
    MsDemeanor

    Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    I was a bit of a late-comer to the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers phenomenon – 1981, stationed in Germany – I still have the album, a black background with Tom’s rebel stance silhouetted by the Heartbreakers logo. “American Girl,” “Anything that’s Rock ‘n Roll,” “The Wild One, Forever” “Refugee” … Rolling Stones and Black Sabbath had to move over because this band was singing straight to my Soul. Life got busy after the Army and I wasn’t able to go to shows like I used to, but my rapture by their music continued as each new release unfolded a broader glimpse into this truly clever and beautiful musical mind and his journey. Oh, I still longed for the music that unhinged me with the first album, but as I grew and my world expanded, so did Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. In a world where commercialism seemed to overtake the music industry, TPHB continued to stay relevant, maintained their integrity – and continued to sing to my Soul. Decades rolled by. Forty years this band played for us, yet it feels it’s over way too soon. I suffered a tragic loss in 2005 when my baby brother ended his own life. The grief and despair just would not go away, nor was I willing to let it. In what was like a dream, my brother’s spirit came to me, asking that I again allow happiness into my life. He said, “Remember, you love loud music, loud rock music. And remember how you love Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.” Instantly a plan formulated in my mind, and I set out to meet Tom Petty! I’d get the logo tattooed on my back, get his autograph, and then finish off the tat with his autograph in the logo’s ribbon. Reno, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Tennessee, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans – it’s been a blast! And we’ve been treated to some truly great musical guests like Pearl Jam, Steve Winwood. . . . Every concert an event, so many amazing stories, my entire family going to shows together, meeting up with other fans before the shows, chatting in anticipation of Fan Club pre-sales and the seats we hoped for, road-tripping with my besties. I don't even say anymore how it feels like he's singing directly to me because I've heard it so often from others -- but it's still true! You belong among the wildflowers, just play dumb whatever you know, she's a good girl - crazy about Petty (I modified that myself years ago). . . . It took some bit of an adjustment seeing these huge crowds, and so many young people, all filled with that same love for this band as me – I had always considered them “my” band -- everyone who knew me knew that! While I still sometimes get a little jealous having to share them, it’s been truly heartwarming to see them shown such love by so many very cool people, Petty people. The TPHB community is made up of some pretty special folk, folk who have only added to the magic of the phenomenon that is Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. We've all got our special stories of attachment to this band who sings our lives in their stanzas, and boy, that all adds up to some crazy good MOJO! I never got to meet Tom in person, but realized that doesn’t change the reality of our amazing journey in runnin’ down that dream even a little bit! My sincere and heartfelt condolences and sympathies go out to Tom’s family, the band, and all who feel the shock and grief at the passing of this remarkable human being.
  4. 5 points
    Nel

    Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    Does anyone know the story behind this wonderful photo?
  5. 5 points
    Man.. This is a rough one. I have been crying off and on all week. I feel like I was lucky to see him as many times as I did. 2003: I saw him perform with Stevie Nicks at the Concert for Artist Rights benefit show for the Recording Artists Coalition. 2014: Red Rocks for the Hypnotic Eye Tour. 2016: I really got lucky! Again, to see him with Mudcrutch, at what was likely the smallest venue of the tour.. Humphrys by the Bay in San Diego, with maybe 1000-1100 people? 2017: May 29th for the 40th Anniversary tour. That magical thunderstorm that allowed for the extra break and guitar issues at the May 30th Red Rocks show. Swingin', Oh Carol and the Benmont Boogie. It's hard to find the words to describe why it hurts so much. Just when I think that I have them, nope. Only tears and a great appreciation to a man who gave me the soundtrack to my life. I am slowly able to listen to more and more of his music. I never know when that one tune will play that hits me in the gut. I am still not able to listen to some. I am choking up just typing this. I can only imagine that this is how people felt when Lennon was killed. Thank you for the soundtrack of my life Tom! We all got Lucky, babe! ~ Thea
  6. 5 points
    bonddm

    Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    Dunno exactly why, but I feel compelled to keep playing this.
  7. 5 points
    Like a lot of kids then (and still) my first exposure to music was from old Beatles records. I was completely under their spell to the point that I had all their records before I even thought about buying an album by anyone else. I listened to all the latest records on the radio and had my favorites but could they make whole albums of great songs like the Beatles? I wasn't convinced but when New Wave came along I thought maybe this is my music, not my older brothers music but something directed at kids like me. The Cars were really cool, they had the clothes and the sound, and we got a kick out of all the double entendres. There was Blondie, with Debbie Harry who set my teenage brain on fire. Cheap Trick were like your buddies down the street with a garage band. And then there was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. They dressed like us. They talked like us. At a time when going to see ''The Song Remains the Same'' at the midnight matinee was a teenage ritual and you heard the singer introduce a "song about hope" followed by 10 minutes of hippie mumbo jumbo, Tom Petty sang about hope in a real and tangible way. "This old town just seems so hopeless" was followed by an explosion of hope in words and music in a single verse. For a kid who lived in a town that you didn't live in so much as you grew up and left, it was a revelation. Everyone knows "the waiting is the hardest part," the sentiment has probably been around forever but nobody ever came right out and said it. When Tom sang it was like he grabbed you by the shoulders, shook you and looked you straight in the eye and told you what was going on. I think that's why his songs have held up over time. They still have meaning to 54-year-old me as they did to 16-year-old me and will continue being a reassuring presence in my life like an old friend. Thank you Tom for the music and memories, may they live on forever.
  8. 5 points
    dollardime

    Now What? Your pick!

    I'd love them to release footage of their rehearsals in The Clubhouse. I remember reading an interview recently where Benmont said that when they got together for this tour to practise that they didn't really get around to playing the set list songs until about a week before the tour started and that they just played for themselves which was a lot of blues numbers. That would be very special to see and hear the vibe of the band just messing around in the clubhouse (albeit messing around to a very high standard given the greatness of the bands abilities ) without having to 'put on a show for the 20k in a sports shed. That footage would be priceless to see...the mini documentary of about 20 minutes released to coincide with the release of Mojo being a reference point in what I'd be looking for. .but even less edited. ..just let the cameras roll and see what happens...be that a did release or a 'cabin down below' titled cd/vinyl or mp3..could be a Tom Petty radio series...Tom and the band giving a bit of commentary on the songs they play and why when they're just playing for themselves as a bit of fun with no tour or album pressures to worry or think about. That would be the most precious thing I'd love to see from the band...probably also the least likely thing to actually get released but all the more reason to make it happen.
  9. 4 points
    I haven't been praying, just grieving. My heart is sick. I've been dreaming of Tom most nights. Then when I wake up in the morning, the loss just washes over me again. I haven't cried the last 2 days, so I guess that's an improvement. I can't listen to Tom's music yet though. I'm going to watch Runnin' Down a Dream with my best friend, Devon, this weekend. I'm happy to share the story of my hero with her. She's always been just a very casual fan, but she's been reading lots of articles about Tom since his death, two of which she liked, in The New Yorker and The Atlantic. I read them and thought they were pretty good. Sorry that I haven't been around in such a long time. The Farm is a special place and I feel bad that I've neglected it.
  10. 4 points
    sed2017

    Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    So so much! I feel the same exact way...it's like a support group or something. Today was the first day I listened to their songs without crying...
  11. 4 points
  12. 4 points
    milesthedawg

    Thoughts on Tom Petty

    Hi. Wanted to share this with its intended audience. Been a forum member here for a few years, and am in the HC club also. Thanks. http://20ksongs.blogspot.com/2017/10/tom-petty-crawling-back-to-you.html
  13. 4 points
    jawallac

    Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    From my blog today (with a Mudcrutch Farm shoutout!) http://wordstormcasserole.com/grief-and-tom-petty/
  14. 4 points
    Got my tribute tattoo this week for Tom and the band for being such a big influence for half of my life. Not totally finished, but it's looking great.
  15. 4 points
    not sure if it has been posed but a pretty cool little tribute at the florida gators game today the songs will go on http://www.businessinsider.com/gators-fans-sing-tribute-to-tom-petty-2017-10
  16. 4 points
    Don't know the story, but I'm going to venture a guess that Tom is the only person that ever wore his Converse all-star Chuck Taylor tennis shoes with no laces to a meeting with the President in the Oval Office. LOL
  17. 4 points
    Mudcrutch

    Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    “I feel Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is the best American rock band, ever,” wrote REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin. — “Tommy’s passing feels like I’ve lost a little brother. Growing up together in Gainesville and seeing one of my students blossom as an incredibly gifted musician and songwriter has been one of my most fulfilling experiences in this life. It was obvious very early on in his career that his talent, magnetism and charisma were a very special gift that few souls in this world are given. He has given this world so many wonderful memories and touched millions with his magic. Gone far too soon. May he rest in peace knowing how much he is loved and appreciated by all of us that are left behind.” — former Eagles member Don Felder on Facebook. — “I’m shocked and saddened by the news of Tom’s passing, he’s such a huge part of our musical history, there’ll never be another like him.” — Eric Clapton in a statement. “I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted know what it felt like to fly.” — singer-songwriter John Mayer on Twitter. — “Devastating news about #TomPetty A profound loss. Sad sad day today. RIP” — rocker Slash on Instagram. — “RIP @tompetty you will be missed. A music legend #GoneButNeverForgotten” Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer on Twitter. — “Through his work with the Heartbreakers and The Traveling Wilburys he’s left us with an incredibly legacy to enjoy forever, it’s such a shame he has left us way before his time.” — Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot on Twitter. — “It is so rare to find someone who commands such universal respect in the business. He was a rock n roll lifer with music in his blood. This man delivered a wealth of great songs to his fans and to the world and that is something to celebrate.” — rocker Alice Cooper, on Twitter. — “I feel Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is the best American rock band, ever. He is both a peer and an inspiration to me. I am heartbroken at his passing, and my deep sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones.” — REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin on Facebook. — “Always felt good to know Tom Petty was out there in the world making up beautiful words and music. Sad today but grateful forever.” — singer Richard Marx on Twitter. — “Safe passages to the summerlands, brother. You couldn’t have left more dreams here for us. Thank you. RIP” — rocker Ryan Adams on Twitter. — “Tom Petty was a stud. Very few super cool dudes from the old school left. Actual talent. Rough to hear the news” — actor-comedian David Spade on Twitter. — “Tom was a true rock and roll purist, both in his music and his defiant spirit. With the Heartbreakers, his infectious riffs, rebellious personality, and inventive songwriting brought a new urgency to rock traditions and fueled a now legendary career and some of the most memorable music of the last four decades.” — Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow in a statement. — “So sad about Tom Petty, he made some great music. Thoughts are with his family.” — Mick Jagger via Twitter. via http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171004/musicians-and-celebrities-pay-tribute-to-rocker-tom-petty
  18. 4 points
    I am struggling more than I could have ever imagined. As much as I knew I loved Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers/Mudcrutch. It wasn't until I heard what was happening that I realized how much. Tom and the band have always been in my life playing on the radio, at school dances, etc. It wasn't until 2006 when I had experienced a devastating Ioss of loved ones, that I fell in love with this band. I purchased tickets on a whim to the TPHB show in Reno. I decided I shouldn't go after the trama that unfolded in my life. My dear Mom said "you should go your family would want you to." So I went, and my life changed that night. I found happiness that I thought was lost forever. THANK YOU TOM R.I.P., MIKE, BENMONT, STEVE, RON, and SCOTT! Your shows helped heal my heart, your concert DVDs helped me sleep, your albums comforted me everywhere and anytime I needed it. THANK YOU TO THE FANS! The old message board on tompetty.com was such a comfort. People I never met shared recordings of live shows, gave advice on buying tickets, best hotels to stay in, etc. Even though I never met you in person you are forever in my heart! My favorite memory is in West Sacramento during the 30th anniversary show. It was Tom's birthday. Days before on the message board we decided to do a impromptu happy birthday to Tom. Stevie Nicks was performing that night with TPHB. I handed out fliers to fans announcing our plans to sing along with other fans. Stevie came out with a birthday cake for Tom and we sang Happy birthday. He dropped his cigarette and joked about lighting the stage on fire. It was one of the best nights of my life! I'm so blessed to be on this message board reading these posts knowing I'm not alone morning the loss of someone I never formally met but loved with all my heart. Thank you again for everything you brought to my life Tom. All my prayers and love is with your loved ones. Thank you for sharing him!
  19. 4 points
    Szafira

    Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    I'd like to make a statement too. I met TPATH accidentally on Vh1 on spring 2011. I was almost 15 then and it was "Into The Great Wide Open". I didn't like the song at first but I liked the video. Later I found it on YouTube, watching million times and fell in love completely. At age 61 Tom became my new teen idol. I started discovering his music, watching videos, looking for photos. I improved my English skills by reading foreign articles with dictionary. He inspired me to making videos and writting blog, my two passions. Unfortunately he was not popular in Poland. In my lifetime I met only two or three people who said "Yes, I know the guy named Tom Petty". It's hard to buy his records in music stores but somehow I got my CDs and even bought a vinyl this January. Also in July I heard his song on polish radio, for the first time ever! If the internet didn't exist, I would probably never explore his music and I wouldn't meet other fans. I was upset when only one European date was announced, I believed there will be more. But I'm happy that he outlived 40th anniversary (TPATH debut is probably my fav from him), finished touring and passed away surrounded by his friends and relatives. I wish I could knew him more than only 6 years. It was a beautiful journey.
  20. 4 points
    I am still in a state of disbelief over this. Since I was a kid I thought about this day, knowing it would have to come. But I somehow never thought it would. Or at least not now. TP always had this air of invincibility to him. He would always be there. Others would collapse, or see their careers go away, or their reputations disintegrate, or pass away, but TP was a constant. He would always be there to keep the show moving. Like clockwork, it was the one thing you could depend on. I just can't fathom him not being there now, others eulogizing him instead of the other way around. Obviously my thoughts go to his family — Dana, Adria, Kim, Dylan, his granddaughter — his bandmates, Mike, Benmont, Ron, Scott, Steve, Tom, Randall — and everyone else in his inner circle — Tony, Queenie, etc. — as well as all the friends and fans I've met through his music, his shows and here at MF. But what is really hitting me right now is that the man had so much life, so much music, so much untold, untapped creativity left in him. Who know what new projects he could have completed, how much more music and joy he could have brought into our lives with more time. While a great number of artists his age were simply nostalgia acts only living off their past, TP — and of course just as importantly the Heartbreakers — had a ton to offer. Abruptly calling the end on all that is heartbreaking. I simply cannot believe that voice is gone.
  21. 4 points
    crossfire

    Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    I am so sad. I can’t sleep. Rest In Peace Tom & thank you for your music and just being you. We will all carry part of you. I put his lyrics to this picture. I thought they fit so well today.
  22. 4 points
    I am so thankful I got to go to this show. It was a fantastic show and Tom was very happy! I will love him forever! ❤️ (((Tom))) ❤️
  23. 3 points
    I've been thinking a lot about this over the past week. It's hard to know what was really going on behind the scenes, and maybe we'll never know. TP was such a private person, and kept extremely tight reins on his image and public persona. He was incredibly shrewd — much more than he ever gets credit for — at presenting only what he wanted in the public sphere. Think back to his divorce or heroin habit or temper or depression. None of it was public knowledge; it was always kept out of the public's eye. He was also really good at hiding pain. He just knew how to present himself publicly. Not phony mind you — he was never phony or anything but authentic. But he knew which notes to hit. He knew that his natural charisma and a well-timed broad smile told a story that dovetailed with his reputation, even if there was pain or turmoil behind the scenes. That's why, it's easy to say "Tom Petty was all smiles at the Hollywood Bowl;" it's true, but it doesn't tell the whole story. He was the quintessential performer, and never let his fans see behind the curtain. To a casual onlooker, he probably came off as the same ol' SoCal super cool rock star TP as ever. It's only super obsessive, overly observant fans who have studied the man to extreme degrees for years and years that would dig deeper to get a different vibe. I don't for a second believe he "knew he was going to die" or was "ready to die" or anything like that. At the same time, I would not be surprised at all if more was going on that nobody knew about, whether it be emotionally or physically or chemically or what have you. Granted, I didn't attend any shows on this tour in person. But from everything I've seen and studied in depth, he did seem a bit off to me, a little unsteady, a little unfocused. The performances were fine. But he could do them from muscle memory. It was like he was reading from a script, for fear of losing his grip if he ventured off. Gigantic mega tours can create that feeling. I was really looking forward to what he had to offer once he wound himself down and was back in a comfortable, relaxed environment, and I am very sorry and heartbroken that we'll never get to see what lay ahead. But there's no doubting he put 100% into whatever he did, including the grueling tour this summer. We may never know what toll that took.
  24. 3 points
    billy the kid

    Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    It shows alot about his inner circle ( at least to me) and the loyality that nothing comes out before it's meant to about anything. 4 days till it would have been 67 th and a very different day, I'm sure the family will celebrate it and his amazing life.
  25. 3 points
    I had to do something. No regrets. Peace Love and Petty!
  26. 3 points
    Mudcrutch

    Note From Benmont

    Regarding his upcoming shows... A Note From Benmont — "Hey y’all. First off, I want to thank everybody for the beautiful messages of love and support. Everybody has been so kind. It means a lot. I guess we can & should all just lean on each other through this. Weeks ago, before the Hollywood Bowl shows, I had planned a solo show of my own for October 28th at Largo. After what’s happened, I thought hard about whether to go ahead with it, was it right, is it too soon, am I even in a frame of mind to do it. Well, I’m going ahead. You don’t stop playing music on any account, for any reason, and especially when faced with such enormous loss. You play more, louder, quieter, faster, slower, sad, joyous, angry, celebratory, lovingly. So I’m gonna get my Steinway down to Largo on October 28th and play a bunch of my songs, just me & that piano. This is not going to be any kind of a tribute to Tom — that tribute is taking place in my heart, for now; it’s too private, it’s between me & Tom & the great whatever-there-is. But pretty much anything I’ve played since I was 17 or 18 years old has some kinda Tom to it, so maybe it’s all a kind of tribute, in a way. Hope to see you there, and wherever you are... well, you know the rest. With love & thanks, Benmont "
  27. 3 points
  28. 3 points
    dollardime

    Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    Looking back I believe Tom knew that his time in this realm was drawing to a close. The last interview where he gave Ron some special praise was a very touching moment I thought...Mike and Benmont get a lot of plaudits but it was nice to give Ron his due there...the last three years post 2014..the timing of it all..the Mudcrutch album and tour, indeed in some ways the Mudcrutch tour last year would have been the ideal way to bow out of stage performance for Tom in my view. The Heartbreakers just concluded tour.from the start it just all seemed a bit..I can't find the right word or maybe its too early to be even thinking about the context of all of this at all...again i go back to the human dimension in all this..but for me anyway the last tour was a difficult watch on a human level particularly towards the end and that had nothing to do with set lists or songs played...my heart just went out to Tom and the body language of the rest of the band on stage especially in the last few shows..it was as if they knew as well...bigger picture and maybe the more important aspect the only aspect you could say is the music and the over 40 year treasure trove of songs and performances.... I think Tom kept going until he couldn't keep going no more and then kept going some more......
  29. 3 points
    dollardime

    TPATHB The Last DJ Sessions

    The studio/footage packages are some of the most precious.
  30. 3 points
    I am on the same loop with Dreams of Flying, Room at the Top and Crawling Back to You.
  31. 3 points
    fan4petty

    Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    In my news paper today. Had to share.
  32. 3 points
    http://www.panicstream.net/vault/category/tom-petty/
  33. 3 points
    Same, and Grohl to a lesser extent. You can tell some of these guys are still trying to find the right words.
  34. 3 points
    You never know but part of me thinks screw the 40th tour. Should've just postponed it or just done one special show (or three at the Hollywood Bowl). This would explain some of the off vibe or energy seeming to come from the stage at certain points. Jeez! If the poor guy was using a golf cart and in serious pain, it wasn't worth it. I respect his drive to make the audience happy though. Very sad...
  35. 3 points
    Mudcrutch

    Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    In Gainesville... http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171003/city-leaders-want-ideas-for-ways-to-honor-tom-petty
  36. 3 points
    Yes.. it IS so hard to grasp, isn't it..? It IS like losing part of yourself or a family member.. Such a strange feeling, trying to move about with all the normal stuff, all kinda numb, like sleepwalking or in a fever.. It's very unreal. Like someone said, we always new it could happen, but still never thought that it would.. Or like someone else said, I didn't realize quite how powerful and paralyzing the feeling, until the day was here.. I guess part of me must have thought that I'd go before he did.. Following this thread over the last days has been ,and is, such a solace in these dark and difficult times! So many stories here.. so vastly different, yet so strikingly similar.. I just really want to take this opportunity to thank you all for stopping by, whether newbies or old absent friends now returning. Thank you for sharing your feelings and sorrow! It has meant a lot to me to see all show up, and I'm sure to all of you too. Such a blessing that this Farmer's campfire of sorts has been a place for us all to come over these last few days. You guys really are the best in the world and I just know that Tom was proud of all the good people he touched in his life. Thank you! Thank you so very much! Should end by saying that listening to Night Driver last night, while looking out in the rain.. caused me to have a minor breakdown.. Such beautiful piece of music and lyrics, such strong evocative vocals.. a song that perhaps I haven't appreciated enough until that very sad and overdue moment. There's a shadow on the moon tonight I swear I see your face Up there with the satellites Lookin' down from outer space Me I'm drifting home again Headlights in my eyes Fighting sleep with windows down Worn out from long goodbyes Night driver Drifting home again
  37. 3 points
    wild1forever

    Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    ^^Beautiful! I love it. Been talking with a longtime friend and TPATH fan today. We saw a few shows together, sang the entirety of "Long After Dark" at our college parties; he even witnessed my 1982 moment when I jumped on stage and kissed Tom in Santa Cruz. He told me, and I quote: " I'm hearing from a lot of people checking on me as though I lost a family member; well, I did." That's been my experience today as well.
  38. 3 points
    As a one time regular, I'd hate to see the place go. Facebook is some polyester retirement home for groups, and would be a sad state for you lot. I honestly kind of miss the old darker layout, but that's just me Not relying on Facebook would be a good call, they are fickle, you can always just link out to related services if you need. Discord chat servers have become a pretty popular way to discuss things with a group of people due to the ease of setup/moderation, but that would be for more of a chat room situation, and the board layout is still the best fit for the Farm. Now that my son, 13, is branching out his music tastes more, he's become a Petty fan on his own (wore my old Sell Your Computer, Buy a Guitar shirt to school today in memory), I feel like trying to stick around for a bit here, see what interesting bits I missed out on over the past few years.
  39. 3 points
    Once a very long time ago (15 years+) I suggested the name for this site. My time on this site and the one that preceded it was my first real interaction on the internet. Over the years I obviously drifted away, but on this sad day I thought I would come back and say hello and I am so sorry for all of our loss of Tom Petty. I hope you all got to see this last tour.
  40. 3 points
    Marion

    Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    I'm the opposite, I'm clinging to his songs. They comfort me. (((Tom))) I never met you but I will love you forever. ❤️
  41. 3 points
    Hi guys! I did get to go to the show at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night and it was wonderful. I'm sure you are all disappointed to see that the set list remained the same but Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers were amazing as ever at the Hollywood Bowl! The crowd was on their feet and singing along with every song! The fan energy was incredible and I can't imagine how great it must feel to the band at this time in their life to make people so happy. They sold out all three shows at the Hollywood Bowl! They are always a thrill to me and I wasn't even in the first few rows! I think I was in about the 10th row but the energy was great and I felt like I was part of something big. Tom was in really good spirits and very chatty. Mike Campbell blows me away he is so freakin badass! Good grief, could the man be any more talented or cool? 68 years old and the crowd goes crazy for him! He is pure rock & roll cool!! Benmont was on fire too! I love how well they did with the video screens and they really focused on Benmont's hands at the right moments in the song. And I loved all of the old videos and pictures they played during the songs. It was just so fun to be celebrating the 40th anniversary with them in that special venue. I had a ball! I picked this T-shirt up at the show Now tonight is the last night of the tour. I heard that Jeff Lynne was spotted milling about so maybe he will join them!
  42. 2 points
    nurktwin

    Dhani Harrison remembers Tom Petty

    https://www.yahoo.com/music/newly-solo-dhani-harrison-remembers-tom-petty-first-person-played-record-023102993.html
  43. 2 points
    Thank you. Too much Facebook, and not nearly enough Mudcrutch Farm.
  44. 2 points
    crackfox

    Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    Whilst suffering a water leak in my house I was browsing the internet at around 2100hrs UK time when the news started coming through. I was in sheer panic at the news. All the confusion TMZ caused didn't help either. If i'm honest I still feel slightly lost. I have been a fan for over half my life now and it's hard to imagine a life without the guidance of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. I put Wildflowers on whilst reading the news but it just didn't sound the same. It sounded retrospective; like I was listening to Jeff Buckley or something, just horrible I phoned my friend (we both saw him less than three months ago at Hyde Park) and despite being as blokey as I could on the phone there was just a little too much dust in the room... Petty has always been a huge part of everything I do. At 22 I flew to New York & Buffalo from the UK to see him on my own in 2008, then in 2010 to Toronto & Buffalo to see him again with another fan who I met on the old tompetty.com messageboard and who lived just 10 miles away from me, followed by the Isle of Wight festival and finally Hyde Park less than three months ago. Six concerts which i'm incredibly grateful for as I know others never got the chance. I met up with my friend on Tuesday night to drown our sorrows at a local bar and ever since Monday night I've been a bit of a zombie at work. I work in Customer Service but at the moment I feel like lost interest in everything. I'm usually at the gym three times a week but at the moment I just want to get home and read the latest news/listen to his music. I feel like I need a kick up the arse to get my head back to normal; I'll be glad to get this week behind me. Now questions go through my mind as to what happens with the Heartbreakers and the band legacy. I do hope they continue in some form, as long as they don't become some god-awful "Queen 2" type band with other artists becoming the fill-in Petty. I always hoped for a Playback 2 box set, but will such complex releases now get shelved to for single CDs to cater for the masses and the "unreleased album" tag ala Michael Jackson? I certainly hope not His death seems very poetic in some ways. Finishing up with a (albeit 3 year old) cracking Heartbreakers album, the "this may be the last one" comments, the high-grossing 40th Anniversary tour wrapped up after just a week, the final recognition from the public and establishment, the "without you we wouldn't be us" comments and Toms comments about finally taking it easy for his granddaughter. You could almost make a movie out of it! I'm listening to Hard Promises now and forgot what a beautiful song "You Can Still Change Your Mind" is
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    This article doesn’t say it all (not even close), but it’s a start. https://www.popdust.com/pt-tom-petty-death-personal-america-2492919884.html
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    It touches me very deep
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    High Grass Dog

    Tom Petty: The Final Interview

    LA Times writer sits down with TP a couple of days after the tour, just days before he dies. Good article, with full audio of the interview. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-tom-petty-the-final-interview-20171004-story.html
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    Once upon a time, there was a song. It sounded like the great wide open its title suggested. It made me want to pick up a guitar and learn how to play. I learned how to play that very song and many, many more, wrote my own songs and continued to do so ever since. I can not put into words what the work of Tom Petty means to me and for the path I've chosen in my life. I only saw him once in concert, in 2012 in Mannheim, Germany. It was quite a trip and worth every inch of the way. He sang incredibly good, the band was tight and loose and lived up to every promise rock and roll ever gave us. I will never forget that night. Tom promised to come back, but the Heavens wanted him in their house band. "Yeah, the bad nights take forever and the good nights don't ever seem to last." The best of everything to you, Tom, on another Wilbury's journey. Thank you so very much. I would not be who I am today without your music.
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    MaryJanes2ndLastDance

    Now What? Your pick!

    My opinion on your poll: All the Rest---Aside from the sound quality Wildflowers isn't a special album to me, it's not one of my favorites and signaled a shift in Tom's songwriting towards a more mid-tempo groove and ballad type style. But I realize this is a favorite album of many people. Had Tom never brought this up as a possibility fans wouldn't be waiting in frustration for its release. But he did, and now I think he needs to follow through and have it out there. Perhaps it's all the record company's fault, who knows? So I think this is what he should tackle next. I'm generally not fond of re-releasing records that are now altered so I'd prefer All The Rest as its own record but I realize Tom may want to integrate the songs into the album. Heck, it could very well change my opinion of it. Wildflowers Tour---This goes hand in hand with All the Rest. Since he mentioned this as a possibility, a tour based on one of his most beloved records and I'm going to say his most beloved record not just by him but by fans, as well besides Greatest Hits, I think he should follow through. I actually think the original Wildflowers should've been performed on the 40th tour followed up by a second set of 10 big hits. I hope for those who love these records that the tour is a proper tour and not a one-off or residency. However, I don't know if that will happen for a while or at all after this tour. But the songs on this record seem a perfect fit for where Tom is now, sure there are some uptempo or heavier rock songs on here but most of it is a mellow, somber and bluesy if in feeling not actual style that I think he and the band would enjoy playing. It would be good if they stretched a few numbers out besides YDKHIF and King to offer some musical variety for both band and audience. I think Crawling Back To You could be quite a jamming heavy groove song or I could see Benmont adding some nice moody organ to Don't Fade On Me. And I would hope the improvisational bridge of You Wreck Me would get even longer and stranger and wilder with time. I disagree with Tom though, I think this record would go over well on a larger tour in the same places they just played, because I think it is most peoples' favorite record, bringing in new fans and eclipsing Damn The Torpedoes in the popular view. New TPATH album---I'd be surprised if they ever released another album of theirs I'll enjoy as much as Hypnotic Eye. The record's filled with energy and the experience of years and tours playing together, the slower songs were interesting experiments, different from anything they'd attempted before, the album ends on a heavy groove song taht goes on for a while and it has the most consistent rocking songs he's released in years; a much overdo and refreshing change from the somber Echo, the slowpaced ballad heavy Last Dj and the overlong confused yet filled with gems Mojo. But new music is where Tom has always seemed most energized, if he doesn't want to repeat Hypnotic Eye than I hope he goes forward into something strange and experimental, with different song structures, embracing the weird psychedelic streak running through the band, instead of a falling back into ballads such as Angel Dream or more country and blues. I also don't see the point in touring behind a record either which consists of playing three to four new songs and then the same old thing they've offered. I realize this is probably a minority opinion for those who can't get enough of whatever this last tour was. New TPATH tour---No interest in this. New Mudcrutch Album---Sure. I think they'll probably do a third, have a trilogy of records but just that they released two different but fine records is pretty good in and of itself! But it seems too close to when the second one came out for a third to happen so soon. New Mudcrutch Tour---Since these are usually short I think most would be happy with another set of concerts but I could see them focusing on a one-off or residency at this point. After the 40th TPATH I doubt they'll be any big tour again, aside from maybe Wildflowers. New Tp Solo---No interest. I think he said he's done with these anyway. TP to stick to his radio channel/show---No opinion, don't listen to it. Figure he'll keep it going sounds like it's a fun hobby for him, being a dj. TP to produce other artists---No opinion, don't listen to anyone he's produced. Something Else----Years and years ago there was the rumor of Frank Black and the Heartbreakers doing an album; that would've been fun but I doubt it will ever happen...heck it may not have even be true. I think, as others on here have suggested but a little different from what Dollardime said above that Tom should play some online broadcast concerts from their rehearsal room, a chance to experiment, jam, play deep cuts and the much beloved covers, have the recordings free to record for the fans and share in soundboard quality from the broadcast. Let people know with enough time to tune in. It doesn't have to be a regular thing but just a fun, going to jam and treat the fans to songs Tom would'nt play on these tours. Like a residency but longer and with more of a focus on deep cuts and jamming. Free of expectations of crowds or the concern of boring people, they could explore their discography. These should be made available to everyone, not just members of the fan club, etc. But if that were the case, then Tom should allow people to share the recordings after, so the Highway Companion club people get the live tune in and others can still enjoy the audio later on. The point is, these should be free, and should be fun. I think TPATH would rediscover songs that they've forgotten and maybe have more of an appreciation for them. cheers
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