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TwoGunslingers last won the day on August 23 2016

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    Most things I worry 'bout...
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  1. Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    Now it seems more or less official Tom had a tiny fracture in his hip that caused him a lot of pain. I think I read it on Rolling Stone, Dimitriades told it. He wanted to have it operated after the tour. Peter Wolf from J Geils Band also said Tom was in a lot of pain. So maybe he was on a lot of medication, or at least a bit of medication, on that last tour. And sometimes you're not exactly yourself when on medication. He might have been a bit drowsy or a bit high, so to speak, from painkillers or whatever. But I, too, don't buy into the idea that he and the band knew he was not going to live much longer. Nothing so far indicates that, imo.
  2. Some Thoughts on Into The Great Wide Open

    And I thought they were just another bad rock band with a fiddle! No, I must say, this is quite beautiful. Chris Stapleton also did a cover.
  3. Rolling Stone: Remembering Tom Petty

    Today was tough. I thought I was over it somehow, but, no, I'm not. Does anybody know whether this is only in the digital issue of RS or print as well? The RS website has the cover (of the November issue?) with Tom on it, but doesn't say anything about when you can buy it. Thanks.
  4. Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    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.
  5. What the Last DJ rallied against

    You're welcome! I had difficulties staying focused in the first chapters... where it's getting really interesting is the birth of rock and roll, obviously. This is a really, really sad thought.
  6. Guitar Pedals

    "From across the canyon / A guitar Plays / Through an amplifier / On long delay"... Could this be a coincidence? I think not!
  7. What the Last DJ rallied against

    You might find that book interesting, in case you don't already know it... https://www.amazon.com/Cowboys-Indies-History-Record-Industry/dp/1250043379 The author Gareth Murphy shows pretty well how, over the decades of the past century, the role of what he calls "record men" all but vanished from the industry. People like John Hammond, who discovered Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan AND Bruce Springsteen, to name just a few, had the ears and knowledge to find interesting, promising artists who might have had to learn a thing or two, but in the long run guaranteed not only high sales, but also evolved as artists. Murphy argues that Rick Rubin could probably be the last "record man" in that more old-fashioned sense.
  8. Do you drink Coffee?

    Yes, coffee, of course! I'm German, it's our favorite hot drink! If yes, how do you take it? a) Fancy speciality drink? --> Noooo! Filter/drip or anything else, to be honest... Only rarely have I had a bad coffee (mostly from machines). b ) with alcohol? --> No... c) Sugar? Cream? Black? --> Milk. No sugar. d) Do you like it pipin' hot or on the cooler side? --> Inbetween, probably... neither too hot nor too cool tastes good... e) Have you ever given up coffee? --> Nope. Why should I? But I don't go to Starbuck's anymore.
  9. What the Last DJ rallied against

    I wonder how deep Tom and his peers look into the modern mechanisms of marketing their music (lots of „m“s in this sentence!). Are they glad that they are what one could consider established acts? I remember some interviews where Tom said – I’m paraphrasing here – he wouldn’t know where to start if he was a young artist nowadays and that it’s all much more difficult than it was back then. But does that mean that being an established act in the sense that you’ve been a successful artist for many, many years makes it easier for you to sell tickets? And/or your music? Or is it just as hard as it is for younger artists like Swift, but in a different way? We cannot know for sure, of course. Just wondering.
  10. Zollo and Zanes books on Petty, what do you think?

    I meant songwriting, but yes, whether he got the songs covered or not is subject to debate. I have a feeling, in general, that Petty does not like to give too much away about the songs as such, what they "are about" etc. I believe he wants to leave space for the listeners to fill the songs with their own meaning, not narrowing it down beforehand too much. What I always find interesting is the talk about the songwriting process that Zollo is so good at. Regarding the recording session synopsis you hint at - wouldn't that be something one of us could collect from booklets and online Information? Someone with a little too much time? ;-) Even though we could not do it track by track, probably, since most albums do not give individual track information. OK, I see the problem here. That would be a neat thing, though. What I was trying to say about tours is that no matter who you ask, the touring experience as such seems to be rather dull and more of a routine. So I don't think detailed accounts of what happened where and when would not offer too much insight. Maybe into the band dynamic. But not necessarily, and it also depends on how good memory is of those who were there.
  11. Zollo and Zanes books on Petty, what do you think?

    That would be another interesting thread: Favorite rock bios! Levon Helm's "This Wheel's on Fire" would be on my list, for example. Even if it's somewhat biased by his bitterness towards Robbie Robertson. But that's another story. Well, me, I don't want full diclosure on all things TPHB. Plus, I think, more touring details would be either depressing or downright boring - or both. Zollo's got the songwriting covered, which is more than one can ask for, actually - at least that's the innermost sanctum of the music making process. Details on recording would also be rather dull, I imagine. You can only dwell on one recording technique or the other for so long.
  12. Zollo and Zanes books on Petty, what do you think?

    Great topic, MJ2LD! Reminds me I wanted to write something on the books myself, kind of a comparison of rock-bios. But it seems most reasonable to narrow it down to those two Petty books, obviously (originally, I would have liked to compare the books on Billy Joel, Springsteen's autobiography and the Zanes-book, but that would have mushroomed too quickly, I guess, and so I was kind of intimidated by the approach). I would like to go a little more into detail, but for now I can only say while I like both books a lot, Zollo's has been some kind of a handbook or roadmap for me over the years. It really goes to interesting places, discussing songwriting, which I always love, and focussing on the music. At the same time, that, for me, was also the justification for Zanes' approach: Try to shed a little more light on Petty's life. I was intrigued to learn more about the Lynch dynamic and shocked by the insights in Jane's problems and the troubles it caused for the family. I think it says a lot about Petty that he, in the past, did not tell the public what their separation was about and what horrible incidents preceded it. And, yeah, it's true - Tom seems to be a man rather removed from regular life as we know it, but that comes with rock star status, I guess. Plus, we don't want rock stars to be regular guys, do we? They have to be outstanding in one way or another to do what they do and to create extraordinary music.
  13. George Harrison Telecaster

    You gotta be kidding me! 12,000???
  14. Which Tom Petty Song Are You?

    I'm The Waiting... don't really know whether this fits or not...
  15. Clearest example of another musician's influence on TP?

    It's funny but reassuring that we all agree on American Girl! I, too, never heard the Byrds in there. It's in fact a Bo Diddley beat like Jay said, played a bit faster. The Waiting, on the other hand, is a song I clearly hear some Byrds in. In the chiming intro riff and the McGuinnian Chorus, for example. No coincidence, maybe, that McGuinn swears Tom got the title from him (even though Tom claims otherwise). There once was a tribute article on The Byrds in Rolling Stone (in a "greatest artists of all time" kind of special issue) that Petty wrote and where he stated that in the early days, the band tried to sound like a cross between The Rolling Stones and The Byrds. That might provide some clear insight as far as influences go. That Petty went on to work with not only one, but two of The Beatles (The Beatles!) gives a further clue. Although I'm not sure Wildflowers is a good example. Dylan is maybe the most obvious choice as an influence on Tom's vocals. Not only I Can't Fight It, but also Trailer wears Dylan's sonic mark pretty much on its sleeve. And so many more. But another artist that never gets any mention in the influences list is Lightnin' Hopkins (listen to Once a Gambler, for example, and you'll hear what I mean). Especially the latter day Petty in his bluesier numbers owes a great deal to the Hopkinsian vocal delivery. Then there are artists Tom likes to cover (Van Morrison, as Shelter pointed out, comes to mind) that did not necessarily leave an impression in the band's sound or Tom's songwriting. But they are important to him and add a certain flavor live that cannot be found in his originals.