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  1. 6 points
    20 years was a good run. Thank you to every single person that had a part in making this a great place for fans to be. This site and all associated content will go offline July 31, 2020. Where to go? Please join other Tom Petty fans on Reddit at https://www.reddit.com/r/tompetty/ ----------------------------------------------------------- Contact The Farm: https://www.mudcrutch.com/forum/index.php?/contact/
  2. 6 points
    I can’t say I blame you for shutting it down, Ryan. I haven’t been around much myself. I will forever be thankful for you and this place though. We had a lot of good times here and all over the country! Wow, 20 years! My interests in life have taken a different direction these days with moving and planning for my retirement soon. I will always carry Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers with me through life though. They are always near and dear as my memories here. We never did make that trip to The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame happen, did we? Who knows, maybe we can get together again somewhere along the way for a Knobs gig or something.
  3. 5 points
    Beyond Stoked. In light of this, and the strange transmissions that are emanating from TomPetty.com....I wrote this poem: Static at first… Static at first… Now I’m picking up signal On the Supernatural Radio Tonight a Full Moon is hanging In the midnight sky And we’re going for a moonlight ride Can you feel it? There’s Something in the Air It’s just the normal noises in here… Harmonicas on the back porch Back by the tall pines and power lines Music notes rising, intertwined With the sounds of the night– Werewolf howling in the distance An Indian shoots out the light The sound man is ready to capture all the magic Can you feel the Mojo & studio vibes? Bugs has enough tape While Rubin is twisting the knobs The first stop on the journey Is not far from the Crystal River We’re heading to the Cabin Down Below Hit the last number and walk to the road Oh Baby Doll! What a ride it will be– One with an old friend He’s been Waiting For Tonight Your ultimate Highway Companion So turn the radio on soft and low Because it’ll be Time to Move On When the sun comes up tomorrow. ----------
  4. 4 points
    See this in the Steve Hoffman Forum: As an aside, I was saddened to learn that the independent Tom Petty/Heartbreakers site "Mudcrutch Farm" has decided to pull up stakes. While I was never personally a forum patron, the site served as a true gathering place for many Tom Petty/Heartbreakers fans over the years. I must admit I remembering chuckling when the unforeseen and wonderful occurrence took place in 2008 and TP decided to reform his first band, Mudcrutch and they had to list their web domain as mudcrutchmusic.com as the domain name "Mudcrutch" was already in use by the fansite. I mean who'd thunk it?Anyway, I would like to welcome any and all refugees from that site over to this thread. We'll try our best to keep y'all entertained
  5. 4 points
    downsouth26

    R.I.P Looper

    Just saw this and I'm not sure if it's been posted elsewhere. Very sad to hear of his passing. Rest easy Greg, and say hi to Tom for us.
  6. 3 points
    Yes, I'm sad to learn The Farm will be no more. I haven't been participating at all for quite awhile, so I can't really complain, not that I was going to. I understand completely, Ryan. Thank you, Ryan, for all you've done here! And also, thank you Marion, for everything you've contributed here. Thank you, members, for including me in this wonderful forum over the years. Love, Susan
  7. 3 points
    Jay

    I HAVE NOT SEEN THIS BEFORE

    Anyone seen it before?
  8. 3 points
    Thanks to @Marion and @Mudcrutch and all of the other people who have made this place possible. I first joined here -- or at least this site in an earlier form -- when I was a young teenager and now I'm 30! Crazy how time flies. This place is definitely an institution for any TPHB fan, and I appreciate and enjoyed all the conversations I've had with many fans here over the years. Suggestion: I find reddit to be confusing and difficult to load. I understand the advantage of it, though, because it ostensibly organizes things by thread. But what about Facebook? I know there's a Mudcrutch Farm group on facebook, and that would be a far preferable outlet in comparison to the Tom Petty Nation FB page, which seems overloaded (in my opinion) with boomers just freely writing their thoughts with random word association. Could we maybe continue to participate in discussions via Facebook somehow? Either via Mudcrutch Farm's Facebook site, or create a new one, with forum capabilities? Or if forum capabilities actually don't exist, we can tag posts, etc.
  9. 3 points
    Hoodoo Man

    TD Garden Boston June 13th 2008

    I was going through my hard drive the other day and came across a couple videos and some pics from the 2008 TD Garden show on June 13th. Enjoy!
  10. 3 points
    Awwww, that's sad but I guess it's time. I've enjoyed being a part of Mudcrutch Farm and sooo enjoyed the discussions & generosity. Thanks to everyone who has been so nice to me here! As a farewell gift, let me share with you the only portrait I've created from the Mudcrutch night at the Ryman Auditorium: the remarkable Tom Leadon. (This is just for y'all, please don't publish elsewhere) My 2nd row seat that night gave me a perfect view of Tom (and Tom P), and lots of good photos came from the evening. My life got derailed for awhile just months after this show with the unexpected death of my father and the heartbreaking decline & death of my mother only a year later, so it's taken a long time to get back in the art studio with a clear head. But I'm back drawing, and have just completed a portrait of Josh Jove who was in the opening act The Shelters.
  11. 3 points
    This article below says it all! If you didn’t think TPHB we’re liberals, then you haven’t been listening. https://medium.com/@darianneschramm/tom-petty-tells-trump-to-fuck-off-from-beyond-the-grave-8bbca09bd475
  12. 3 points
  13. 3 points
    Hey Ryan, you and I go back, and I mean way back. Remember the time you slept on the couch at my dorm the night before we saw TPATH at the Vic? That's almost 20 years ago! What a week that was. I've been around these message boards that long too, and it has always been a great place, and one where I have spent a lot of time over the years. I can honestly say I will truly miss Mudcrutch Farm. Sure, things have slowed down recently — less news, less posts, less activity — and I haven't been very active in posting myself (though I still do come to browse, that's a habit I can't break!), but it will be sad to think this collection of posts, photos, enthusiasm, memories and people won't be around anymore. In any case, thank you for all the work you've put in over the years. It is truly appreciated. And to all the posters still here, thanks for fun and interesting conversations and friendships over the years. It is ironic though — and you have to chuckle a little — that this announcement comes literally days before a possible "Wildflowers All the Rest" official announcement later this week, as TPR has teased! 😄😆
  14. 3 points
    Ryan - thanks a million for making this forum one of my favorite stops. And to everyone else that I shared a minute with. Good luck in whatever life brings!
  15. 3 points
    nurktwin

    TP’s family telling Trump to go to hell

    Now that DT has destroyed our country in 4 short years, and this site and forum will no longer be after July. Let's fight 1 more time as a group in the name of Tom Petty by attending and starting rallies against DT this election by turning the tables against DT by "US" (the real people) singing and playing "I WON"T BACK DOWN" . I'm sure the Petty family would support us singing and playing Tom's songs for the freedom our friends and relatives have died for to make this country great. BTW, It was always great, even at the worst of times! Turn this around for Tom and the Petty family and play Tom's music at ANTI-TRUMP events around the country and the world. Tom's music belongs to the free and the brave!
  16. 3 points
    Sorry to see the site go I must say, it has always been my first 'go to' place for all things Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, Dirty Knobs. I'm not really a Facebook/Twitter/Instagram person, this place and other types of forums like this have always felt like more of an independent local type flavour which is what I like. It's the way of the world now that independent providers are getting squeezed out, and most of the time that's just based on demand. I don't know what the viewing/content stats are like but I'm guessing that they are down substantially over the last while. With Tom departed and the band not touring that's another factor too I'm sure, but not exclusively so . I like the discussion/analysis/considered opinion type forums but these are a dying breed. Looking forward The Steve Hoffman Tom Petty thread site is probably where I'll end up pitching my tent when the Farm closes down. may try reddit as well, Mike and Benmont do some very interesting video clips on Instagram, there are a couple of Tom Petty Facebook groups out there and there's still the official social media accounts.... Still, I'm disappointed that Mudcrutch Farm is going, it's the end of an era in many ways...... Thanks to all contributors over the years for the fun, the inspirational moments, the debates, the discussions, the information, the anecdotes, and those set list discussions!😊
  17. 3 points
    Apologies if this’s already been posted. Interview with Mike from late April. “Right now, we’re working on a Wildflowers reissue, which has some leftover tracks that are really good. I think it’s going to be three or four discs. One disc will just be some demos Tom did for the album -- songs that never made the record that are really cute, with just him doing all of the instruments."He went on to say, "And there may be a few live things. Back in 1999, I think, we did a stand at the Fillmore West that was good, and I know there’s a live album there. So yeah, there are live albums to come out, and there are studio tracks that haven’t been heard yet. We’re going through those and trying to honor Tom’s memory the best we can." https://nightswithalicecooper.com/2020/04/23/the-heartbreakers-mike-campbell-releases-new-video-talks-new-tom-petty-projects/
  18. 2 points
    Hoodoo Man

    Tom Petty Radio top 100.

    As I understand it there was a fan voted top 100 over on the Sirius channel. No surprise what was at number one but a lot of surprises in general. #100 Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) #99 My Life/Your World #98 Candy #97 First Flash Of Freedom #96 You Can Still Change Your Mind #95 The Woods #94 Century City #93 You're Gonna Get It #92 The Damage You've Done #91 Forgotten Man #90 One More Day, One More Night #89 King's Road #88 A Mind With A Heart Of Its Own #87 Surrender #86 All Or Nothin' #85 Like A Diamond #84 A One Story Town #83 Shadow People #82 What Are You Doin' In My Life #81 Makin' Some Noise #80 Mystery Man #79 Good Enough #78 Rockin' Around With You #77 Out In The Cold #76 Big Weekend #75 Dreamville #74 Wake Up Time #73 Feel A Whole Lot Better #72 Free Girl Now #71 It'll All Work Out #70 A Higher Place #69 Waiting For Tonight #68 Nightwatchman #67 Fault Lines #66 The Apartment Song #65 Dogs On The Run #64 Down South #63 Fooled Again (I Don't Like It) #62 All Right For Now #61 I Should Have Known It #60 You And I Will Meet Again #59 Ways To Be Wicked #58 Something Big #57 Girl On LSD #56 Love Is A Long Road #55 Cabin Down Below #54 A Thing About You #53 Shadow Of A Doubt (A Complex Kid) #52 Runaway Trains #51 Echo #50 The Best Of Everything #49 Spike #48 Something Good Coming #47 Kings Highway #46 The Last DJ #45 Casa Dega #44 The Wild One, Forever #43 I Need To Know #42 Have Love Will Travel #41 Time To Move On #40 Jammin' Me #39 Square One #38 Angel Dream #37 Insider #36 Walls (No. 3) #35 Straight Into Darkness #34 Saving Grace #33 A Face In The Crowd #32 Change Of Heart #31 Louisianna Rain #30 Honey Bee #29 Walls (Circus) #28 Swingin' #27 Rebels #26 Don't Do Me Like That #25 Yer So Bad #24 It's Good To Be King #23 Listen To Her Heart #22 Stop Draggin' My Heart Around #21 Into The Great Wide Open #20 A Woman In Love (It's Not Me) #19 Room At The Top #18 You Got Lucky #17 Southern Accents #16 You Don't Know How It Feels #15 Don't Come Around Here No More #14 Even The Losers #13 Here Comes My Girl #12 Crawling Back To You #11 Refugee #10 Runnin' Down A Dream #9 The Waiting #8 You Wreck Me #7 Breakdown #6 Mary Jane's Last Dance #5 Learning To Fly #4 I Won't Back Down #3 Free Fallin' #2 Wildflowers #1 American Girl
  19. 2 points
    Thank You Mudcrutch Farmers Signing off here with a last post on Mudcrutch Farm wishing everyone health and happiness for the future. Desiderata Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.[ Max Ehrmann, 1948 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank You to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers for the music and the live concerts, in particular that best of the best night at The Marquee in Cork Ireland 2012, a very special memory I will always Treasure.
  20. 2 points
    nurktwin

    New RIC ordered

    Ordered a new Fireglo Rickenbacker 350V63 Liverpool 6 string guitar this morning from Sweetwater. I hope it doesn't take years for RIC to make it and ship it. They are available for pre order in Fireglo & Jetglo. Here's mine.........
  21. 2 points
    Sad news. It was great time! Thank you for all!
  22. 2 points
    Oh for shame. The SameOldDrew, you can be better than that. How's that way of communicating with people working out for you Did you see what he wrote about me? Relentless insults, frequent impugning of both my intelligence and character. He harbored - and unleashed here - a great deal of personal and apparently "generational" bitterness on top of that. What I gave back to him was very slight in comparison. And let's face it, he's just not very smart. Go back and read his text if you need further confirmation of that. But he's also not entirely stupid, so I feel I made the correct call there. Why don't you ask him how his way of communicating is working for him? Oh that's right, because you don't apply the same posting standards to those with whom you share a political view, as you apply to people with whom you disagree. After all, you were the one constantly asking one side not to post their political views here, while ignoring the people who posted political views you agreed with. How's are those double standards working for you?
  23. 2 points
    I'm trying to think of great art and eloquent words. A great profile of a band at work in this video, shows all Heartbreakers doing what they do best.
  24. 2 points
    As I said in an earlier post, (and I may be more civil with you MJLD because you don't come across as truly out there" a majority of people who receive any relief aren't defrauding the system. And the benefits they receive are not great. And they're not that easy to get. If it where, most people would opt not to work. It's a myth. Also keep this in mind, some states during this pandemic opened up earlier than advised just so they could kick people off of unemployment rolls. Now look at how it's gotten worse. Food for thought
  25. 2 points
    The fact you bother to say progressiveism is Marxism shows that you are completely ignorant. It's not the same. Democratic socialism and Marxism are not the same? Have you ever bothered to read Marx? Or Adam Smith? Or actually read the Constitution? Are you someone who has actually dedidcated an inordinate amount of time to studying a vast scope of political/economic/historical material or just someone who read an article on the Internet and declared themselves a Constitutional scholar on what constitutes freedom? Is being made to wear a mask during a pandemic considered an oppression of your freedoms because the greater good and health of society outweighs your selfish need to be inconvenienced by a mask? Do you not know the difference between a social safety net that our tax dollars go to to make sure everyone has the chance to not be ruined by something such as medical debt or losing a job or is that just tough shit to them? If there's this grand conspiracy of the left controlling the media and education, then why aren't more conservative people pushing to improve their status? And the left doesn't control the media. Most outlets that you refer to as "left" are center right neoliberal bastions. CNN is not left. Left of the modern Republican party but not left in politics. Know the difference. Also, being a progressive and left leaning person doesn't make you a socialist just because you support socialized medicine (us using our tax dollars to make sure everyone is guaranteed healthcare), strong worker rights and a social safety net. Socializing industries that should be socialized is not communism. And most artists aren't people living in a rich bubble. Most artists don't make a damn thing but do it for the joy they get from creating and living out that fantasy. Just because Hollywood is narcissistic and has their head up their own asses doesn't speak for the majority of people who are artists. And to bring Hitler into that discussion shows you're empty on actual coherent thoughts. Breaking out Godwin's Law! And you don't think Tom would say the US government life hell for non-whites? Did he not disavow the use of the "Confederate Flag"? I'm pretty sure he did. And to who are you to say as someone who I'll assume for this post is white to say that a group of non-whites feel that this country as made their life a living hell? The fact you can't even listen to their plight and dismiss the issues minority communities with impunity shows you're a narcissistic person. When someone's baby dies, you don't say "yeah well my kid got sick!" That's being an insensitive prick. Keep think you're the boomer in total control of being a free thinker. You're the type of person from your post that shows that you are too damn and old and too set in your ways to know that the wind of change is blowing, the ship is coming in and you time in history will be marked with a scar.
  26. 2 points
    Great point on the communication. However, when people can't even agree over a set of facts like "wearing a mask prevents the spread of COVID" the time for messaging in a civil manner is gone because you can't even reach the other side. Sorry for being terse, but my patience when it comes to politics these days is zero. The amount of ignorance that is spread and the misinformation that most people consume is head spinning at best. I for the most part know not to take the bait these days but still at times can't help myself. Like when someone says that AOC, a junior member of the House is leading the Democrats to a North Korean platform is malicious at worst and a gross misunderstanding of politics at best. When you hear people call Govenor Cuomo a communist when the man cut Medicaid during the pandemic, it really gets your blood boiling if your consciousness of your political surroundings. I'm not saying you can't hold different beliefs and values. I happen to talk to several people in a more cordial manner who don't share my progressive views. But they don't come from a place of ignorance.
  27. 2 points
    TheSameOldDrew

    NEW RELEASE

    Very good sounding version, nice to hear Tom's voice again, and so clearly. I hope they have more demos in this quality. It reminds me of the George Harrison boot "Beware of ABKCO" (All Things Must Pass demos) in terms of sound quality and feel. This could be released as a single, considering the exceptional sound quality, the popularity of the album version, and the fact that sadly there won't be any new songs created by TP.
  28. 2 points
    nurktwin

    NEW RELEASE

  29. 2 points
    Sometimes people think de-escalating a situation is easy as saying hey, now, everyone's said some things they may regret and everyone's slightly to blame. What's really fascinating is when we realise clearly that sometimes the source of drama can indeed be coming from just one or two people. In that case, other members in a community often use classic non-violent techniques - whether they realise it or not - by assertively resisting and challenging that dramatic disruption. People who choose not to be a silent bystander. As a people, we know what's reasonable, what's morally acceptable, what's ethically okay. As humans, we do recognise truth. We just do. These are all completely legitimate reactions to the emergence of an unpleasant & disruptive force. In fact, people who resist and challenge deserve to be applauded and thanked. Peace-building is long-term process and it's incredibly rewarding. People are often open to change - and diverse communities can become increasingly supportive and generous, while simply not accepting any negative disruption. Alas, sometimes, it's not about arguing or changing disruptive people's minds in the here & now. For some reason - best known to themselves - some people's preferred worldview makes sense to them. They'll cling to one or two reasonable values (ie freedom of speech) and try to justify all the rest of it based on that. They can be accidentally strengthened by others, especially those who try to help out with good intentions (with the hey, now approach mentioned above) yet end up enabling them. They aren't necessarily open to 5 lines of articulate reasoning in the here and the now, even if Nelson Mandela or MLK popped in to help out. Surprisingly, that isn't necessarily going to change their mind - or they're not going to admit to beginning to changing their mind. Instead, they often change tack and keep trying to escalate - all in the hope of getting attention & a reaction, any reaction.
  30. 2 points
  31. 2 points
    I think there is an announcement on TPR tonight at 7pm EST. Not sure if that has changed or not but Keith E posted about it a day or so ago. Not sure why the website would be so far behind the Siriusxm announcement as it will be all over facebook when they say what they say... be amazing if we finally get All the Rest but sad to see it come after this place is gone.
  32. 2 points
    It's over and can NEVER be recreated or the same again. It's the end of an era. 20 years of good stuff and meeting everyone over the years at not only concerts, but to vacation together and visit each other at our houses to party for a week at a time. Sorry to say that will most never happen again. It's sad, but some of us will party again.
  33. 2 points
    Thank you. I have political views but I too am here for discussions of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, not politics. My own views are strongly pro-freedom, and I hear a lot of that view in Petty's songs, though that's far from the only reason I enjoy his/their songs. Politically I am closest to libertarian, though I do believe we need reasonable regulations on things like food safety, worker safety, pollution control, etc., which purist libertarians are apparently against. What I don't like seeing are unsupportable political statements claiming that the US government is trying to make the country hell for non-white citizens. Or that someone is "deplorable" for holding a political view that doesn't correspond to the views of a writer. Both of those points were made in the column (linked by "Dezi") which purported to be about Tom Petty. It's too bad that someone would attribute an opinion to Tom Petty about a situation nearly 3 years after his death, but I don't think he'd call other Americans "deplorable" for being what they feel is pro-America. I also don't like being told that I can't respond to someone else's political statements, simply because I disagree with those political statements and feel that some balance should be offered against what I feel is a highly distorted and highly partisan opinion. That's an attempt at bullying and silencing, and again I doubt that Petty himself would have been in favor of bullying and silencing. I don't recall that he wrote any songs with titles like "Sit down and shut up", or "It's my way or the highway". Just a guess though, none of us really know what Petty would say today. Including the author of that piece and some posters here, who seem to claim they know exactly what Tom would have said or done in the current situation. Would Petty have told Trump to stop using his songs? Almost certainly. Would he have called half his fellow Americans "deplorable" and agreed that life was "hell" in the USA for non-white citizens? I don't think so, but all we can do now is enjoy the songs and music he made.
  34. 2 points
    I hope everyone remembers to move their Leaderboard trophies home before the Farm closes.
  35. 2 points
    Hi. Tom Petty’s family made a political statement. This article and my post didn’t come out of nowhere.
  36. 2 points
    Guys. Tom was political. He marched in the very first Pride parade in his hometown of Gainesville. When he heard the KKK would be there counter protesting, he showed up to be a symbol of support for the community. He said he “got chills” when Obama used the same song his estate just told Trump he couldn’t. For fans, a lot of you don’t seem to know anything about the guy. The article was spot on. Anyone saying otherwise probably thinks Rebels is a southern anthem instead of the critique on southern men it actually was.
  37. 2 points
    Good way to put it and I feel the same. HoF should still happen! A while back we planned a meetup on an off-tour year and they sprung a tour on us, ha.
  38. 2 points
    Sorry to see the end of the forum, though the posts had gotten very sparse recently. I've enjoyed the various discussions on the music and performances of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Most everyone here has made significant contributions to the forum, which is fairly rare for the internet. Thanks to Mudcrutch for hosting and posting many insightful comments. Thanks also to Shelter and many others, especially including MJ2LD - with whom i found myself most in agreement on TPATH topics. With no new TPATH music being generated, I doubt I'll be joining any new forums. But the songs as "covers" (including from "tribute bands"), the TPATH studio recordings, and TPATH recorded concert performances will live on.
  39. 2 points
    True. Well said and I agree. Also, the 'Farm was easy on the eyes with a nice appealing and easy to read layout so we could easily get to the important discussions: of how bad the set list was...! Definitely a seldom broached topic here. Seriously though, forums are great for discussion and debate with a space for back-and-forth quality that things like facebook will never equal. Before this place goes dark, I gotta say I think you're definitely one of the MVPs of Mudcrutch Farm, your well thought out takes and dry humor helped make this place what it was. Maybe we should all play You And I Will Meet Again on July 31 as this place goes down. Or instead, the much heralded and wildly popular classic It Ain't Nothin' To Me. Except this place was somethin' to quite a lot of folks. cheers
  40. 2 points
    Ryan/Mudcrutch, No, thank you for this place. It is and soon to be was, the premier site for TPATH fans. I found my way here after the official forum became paid members only. This place has been a treasure trove of live and unreleased recordings and interesting and lively fan discussion. You're not going to find this place's quality at TP Nation nor reddit and while Hoffman offers some avenue, none in my opinion compare to what this place was for TPATH listeners. At the same time, it's not exactly a surprise as discussion has slowly been dwindling, I guess it's good it lasted as long as it did following Tom's death. The time, money and effort you put into this place is appreciated. Thank you for allowing me to be a moderator here. Good luck in your future endeavors and take care! cheers, MJ2LD
  41. 2 points
    Tom Petty has always been super “left wing.” Read any interview, listen to any lyrics. He was a Democrat.
  42. 2 points
    Yeah.. very well put, really. Simple as that. It's about the contribution, isn't it. People taking the time and energy to share the passion, to pour thoughts and insight on here, that made these pastures green for many years. The having fun. After all - life needs to be fed, and as soon as the input peters out, so does the output. Not to say the very raison d'etre. After all, thrills and kicks of fast clicks - of links and likes - is everywhere in multitudes. It's the elaborate sharing of thoughts and discussion that is really a dying habit with people. Even the very idea of actually really talking with each other, is becoming rarer by the minute in these fact resistent, twitter bubble days of mighty Self. If you think about it, it's really not just the Farm dying. It's quite understandable, inevitabel even. I think Ryan's got it right. And after all, it's just one of many signs of our times.* All this said - Thanks a million to Ryan for making it all happen, for keeping this resource and opportunity to talk TP from various aspects, open this long. It has been some interesting and entertaining times. Some weird and wonderful stories. I have learned a lot. I have connected with a lot of interesting and good people. In short, I am very proud to have been a Farmer. It has been a good ride. All the best to all of you! ----- * Of course, I'm just gonna have to do this note thing here, just because I can..... just to expand by saying that.. at the end of the day, of course the masses will get what the masses want - what they deserve, to put it bluntly. It's only natural. No one will take your Coke away, so to speak. As for all the rest (right!) it's always a gamble.. And as for our interest in all things Tom Petty.. well.. There will still be online archives for sound, vision and articles, hopefully.. there will still be youtube.. places for people to lurk about in their "splendid isolation".. and yeah.. TPN seem to do the trick for most fans, for some reason. For the rest of us.. well.. Steve Hoffman is still open for business.
  43. 2 points
    Sad news. I've been on the fan fourm since May 2018 It'll be sad to see it go
  44. 2 points
    You did a great job Ryan. Thanks.
  45. 2 points
    All great points and after Tom's passing it really hasn't been the same. Facebook, etc has definitely put the squeeze on many sites. Remember, this place was originally built as an alternative to the un-moderated official forums where many were driven away. Ironically the people that took refuge here and wanted to exclude others (for valid reasons) don't come here anymore anyway. People can now live in the the safe friend circles they create on other sites. Photo hosting which was once a needed service for tour photos, etc is now easily uploaded from your phone to your social profile, etc. In the end the demise of this site is of my own doing. I will never blame external X factors. We needed a regular flow of news, articles, content, etc. posted on this site and social sites driving eyes back here to keep a fresh group of fans passing through. I never had the time or put enough focus on curating the culture that could sustain this place. Communities built on OTHER platforms are in danger as well. I hosted and held secure all the data here. People don't have that sort of control when they don't own the data. Things can change any moment!
  46. 2 points
    sad to hear this but it seems to be getting slower around here. Thanks for all the great content!
  47. 2 points
    Thanks for everything Ryan. Keep me up to date with Phone # and all so we can get together.
  48. 2 points
    downsouth26

    R.I.P Looper

    YES!!! I loved it from the second I heard it several years ago. While everybody else went to buy a shirt and beer in between acts, I would always stick around and wait for him to do his mic check. Buried somewhere I have a video and/or audio that I recorded of him doing that at the final Hollywood Bowl show. I remember it well because when he went to The Webb Sisters mic's he said "Hallie" and for a brief minute I thought "Did one of the girls get replaced?!?" He went back and corrected himself a few moments later. I posted this in a different thread about the final show, but figured I'd post it here. I took this photo the last show. Looper is at Scott's position.
  49. 2 points
    dollardime

    R.I.P Looper

    Very sad to see this. I remember Greg setting up the vocal mics prior to the shows I was at in 2014, the routine he had checking the microphones on stage, instead of saying ''testing 1 2 3'' into the microphones he always said ''Dude'' ''Main Dude'' ''Dude Spare'' which I always liked at the time! 😀 Condolences to all who knew him.
  50. 2 points
    I know the 2013 audio of this one has been posted, here is the 2014 Hypnotic Eye tour version of I'm Not Your Stepping Stone from the Honda Centre Anaheim CA played as a tribute to Paul Revere who had passed away a few days previous. It was my birthday and I was there, it's great to have these memories to look back on. 😀
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