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  1. 7 points

    Coroner's Report/Petty Family Update

    Bob Seger cancelled his tour last fall due to a threatening health scare. 13 shows in, with 20 remaining. He’s 72 years old, (!!!!) and still puts on a GREAT and lively show. His band is amazing, like the Heartbreakers are. Consummate Professionals. Yeah, cancelling the tour was unfortunate. Bob even had a new album out that he could not promote. No press, no interviews, nothing. He was having issues with pain in his neck, a vertebrae issue, that was affecting his ability to perform. The doctors immediately told him to stop. The rescheduled shows, confirmed for this spring, have yet to be announced, 4 months later. I love Seger. I would rather have the wait, and see him recovered and well. I would take Seger alive and feeling better any day over the alternative. I contrast that with Tom’s situation. Man, it sucks that Tom is no longer here. We can all agree on that. I tend to agree with Shelter on this, in regards to his thoughts on the last tour. I think it was the ultimate conundrum for Tom. His brain (and his body) were telling him, “Nope. You can’t do this anymore. Surely not a large scale tour of any sort.” And his heart (along with his steely will and sheer stubbornness) were telling him, “You gotta do this, man. You love it, you need it, you were born for this. I DON’T SCARE EASY…” I imagine he wrestled with this tremendously. Should I really do this tour? Can I do it, from a health and physical standpoint? I’m sure he wanted to because it was the 40th Anniversary (making the decision that much harder!) That’s a huge achievement, and something special. But I can’t help but think that there were serious doubts, on all sides, with his health issues being in question. Did anyone catch any of the 2016 Mudcrutch shows? I did. I was at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago. And it was flat out awesome!! It was a magical night. I remember Tom was wearing a black western shirt, with embroidery and the works. It was so cool. It was like, “This is my Mudcrutch get-up, not my Heartbreakers gig.” It was a totally different vibe; laid back & communal. The band sounded loose and great, and were clearly having so much fun together on stage. The banter, the stories, the friendships…It was joyous in that aspect. That being said, I did notice that Tom was more measured and more tired-looking that evening. He took his time throughout the night, wasn’t pushing himself hard. His voice, while still sounding good, was weaker. BUT…that was Ok, because there were several other singers in the mix, all sharing songs and vocals. Basically, he didn’t have to sing the whole night. He was being covered and carried (in a good way) by his bandmates. And that’s most likely the reason why they choose to bring the Webb Sisters along in 2017. Then we arrive at the proposed “Wildflowers Tour” (WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN THE ULTIMATE DREAM COME TRUE). This honestly, is one of the saddest things for me in light of Tom’s passing…the idea that this tour was so close to actually happening. Tom and Co. reached out to Norah Jones, asking if she’d join the tour and help sing the Wildflowers songs. Which, if you think about if for a moment, would’ve been pretty amazing. A night of Tom and Norah singing together…what a combination. Because Tom needed this, in order to keep touring, IF he was going to keep doing it on any level. The top 3 examples point to this (Mudcrutch 2016, 40th 2017, and Wildflowers 2018). Near the end, it seems the years of abuse, the standard rock and roll lifestyle (constant touring, struggles with drugs, health issues mounting as he grew older) had taken their toll and finally caught up to him. You could see it. And yes, you could argue that it was his time. In Rock and Roll Years (same concept as dog years, and yes, I made that term up), he was certainly pretty old! He lived a long, full life in that respect. He died doing what he loved, and managed to go out on top, at the end of a big celebratory tour. So, maybe it was all meant to be this way. However, it still doesn’t hurt any less now that he’s gone.
  2. 6 points
    Hey Guys, Not sure if anyone has posted about this yet... but just wanted to say how AMAZING Mike & the Knobs were last night at the imperial ball. They broke out some classic & older Knob songs like Loaded Gun, Mama Told Me, Shake These Blues and the obligatory Humdinger cover! Mike was in great voice and his guitar playing was as impressive, tasteful, and mind-blowing as ever. Beyond the great, rocking Knob content there were two other surprises/highlights: 1.) Stephen Stills!! Towards the end of the show, Mike told us a special guest would be coming out who "is the shit". They launched into an extended intro for Hey Joe and as soon as that iconic Hendrix intro riff started Stills strolled out and joined the band with some ripping guitar solos. After Hey Joe, Stills carried the vocals for a cover of "Born Under A Bad Sign". A little shaky at first, but they soon got their grip and it turned into a hell of a jam. The place was going wild. Next came "Love The One Your With", with the crowd singing along for the chorus. Great solos from both Mike and Steve. 2.) Mike's Tom petty Tribute. Very moving and heartfelt, some people around me actually in tears. For the first time ever, the knobs played 2 Heartbreaker Songs (after a special speech from Mike saying how they never play these songs but he wanted to play it for his friend one last time). Something Good Coming was up first. It was mesmerizing. Delicate, perfect for the occasion, and some nice improv. slide playing. Then came a rocking' Running Down A Dream that culminated in Mike's iconic solo. Standing ovation from the crowd. Mike was genuinely grateful and thank'd us, though we were all beyond honored to be there Below are youtube links I found of Mike's intro/something good coming & Running Down A Dream. I didn't want to do a full summary of these moments so you can see for yourself. All in all an incredible night of music! Thank you Mike!! Hopefully some more Knobs shows are on the horizon...
  3. 5 points
    That's exactly what I was going to say, Timflyte, but you beat me to it. One of the reasons You Don't Know How it Feels was such a smash hit was because of that line in the chorus..."Let's get to the point, let's roll another joint." That was a huge line with the youth of the day, when the song hit radio waves. And people always cheer when he comes to it in concert. In fact, I think that's why both YDKHIF and You Wreck Me were such big songs off Wildflowers...they both resonated with the youth (IMHO). And I think the lines that everyone smiles at in You Wreck me, as previously stated, are "I'll be the boy in the corduroy pants, you be the girl at the high school dance, run with me, etc." Give me a chance. It's a similar sentiment to Even the Losers to me. Young kids get this idea. At least I did And, we were wearing corduroy pants in the 90s. Just like our parents were in the early 70s.... I was in high school in the mid-90's, and Tom was very popular. He was and MTV king in 1994. You could argue that he was riding a mega high wave from 1989 all the way up to 1995/1996. During this period, grunge was in high gear...kids in my school were fans of the big bands of the day–Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, STP, and Alice in Chains. See the similarities? Oh, yeah, and Tom Petty. Wildflowers brought him a new generation of fans....the youth. And Last Dance With Mary Jane was a monster song...THAT EVERYONE LIKED. Compared to the above mentioned bands, Tom Petty was probably seen as the old rocker (at 44, ha)...a classic rocker. One of the guys their parents grew up listening to. Yet, Tom Petty was cool. You just liked him. Jean jacket, converse all stars, laid back kinda guy. Rolling another joint. Famous, but not interested in fame. And with Wildflowers, and the 1995 Dogs With Wings Tour, he gained a bigger and wider following with the youth. Watch the 400 Days documentary. They interview all these young fans (high school/college age kids) pouring out of the show afterwards. They are say the same thing, "Tom Petty is cool." This one 19 year old kid says how he "loves his Wildflowers tape." Ha. And that all his friends love Tom Petty. I put Tom in the same camp with peers like Seger, Springsteen and Mellencamp. Heartland rock, blue collar rock, American rock and roll, Everyman rock, whatever you want to label it. Each are great artists in their own respect, and all 4 were pretty huge in the 70's and 80's at various points. Then we get to the mid-90s, and there is a drop off in popularity (WITH THE YOUTH) with Seger, Springsteen, and Mellencamp, comparatively. But not with Tom. He was still accepted, popular and cool. Was it the music videos? The laid back image? The consistent quality output of hit songs? Another interesting thing to note about Tom in the early to mid-90's was his "suite of songs" that contained both subtle and blatant drug references. I'm referring to the songs Last Dance With Mary Jane ("I hit the last number, I walked to the road"), YDKHIF, You Get Me High, and Girl on LSD. There may be more. I wonder if he was in a mood, or just catering to the youth, since they were digging it? He didn't have this druggie image, and yet he was singing about it quite a bit. It was almost as if since it was coming from Tom, it was fine and harmless. He would sing Girl on LSD, then follow that with a lovely version of Learning to Fly. Or he would do the road-weary, moody 13 Days (with lots of references), and follow that by moving, acoustic version of Kings Highway. The contrast between the 2 songs both drastically different. I don't know, just an observation. And perhaps another reason why TP was popular in the 90's... And, to address the actual thread topic...YES, I think You Wreck Me was and is a hit! It's a classic feel good Tom Petty song. I've always loved it.
  4. 5 points
    I just saw this: https://www.statnews.com/2018/01/23/tom-petty-accidental-overdose/ Not to engage myself in any "debate", I may say this: Please read this at your own risk. It's one man's opinion and speculation. More over it may be produced as part of an agenda. Even so. It's written by a professional and has a few words of wisdom to offer. As for myself, I find it difficult, crippling sad and mostly pointless to speculate or pass judgement about the private, medical details in all this. I just don't know the exact hows, whats and whys. It's surely complicated and I don't even know if I wanna go there. What I do know is what I have witnessed and pondered myself in terms of the professional side. That is, how Tom, to me, did not look or seem healthy over the cause of last year's public performances. I don't know when things started to get worse rapidly, but save for having knee problems for some time and looking generally a bit more tired at times during the 2016 Mudcrtuch, it seemed something happened over the 2016-2017 winter. Perhaps the hip, perhaps something else, perhaps....(again.. I don't know and I don't want to speculate about the causes and the illments). Fact is - to me - he did not look in good health at all at the Musicares event, and he did not look in good health in a lot of the photage from last tour. It may seem like stellar performances in some ways - sure - but somehow I had a sense that he was really genuinly into it a 100% this time. It may seem great from a certain worshipping point of view and surely impressive for someone never to have seen this band perform before - since they were out-of-this-world great, as always. But to me, personally, it seemed like something about Tom wasn't quite right. What was done and how it was done was even more routine than usual (keeping in mind that Tom always was a friend of routine in his live shows). Even by his standards things seemed set in auto pilot and rather tired. He even look borderline struggling in some photage. Things that would surely have passed unnoticed and uncommented in the age before HD cameras or if he had not so sadly left us this past October. In case of the latter, perhaps any tiredness and stagnation would have been credited to lack of artistic vision or energy by "tough" (some say unfair) critics like myself, but since knowing what we know now, I can't help but regret making such assumptions in the past. Even while it was playing out it should have been more obvious to me, or at least it should have been thinkable, that the reason for what I found to be tiredness, indeed was due to severe health issues. In short, like I said before, and all speculation about the substances, injuries and clinical analyses aside, I personally feel this tour did not do Tom any good. And I further think that the shape he was in did not - despite the best intentions, stubborness and willingness to take some (to most of us) seriously f-cked up risks - help making the tour quite what it could have been, or even what it was meant to be, I'm sure. Now, of course doing the tour could have been due to financial obligations, to his famous generosity to all his beloved fans, his crew or whatever .(I am having a hard time believing it would have for artistic reasons this time - it can't have been THAT important to repeat the old show that many times in the face of everything - that is surely delusional!). A brave and hard struggle, it was, but really... If anything, the ONLY logical professional reason behind going ahead with this tour in the shape he was in, must have been either financial/contractual obligations OR that he knew that it was gonna be the last hurrah. Sad as it is, that is how I understand it. If he thought that he was gonna live and have more shots at doing great stuff in various ways, why then set out on such a struggle at such a cost for the artistic outcome and his personal health? That he - despite his pain and suffering and the effect it must have had on this tour, not only to me - is said to have loved every minute of it, and been so proud of the result (not only of his brave struggle, am I to understand), well, all that also speaks more to to the logic that he felt something was seriously the matter, than to the theory that he was looking ahead for new things to come. This is the final enigma.. paradox if you will, that I think that I will forever find myself facing. I don't in particular think Tom knew he was going, but still, from a strictly professional point of view, and granted that I can't be alone in reacting the way I did to last year's tour, why do the tour if he didn't? I find it both hard and sad trying to make these things compute.
  5. 4 points

    Coroner's Report/Petty Family Update

    This transcript was shared over at Tom Petty Nation. I hope they don't mind that I share it here. Steve Ferrone is a good friend. ❤️ Here is a rough transcript of Steve Ferrone's statement on episode 32 of the New Guy Show. It’ll play tonight 5PM EST/8PM PST. It does set the record straight. "I’m gonna start the show with something that has been bothering me, I know there has been a lot of chatter on the internet, people talking about addiction, and opiates, and stuff like that, with Tom, and I have to say, I kind of know a bit about addictions, what it does to people, and how people react, and I was playing with Tom when he was dealing with addiction, and there’s a lot of personality changes that happen with addiction, and there was none of that. I used to help Tom up onstage before and he was in a lot of pain with his hip, people used to come to the concerts and see us with his arm around my shoulder and we were talking, and basically, like, “are you ok with this step”, and he would get up there and he would step on the stage, and I guess he was taking his medication as prescribed, and it would get him through the show, and it would last through the show so he wouldn’t need me to help him back up onto the stage for the encore, so what happened when his hip collapsed, he must have been in awful, awful pain and it was a horrible accident, but I can tell you that Tom was taking painkillers because he was in pain, and that was it."
  6. 3 points
    Here's the thing as I see it....you keep reading Tom's thinking of his fans , but I believe , 100% of his fans , would rather have no tour and a healthy Tom. I know I would and I believe all of us here feel the same. He obviously didn't know how much we care . As much as his fans enjoyed the tour , to have Tom recuperating , would've made us all happier. I think there's more to his health problems then they're saying , and that's their right for privacy. I had a uncle who died , fairly young , early 50's, who if he didn't have the surgery he'd die , but he died during surgery. Maybe Tom's case was like this. His emphysema may have prevented surgery , we just don't know.
  7. 3 points

    Coroner's Report/Petty Family Update

    A side effect of my medication is shortness of breath. I can't sing a lot of the songs that I normally could sing before the medication. Luckily, singing isn't my job or my livelihood. While I do believe Tom wanted to be out there playing music... I agree that it was probably rough and painful for him. --- Though, I try to look at Tom's life from my own perspective. My health has just been getting worse over the past couple years, and if I was able to push myself and go out doing what I loved... hell yeah. That's what I'd do. Tom's passing, in a weird way, reminds me of this ideology: Guitars are meant to be played. If I had a rare guitar, or any guitar... I would rather give it to someone I know would love to play it rather than sell it to someone who wanted to put it on display or put it in storage as an investment. Tom wanted to play music. I think Neil Young said it best: It's better to burn out than to fade away. Tom deserved twenty more years with his family, to love them, to spend time with them, and they deserved to have him around, but life doesn't always work out that way. I simply mean to say that it is best (in my eyes) he went out doing something he loved rather than being trapped in a retirement home like many people have to live through. *'It's better to burn out than to fade away' is actually from the last song on the album (Into the Black). However, I prefer the acoustic opening version which has a similar line because it's more personal/intimate.
  8. 3 points
    Last night I waded through hundreds of comments on Reddit about the statement. After finding so many of them impersonal and meaningless, I posted this in response: "Last May, I had the great privilege of spending one of the greatest nights of my life watching Tom and the guys perform. No more than 15 feet from him in the center of the 3rd row, I attended the show alone and spent an ethereal couple of hours swept up in the epicenter of Tom's magical spell. Watching him was bittersweet. He played and sang like the star he was, but because I was so close to him I could see he was struggling. I'm sure most people didn't notice, as he hid it well. I wrote down my memories from the show the next day, including that Tom looked a bit older and a bit fragile somehow. Later, I found out about his hip. He was in great pain, I'm sure of it, but he fought through it to give the people what he could- his music. God Bless Tom Petty, we didn't deserve him. I've had so much love for Tom over the years. I've always loved his radio station and I've found myself listening to it every single day since October 2. I didn't think I could love him more than I did before, but since he passed, my heart still breaks a little each day when I hear his voice on the radio. Even the lyrics in his songs seem to hold more meaning somehow than they did before. I caught an episode of King of the Hill the other day and it made me cry. Something told me to spend every dime I had to buy that ticket, to say fuck it and venture out alone to see him as close up as I possibly could. Those couple of hours felt like seconds, and yet simultaneously like everyone else faded into the background and Tom was singing just for me. Thank you for the magic, Tom, and thanks for praying for us Lost Children. I will love you and your music until the day I leave this earth." Thought maybe a few of you would relate. I'm listening to Tom's music all day today (I do most days, but today it feels even more important). Hope you're all hanging in there.
  9. 2 points

    A new family member

    My nephew and his wife just had their 1st baby this morning at 10:10am Central Time. The new baby boy weighed in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces and his name is Danny, after his grandfather and my brother Danny.
  10. 2 points

    Broke My Heart Just Now

    His smile just pierced my heart in this video. Oh Tom, why did you have to leave us????
  11. 2 points
  12. 2 points

    New Tom Petty book

    Tom Petty credits Jon Scott for his successful career with Heartbreakers. It's in several articles and Petty honored Jon Scott in one of his last concerts and said there would be no Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers if it weren't for Jon Scott. Back in the 1970's Jon Scott was a record promoter and heard Petty's songs and when he was with Mudcrutch and loved the sound of his voice and went to every radio station in the area to have his songs played and was very persistent. When Tom moved to LA and was with Heartbreakers, Jon Scott was also assigned to promote his songs and he finally met Petty in a dressing room and asked if Petty ever heard of his name and Petty said he hadn't and the guy said he'd make Petty famous by getting his songs played on the radio and said he' would remember his name. Petty didn't believe the guy and asked to have the children removed from his dressing room and wasn't very nice to the guy as his career was floundering and he was on the verge of being dropped from a record label - but Jon Scott prevented him from being dropped from the record label and went around tirelessly to promote his music to the radio stations and promoters. Later on, when Petty became famous, he heard the guy who went around to all the radio stations and demanded his songs be played was Jon Scott and he called to apologize to him for his behavior. After that, they had been friends for 40 years and Petty credits Jon Scott for his career. So I'm interested in reading the book from Jon Scott.
  13. 2 points

    Classic Rock Video of the Day II

    2/13/18 The Monkees
  14. 2 points
    Shelter's Burden I agree. Leaving off that who knows, Tom may have still died if he hadn't gone on tour, that it could've been his time as it were and I'm not saying I think that, I'm just lightly pointing out another option. Unless I'm missing something it looks like here are the three main points that have been brought up: 1) Shouldn't have done the tour with a hip injury and/or not in the best health. Since we know so little about the situation it doesn't make sense for him to go on tour if he wasn't in good shape or injured himself at some point during the run. It's admirable! The display of strength and determination regardless of the meds helping is respectable. But definitely not worth it. Maybe he figured one more time and he'd never do this again and the thought of canceling on the crew and the fans and the band and then building up to doing it all again after a major surgery/hip replacement could've seemed like too much. 2) Did Tom have a drug problem that contributed to his death? It seems like most people don't think so and Steve has gone on record saying he doesn't think that was the case. I think a lot of people feel that Tom simply took too many meds to ease the agony he was in, without knowing what it would do to him. 3) The quality of the tour. This divides into two points: the performances and the set list. Anyone new to the board who wants to read a lot of set list discussion, just search around and you'll find pages and pages dedicated to the topic; criticisms, defense, dream set lists, current at the time tour reviews of set lists, etc. Without returning to the set list criticism, I didn't think there was anything special about this tour from my the distance of my computer screen, and aside from a few songs, nothing exciting about the set list. Performance wise I think there were some moments that felt rote to me while other songs seemed energized, particularly You Wreck Me which extended to a Mike/Benmont back-n-forth. Now that Tom has died, the entire last tour has a completely different feel to it, particularly the last show. My criticisms are the same but that it's their last concert, it's less about the set list and more about that final experience. Does that make sense? But yes, I agree with Shelter that in comparison to other tours and what they've done in the past, there was nothing particularly note worthy about this tour while it happened. That doesn't attempt to negate others' enjoyment, how could it? Many people on here (and not here) went to the shows and enjoyed it and I'm sure are grateful they went considering Tom's passing. Here I'm going to go off the beaten path a bit and return to what I lightly touched upon before. Who knows? Perhaps on some deeper level Tom felt he should go do this, that he never would again. PURE SPECULATION. Who knows? Maybe not. Maybe he simply wanted to do the tour and deal with his health after the fact; we just don't know enough and yet, as is often the case in these types of situations, can't help returning and trying to regardless. It feels that way, it could just be the missing pieces that are the family's business and not ours, but it just does feel off, since there was the small time between the last show and his death. He even gave an interview during that period of time!
  15. 2 points
    2/10/18 Tom Petty & Eric Clapton
  16. 2 points
    Understood. I wonder if there were plans for Tom to get his hip fixed after the tour. Again, we just don't know enough about any of this. What better place to express such thoughts than this forum?
  17. 2 points
    Hoodoo Man

    Coroner's Report/Petty Family Update

    I had pretty good seats for the Boston show. He clearly had some pain at times, my wife and I both noticed this. At the same time he was clearly, truly enjoying being on the stage even if it was the same set and overall show that we saw in CT a month before. He loved the audience as much as we loved him and seemed genuinely grateful to have an audience and be putting on a show for them. His voice was strong and he had the patter of someone that cradled the crowd in his hand. I will miss him forever. We can wish all we want that things were different. It breaks my heart that he is gone, and I was really crushed quiet recently when my 12 year old daughter asked me if I knew he died of an overdose. He sure didn't look or act like an addict from what I could see.
  18. 2 points
    4 July 1986. 1. So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye (Weldon Rogers) 2. Positively 4th Street 3. Clean Cut Kid 4. Emotionally Yours 5. Trust Yourself 6. We Had It All (Donny Fritts-Troy Seals) 7. Masters Of War Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Straight Into Darkness (Tom Petty) Think About Me (Tom Petty) The Waiting (Tom Petty) Breakdown (Tom Petty) 8. To Ramona 9. One Too Many Mornings 10. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall 11. I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know (Cecil A. Null) 12. Band Of The Hand 13. When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky 14. Lonesome Town (Baker Knight) 15. Ballad Of A Thin Man Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry) Make It Better (Forget About Me) (Tom Petty) Spike (Tom Petty) Refugee (Tom Petty & Mike Campbell) 16. Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35 17. Seeing The Real You At Last 18. Across The Borderline (Ry Cooder/John Hiatt/Jim Dickinson)
  19. 2 points
    Another note , watching Tom's interviews of the past couple of years on YouTube. The one with Tavis and the later Gary Shandling one. Poor Tom , he had to have had the emphysema at the time ,but with Gary in the first 10 minutes or so of the interview he's on three cigs !!! Now of course I know they could've stopped tape and re started but geez , I just wish I could've told him about my dad . I loved the Gary interview as he walks through the house showing his home studio , pianos , guitars on the wall, and Tom is so natural , no show business showy stuff , just him in a shirt and baseball cap. A normal guy who made it huge. This is why I think I enjoy his music . No pretense of being a star .
  20. 2 points
    Tom said in his Tavis Smiley interview ( on YouTube ) from 2010 his eyes can't take the bright lights. I think the bottom line is , his other health problems prevented his getting the hip surgery at the time. Emphysema is a killer. See my earlier comments about my dad. They probably told Tom there was no guarantee he'd make it through the surgery so he did the tour first. I can't imagine doing that with that much pain. How he could play guitar and carry a show in that pain is beyond me.
  21. 2 points
    Hey guys, The other day I decided to do a Podcast of my memories of Tom Petty. I wanted to share it with this community here. I wasn't sure where to put this, but this thread seemed like the best fit. Like yourself, I'm just a fan, but I felt the need to do it. It is 30 minutes long, just a heads up. If you venture to give it a listen, I hope you enjoy it.... http://saint-creative.com/petty/ Be inspired! Carl
  22. 2 points
    2/2/18 Bob Dylan
  23. 2 points
    Something good coming was an inspired choice for a tribute by Mike to Tom. The lyrics really resonated and the way Mike delivered them spoke of a long deep bond of love and respect between two music brothers. Great to see Mike up on stage again, I'm sure it's a help in the healing process.
  24. 2 points

    Stevie Nicks remembers TP

  25. 2 points
    Oh my.. That was very special. More so than I was quite prepared for. How to put this...... I love you Mike! As far as the heritage of some of these songs go... you are the Captain now!
  26. 2 points
    Thanks for the review! Great job!! I bet there wasn't a dry eye in the house with that tribute. Thanks for the videos. I love it! And here I was worried about Mike getting asked to play Heartbreaker songs. What a great tribute and a class act! Love my Knobs!!
  27. 2 points

    Coroner's Report/Petty Family Update

    He went down swingin' and enjoying every minute of it. ❤️
  28. 2 points

    Who sent SG the smiling Steve F photo?

    Hey y'all, it's been awhile since I visited the Farm. Time has not been my own for a couple of years... but it's begun to settle down. Unfortunately my computer kinda hit the dirt and I lost a bunch of photos - one of them was a great photograph of Steve Ferrone, taken by one of our Farmers here, who graciously shared it with me several years ago when I put out a call for a photo of Steve smiling behind the drum kit during a concert. I wanted to do a portrait of Steve, but didn't have the chance to take my own photos. When I lost the photo, I lost the name of the person who gave it to me. Proper and sincere thanks are deserved! So if you're the one who shared this photo, speak up now! Here is the portrait I created from it...
  29. 2 points
  30. 1 point

    Can someone share a Dirty Knobs show?

    There is no official album. Mike only released 2 singles and they were only released in a vinyl 45. Check your PMs though. 😉
  31. 1 point
    I think it's close to the peak for the original band with Stan though some shows from '81 or '82 (I think, when they still played Nightwatchman and delivered an over two hour show) were good as well, as you mention. Seems like the "future was wide open" for the band; it could be cause it was the first time seeing them, but there seemed to be a good balance between new songs and their past work. Ending the show with Makin' Some Noise, a brand new rocker was fun. Not knowing the inner turmoil going on, it was surprising when Stan was gone. In some ways this tour was also an all out embracing of the sillier/goofier elements of the band with the Psychedelic Dragon and the over-the-top intro with Hat and outro chase scene for Don't Come Around Here No More, oh yeah, and the fairy tale tree backdrop. Also Mike, Ben and Stan had special moments in the concert. Looking back on it the entire tour seemed like a bookend to that version of the band, though it didn't seem like it at the time. The energy and mix of songs made for a fun show.
  32. 1 point
    ^ Now when all is said, or at least done, I suppose that tour stands out like the very special one for me as well. Not only cause it was the first, but cause after many others and plenty of reference, it seem like one of the best and most special in many way. It was at that very special point in life when their career were commercially and artistically peaking and they were "experienced but still hungry" in terms of age. Golden years in many ways. Short of the silly dream to have been old enough and able to be there and see them back around 76 or 77 or at the early days of real stardom in 82 (when they really kicked *ss, in my book), the Great Wide Open Tour must have been the best and ultimate time to see them, as far as the first few decades go. For sure. In some ways that really was the top of the mountain. Although, in terms of sound, probably as much due to tech development as to performance perfection and a more mature.. temper.. I still think they never sounded better, grittier, heavier, more dynamic and crips than they did in the last few tours. Especially the 2013-2014 tours stands out, but really ever since Mojo days, they hit a new level of live perfection in the sound balance, to me. On the good side, the recidencies at Fonda and Beacon falls within that frame neatly! On the less good side, the rest of the set approach in this period was for the most part less impressive. So much of what had been played in the past, and even more of what had never had been played ever, really, really deserved a touch of that genius mature sound that they had in the last years of playing live. Too bad, I say. But it is what it is now.
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    REVIEWIN' DOWN A DREAM by Marion I-Don't-Know-Her-Last-Name
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    Classic Rock Video of the Day II

    2/12/18 Paul McCartney and Wings
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    Having looked through some of the previous videos I hope that this video 'qualifies' for this thread
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    Classic Rock Video of the Day II

    2/11/18 The Who
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    Dave Grohl talks a bit during the intro:
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    It's especially impressive now knowing about his hip. I figure at some point they'll release that last night with good sound quality.
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    My Husband

    I think I mentioned this in another thread but I wanted to let you guys know that my husband, Pete had to have a double bypass surgery this past Friday. It was pretty scary and recovery is tough but he is going to be okay. So, I will be in and out here and if I’m slow to answer you I’m probably busy with him. And believe me, none of you will be bothering me as I need will need the destraction sometimes!
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    My Husband

    That's great news, Marion!
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    Check out the poster...
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    "The man who makes us who we are..."

    I agree with all of you that Mike is the best guitar player out there now. His guitar playing is perfect at any style of playing. Mike is a student of guitar playing by many guitarists, especially George Harrison that makes every note perfect. Mike is a guitar hero, and most likely the last one for MANY years to come.
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    "Chronicles" by Dylan, of course; though you should probably not mistake it for an autobiography. It's at least 50% fiction, I guess. "Bruce Springsteen And The Promise of Rock And Roll" by Marc Dolan I find even more interesting than Carlin's book. Dolan analyzes the evolution of Springsteen's songwriting and setlists and how he gradually became an artist who reacts more and more deliberately to society, politics, and the like. Really an eye-opener in some ways. I also enjoyed Springsteen's "Born To Run" quite a lot. "Broken Music" by Sting is a finely written and insightful account on a musician's personal and professional life in England in the sixties and seventies. Even if he had not become that famous, the book would make for an interesting read. And, of course, the most astounding book of all (IMHO): "Invisible Republic" by Greil Marcus, more or less about Dylan and The Band's Basement Tapes. Speaking of Marcus, his book on Van Morrison is also quite nice. And, while not biographies in any sense, Barney Hoskyns' "Small Town Talk" on the Woodstock music scene and "Hotel California" on the dawning of Country Rock and Soft Rock in the seventies are highly recommended.
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    Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs performed "Something Good Coming" and "Runnin' Down a Dream" on 1/27 for Imperial Ball 2018.
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    Didn’t he take a fall at one of the Mudcrutch shows?
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    Everyday i listen to (his) (my) her heart. Everyday !!! Yesterday, to the the olympic (Last DJ) show (2002) on dvd. It's still unbelievable.
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    This is an amazing cause and it makes my heart grow even more for these guys. Having a child on the spectrum it is so heartwarming to see some of my favorite artists coming together to support this cause!!!
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    Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    Every time I see his face or hear a song, I just can't believe he is gone. 😢
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    Buffalo Springfield
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    Maybe it's me...it was one of the first threads I started. Maybe that's why no one responded. I just thought it was cool to see Stan - still out there, still passionate. Sometime Bob Lefsetz gets a bit heavy handed for me, but then there are those other times, when his words make me shake my head, and say yeah - you got it right man. Anyone see all those amazing responses recently regarding Lefsetz's post about Steve Winwood. Those responses showed just how much great music and musicians bring out our strongest emotions. I'm so glad I signed up for his blogged - I might not read them all, but some of his posts are brilliant.