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  1. 9 points
    A suggestion: Keep the 'Farm open through the release of the new TPATH song giving members here one last good discussion of the tune and their reactions to it. If not though, I understand and again thank you for keeping this place going as long as you have. cheers
  2. 8 points
    Hey all, there are a couple things I need to set up before the plug can be pulled. I do not want to drag anything out but let's give it a few days. Guestbook Email list people can sign up for in case some sort of event or big news happens Redirect pages if someone visits a page that doesn't exist any more
  3. 7 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.
  4. 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/
  5. 6 points
    Arete411

    Never-heard song?!?

    Mark Felsot just announced on TPR: On Wednesday, July 29, they’ll be premiering a never-before-heard song from Tom.
  6. 5 points
    From their Instagram post: Wreckless Abandon, our first album as The Dirty Knobs releasing on March 20th
  7. 5 points
    Jay

    I HAVE NOT SEEN THIS BEFORE

    Anyone seen it before?
  8. 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. ----------
  9. 5 points
    my phone seems to hate me and I haven't had time to fight it yet to get pics off my phone and onto the computer. I did share one song by Hattie to FB so here you go. Cool story is Chris Stills the co-lead shared this on his personal page. The band was TIGHT and she kind of kills it.... 😎
  10. 5 points
    nurktwin

    Sad News

    I'm home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I didn't get home til 10pm last night and was completely drained. It took all day to get checked out by different doctors, paper work and even had 3 more of the 5 drainage tubes removed (1 in arm And 4 in neck), 1 more tube to go, maybe tomorrow after I measure drainage amount 3 times today. That means another trip to Clev tomorrow and today I have to call 2 surgeons and make appt for next week and the 2nd surgeon in 2 weeks. Appt already scheduled for radiologist Aug 20th. I have a lot to do today (new meds and stuff), but I'll be back later with a better report, I just wanted to let you all know that I made it through the operation and am back home. TTYL.....................Nurk
  11. 4 points
    GOODBYE EVERYONE! Have a good lives! Time to go Runnin' Down a Dream! cheers, MJ2LD
  12. 4 points
    Hoodoo Man

    "we're almost out of time"

    As Tom said we're almost out of time. One last song. 😔
  13. 4 points
    This place is awesome. Sorry to see it go.
  14. 4 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.........
  15. 4 points
    Three years ago today. Going to miss this place. Last time seeing Tom...
  16. 4 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
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 4 points
    RedfordCowboy

    Tom and God

    Did Tom Petty believe in God? Well, that’s a complicated one. Not unlike any of us - as our views, understanding, or relationship with God tends to be. While it’s basically impossible to make a judgement (pun intended) on anyone’s faith, I don’t think Tom suffered fools. I don’t think he had a high tolerance for inauthenticity or hypocrisy...and yet we’re all hypocrites at the end of the day, to varying degrees. Simply because none of us live out our highest ideals, values and beliefs fully 100% of the time, do we? So I tend to give more grace to people when it comes to this area of hypocrisy. But that’s not really the point here. I will say that I enjoy finding God in places where you normally wouldn’t expect Him to be or think He’d show up… I’ll examine this question in 3 parts: Tom’s upbringing, Tom’s friends, and lastly, Tom’s lyrics. And you might find it interesting, pointless or total rubbish. That’s OK. Part 1: Upbringing First and foremost, Tom was a southerner. I think knowing this is important to understanding where Tom was coming from with God, and whatever beliefs he may or may not’ve had. One could assume that any foundational understanding or perceptions of God will be filtered through the lens of the South. And the south, when it comes to religion, is a somewhat jacked up. It is a twisted, mysterious, perplexing, paradoxical, fascinating, and mystifying geography when it comes to God, the flesh and the Spirit. It’s one weird place. If you want to see a bizarre and beautiful documentary about this, check out Jim White’s film, “Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus.” It’s filled with strange southern characters, dimly lit honky tonk bars, pool halls, and backwoods Pentecostal churches. Watch it, you might be enthralled. The music is awesome, and I find it hard to believe that places like this actually exist on the map. I think Tom saw glimpses of this world in Florida… It’s the classic duality of the south. You repent on Sunday morning for your sins on Saturday night. I read that his parents taught Sunday School at their little church in Gainesville. I can’t imagine Tom showing much interest in going, and perhaps being forced (dragged?) to go at an early age. During the Heartbreakers 1987 Rock and Roll Caravan Tour, Tom went to Jerusalem. Upon touring the city with Roger McQuinn, and after seeing the wailing wall with a tour guide, he states, “Ten years of Sunday school, and this guys tells me more in 5 minutes.” The guide says that “Music is holy,” to which McQuinn agrees. I tend to agree as well. I think Tom has mentioned somewhere that he sees the band as a holy thing(?). 10 years of Sunday School was it for Tom, then around age around age 11, his main religion becomes the Church of Elvis Presley. His infamous encounter in 1961 with the King is widely known and well documented. From here, rock and roll devotion would take over. And we’re all lucky for this as a result. When then the 60’s happened, and the subsequent experimentation with music, drugs, freedom, rebellion, girls, etc. I imagine Tom probably put God on the shelf for a while during this period. Even going as far into the 70’s and early 80’s well, as he was experiencing his first waves of fame and success. His job, lifestyle and trajectory doesn’t fit nicely into the pews of a small southern congregational church. Also safe to say that living in L.A. and being wrapped in the music industry probably didn’t encourage any type of faith, belief, or expression about God. It would be more of the opposite that would be celebrated and/or accepted. Indeed, the Heartbreakers of the 70’s and 80’s were a wild bunch… Part 2: Friends But then, Tom sure had some popular friends, and who knows what ways they spoke into his life? Or what types of conversations they had in private, as friends. 1. George Harrison One of Tom’s closest friends, and fellow Wilbury bandmate. George, the quiet Beatle, was deeply spiritual, as we all know. In the 1960’s, he was introduced to yogis, meditation, and Hinduism, and remained wholly committed for the rest of his life, embracing the Hare Krishna tradition. It’s interesting to note that when Tom passed, there was a small family memorial service held at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine, near L.A. The temple and meditation garden was the same place for the funeral of George Harrison, who died in 2001. I wonder if Tom had a specific wish for this, or if the family chose it… 2. Bob Dylan Another fellow Wilbury. Just try to untangle the faith and spirituality of Bob Dylan, I dare you. A mystery wrapped in an enigma, Dylan caused quite the stir when he released three explicitly evangelical Christian albums between the years 1979-1981. Benmont played on the final album of the “trilogy”, 1981’s Shot of Love. Who knows where Bob stood in these matters afterwards, and when he was in a band with Tom? Yet, in every interview I’ve ever read or watched, Bob’s never afraid to address or speak his mind on God. 3. Rick Rubin A hippie-mystic-guru-meditation-music lover type of guy. All over the map in some ways, but appears to be centered and grounded in others. The decade of American Recordings he did with Cash is some of the best music ever created, IMHO. Having a discussion once about communion, Rubin informed Cash that he had never taken communion before. Surprised, Cash invited and insisted they partake together. Which they did, nearly every day, even over the phone if it wasn’t possible to do it in person. 4. Johnny Cash Cash was a great man of faith (and a walking contradiction, as Kristofferson says). Cash was friends with saints (Billy Graham) and sinners (the rest of us). To be in his presence was to be in awe, and slightly afraid. An artist recognized for his authenticity, and his marriage to June was something to behold. Cash and Tom became close friends in the 1990’s, during the making of Unchained. Tom speaks highly of this time, the recording of this album, and his love for Johnny and June. I have to believe that each of these people had an influence on Tom - his faith outlook, his beliefs, his spirituality - during different points & turns of his life. Close friends tend to do that. In 1996, I read a speech he gave to a crowd of students at UCLA, upon receiving the "George and Ira Gershwin Award For Lifetime Musical Achievement." (you can find it in the summer 1996 TPATH Fan Club Newsletter). This was in the midst of recording with Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins: “At the end of the session he (Carl) took me aside and he said, 'You know, I really like you, Tom.' "And I said, 'Well, what are you getting at, Carl?' "And Carl said, 'I don't know. I just feel that tonight with us playing here that there was a lot of God in the room.' And I looked at him and he said, 'You know, I don't know Tom, if you believe in heaven but it's really nice thinking even if you don't.' "And I said, 'Well, Carl, I just hope that I get there.' "And it really touched me what he said -- he said, 'I really believe all us boys that kinda knocked around on those guitars and drums and things and went through life and were pretty good people and just tried to play a little music and stayed out of people's way -- maybe had an occasional joint -- we may have raised a little too much hell at times, but still found the time to help people whenever we could. I believe that one day we're gonna all sit around somewhere and play music like we did tonight.' And he said, 'When you get there, Tom, I'm gonna give you the best guitar God's got.' “And that really touched me. I want to tell you all that whatever your concept of God is, I believe that He writes the songs and it's just sent down through me, you know, and other songwriters. I feel like a receiver -- and tonight I'm really grateful to receive this award.” He sounds completely sincere and abundantly grateful for the gifts and life that God has given him. “God writes the songs.” Which brings us to… Part 3: Lyrics Let’s look at a few instances where any concepts of God popped up in his lyrics. These are just a few that come to mind, for the sake of this musing. 1. “Oh baby, don't it feel like heaven right now” and “You take it on faith, you take it the heart, the waiting is the hardest part.” (1981) A stretch? Sure… 2a. “I was born a rebel, down in Dixie on a Sunday Morning.” (1985) 2b. Southern Accents, the song (1985) There's a dream I keep having, where my momma comes to me And kneels down over by the window, and says a prayer for me Got my own way of praying, but every one's begun With a southern accent, where I come from Maybe the most intimate and personal Tom has been, lyrically. He didn’t really start to address or even hint at God in his songs until around the time of Southern Accents (the album). He had grown up a bit, and lost his mother a few years earlier. This had an effect on him, and now he was ready to get reflective in his writing. The song becomes a beautiful southern prayer of sorts. This was also a time when Tom was using cocaine, staying up all night, addicted to cigarettes and Coca Cola, had self-admitted anger issues, as well as relationship/marital problems. A time when TPATH goes out on the road with the largest Confederate flag ever sewn together as a backdrop to their stage show. Complete with the Rebelettes, a group of female back up singers. Again, the twisted duality of the Southern thing. The wrestling with the flesh and the spirit. Having it both ways. (For a deep dive on the duality of the south, listen to “Southern Rock Opera” by the Drive By Truckers. I have to think this was a more complete and realized “Southern Accents”) 3. “Gypsies at home watching Jerry Falwell on TV Might mean somethin' to you, it ain't nothin' to me” (1985) The mid-1980’s were a rough time for televangelists, to put it mildly. 4. “You can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I won’t back down.” (1989) Impossible not to include! 5. With “I can only thank God it was not too late”, a line he repeats multiple times. Ah, the lovely Angel Dream (1996). And it sounds sincere, like he’s finally found salvation in the form of love. 6. “They love it (rock and roll) like you love Jesus, It does the same thing to their souls” (2002) Well, we know that Tom understood the devotion part of it. He knows both have the potential to save your soul. And yet, still I get the feeling that Tom would rather worship at the altar of Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Chet Atkins, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis (cousin of Jimmy Swaggart!!) and James Brown. And….what do all of these artists have in common? Many, if not all, grew up in the Southern Pentecostal Church. Just food for thought. You can’t ever really get away from it, once it’s in your system. Bruce Springsteen frequently mentions that he is still carrying and grappling with his upbringing in the Catholic Church, not able to shake growing up in the shadow of St. Rose of Lima Church in Freehold, NJ. I personally think it makes for a more compelling artistry, and I appreciate folks who don’t shy away from it. I’m thinking of artists like Cash, U2, Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens/Yusef, Lenny Kravitz, Lauryn Hill, Kings of Leon, Kanye West, Marvin Gaye, where I find strong undertones of God, faith and spirituality in their music. There’s probably a hundred more we could mention. Sometimes this is the best church… Then there’s latter day Petty. 7. Playing Dumb, a bonus track from Hypnotic Eye (2014). A scathing indictment about the recent (and appalling) scandals that have have rocked the Catholic Church. “I’m still throwin' up some of that food my mind was fed Well let's light a candle for every kid For every soul that was done away with For every confession that wasn't on the level For every man of God that lives with hidden devils.” Ouch. Say like it is… 8. Finally, I forgive It All (2016) A hymn of sorts. Fact or fiction? Who is his niece Lauren? Was this song directed to people or events from his past, someone like Jane? Was he relieving himself of any burdens or bitterness he was carrying that comes from unforgiveness? Speculation, yes, but you never know. Random Thoughts - I’ve believe I’ve seen Tom wear a cross around his neck in photos through the years. Also, during the 2016 Mudcrutch tour, I remember seeing a photo of Tom wearing a black vest, with a huge cross stitching on the back of the vest. Not saying anything specific, just mentioning it. It might just mean that he’s not afraid to wear/display a cross. - At the end of many concerts, particularly near the end of his career, Tom’s final words from the stage were often, “Thank you, God bless you.” Yes, a lot of artists say this, but you can mean it too. I tend to think that Tom got more grateful with each passing year for the incredible gift and life he was given with his band. Again, “Let me be clear” (in best Obama voice), I’m not making any conclusions whatsoever. Just observations. Do I think TP knew or believed in God? Don’t know. It’s too personal. Maybe even Dana Petty and Mike Campbell don’t know where Tom stood with these things. Tom’s relationship with God was complex, contradictory, nuanced and ongoing. Like each of ours is. Which brings me back to Part 1. If I were to poetically sum it up, I would use this line from Rebels: “I was born a rebel, down in Dixie on a Sunday Morning.” Thanks for reading!
  20. 4 points
    Hoodoo Man

    Jason Sinay

    Mike got lucky when he found Jason.... that man can play! Figure Jason is getting his name out there more with some live stuff on IG and FB and we may as well show some love for him here as well...
  21. 4 points
    Yopietro

    Maxwell House Revisited

    I followed a strange thread that ended back up at the Warren Zanes' Maxwell House story. Follow me on this one. The coincidences are kind of delicious. Last night I was listening to a live Petty version of The Stories We Can Tell on youtube. I noticed as it was finishing that there was a John Sebastian version of the tune, which I was curious about. Turns out the song was his original. I went to wikipedia to read a little more about John Sebastian. I knew he was part of the group The Lovin' Spoonful back in the '60s. It turns out they got their name from a 1964 Mississippi John Hurt song called "Coffee Blues." (Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZWqhrR5tPc ) In this song, Mississippi John Hurt sings about his love for Maxwell House coffee. It's basically a love poem to Maxwell House. I started considering that Tom, with his great appreciation for music history, was slyly and with a wink giving a shoutout to this blues song in the Zanes article. After all, both his daughters and Dana came out after to say that Tom didn't drink Maxwell House. So I figured Tom was putting on Warren Zanes and maybe it was a tip of the hat to this old Coffee Blues song. Then, when I went back to reread the Zanes Rolling Stone article, I was more than tickled at the title of piece. "Tom Petty's Biographer on the Story He Didn't Tell." (italics are mine for emphasis). The title line didn't come from a Tom Petty song but rather a song he occasionally covered. A cover song from a guy who named his band after a lyric from a song about Maxwell House coffee. It's probably all just fun coincidence, but wondering if there's a slim possibility that it was all orchestrated and that maybe even Warren Zanes was in on the joke himself. Perhaps at Tom's behest. (I'll take off my tinfoil hat now 😄)
  22. 4 points
    The cover was designed by Klaus Voormann ( take a look at the railroad tracks ) Mike did an excellent job there. Great song, is currently in an endless loop with me. Looking forward to the album. 🤠
  23. 4 points
    Mike already played some songs from the new album live in 2018.
  24. 4 points
    toshi

    TPATH gets ready for Christmas

    Hoodoo Man, Thank you for sharing here. We are so happy to know everybody love this video. Happy holidays! toshi ♥️ Heartbreaker's Japan Party ♥️
  25. 4 points
    Hoodoo Man

    TPATH gets ready for Christmas

    not sure I want to drop this in the covers therad... very well done tribute song, A for effort....
  26. 4 points
    Happy 25th Anniversary to the legendary Wildflowers album, released this day on 1994!!! https://ultimateclassicrock.com/tom-petty-complete-wildflowers/ As we know - lots of pondering, uncertainty, debating and deliberating on the best way to release/re-issue/celebrate Wildflowers: All The Rest. The label, the band, the family, Ryan U, Rick Rubin...even Tom himself was unsure the best way to continue to tell the WF story. Which is a bummer for the fans. I don't get it. I appreciate the fact they they want to protect the legacy...but...are they perhaps overthinking this release too much? Why not do it the way everyone does it these days - with options ranging from one disc to multi-deluxe options, depending on what you want & want to spend? ie. 1. Option 1: All the Rest - Standalone album with the "new" 11-12 tracks only. $9.99 2. Option 2: The above + the originally envisioned WF Double LP. $34.99 3. Option 3: Deluxe: The above + One disc of WF home demos (that Ryan U recently stumbled upon) $44.99 4. Option 4: Ultra Deluxe Box Set: The above + 1995 Dogs With Wings live show recording + Hardcover book with essays and never-before-seen photos. All wrapped in an organic cloth box that looks like the texture of the WF cover. With an embroidered flower on the cover. $149.99 Come on Warner Bros...GET IT TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!!!
  27. 4 points
    amazing to catch a young Tom in a video and song I never knew existed... John Prine too!
  28. 4 points
    So, it's become that time, that year.. Time to celebrate 40 years of Damn The Torpedoes. https://www.theringer.com/music/2019/10/18/20920217/tom-petty-heartbreakers-damn-the-torpedos-40-years-old http://1001-songs.blogspot.com/2019/10/revel-in-your-abandon.html Now may be a good time to revisit this one: Or perhaps just this one..
  29. 3 points
    Strange feeling today isn't it? Before Mudcrutch Farm ascends to a room at the top of the world somewhere later today, it's my last chance to say bye and thank you to everyone. It's been a great time here and I'll miss it!
  30. 3 points
    As a thanks to all of you, wanted to share some goodies... Thanks for the good times!
  31. 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.
  32. 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
  33. 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!
  34. 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!
  35. 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/
  36. 3 points
  37. 3 points
    On the moment the Heartbreakers were birthed in the studio: "We were stone broke, and crazy, and that was that." - Stan Lynch No one talked, no one asked or tried to figure how it happened, they just made "that sound"....
  38. 3 points
    Quite frankly, every time any of the Heartbreakers picks up a guitar / sits at piano and plays - that's what courage looks like. I hope he continues to do whatever it takes to deal with & heal from such a mortal wound as someone's sudden death. I dunno, is it really such a horrible idea to go along on a pre-arranged tour, everything taken care of by the Big Machine & you just play? Even if it isn't your own work. Though it sucks when every day is precious & you're Mike Campbell. On other hand, let's just imagine... he was hit hard by Tom's loss (as is highly likely, let's just assume this is true & not even question that). People who I've seen go through extreme grief need time... they're functioning - but they're just not themselves for a year or so. Yeah? You've seen that too? It's what grief does. Depression and some other major illnesses do a similar kind of thing. I'm sure we all know friends, families, work colleagues who've been in those situations. You just don't expect to much of them for a while - not because they're weak, but because they are strong. They have so much else happening underneath... we just accept them where they're at. Add to that the creative temperament... some creative people need to have a lot of things going right, all running smoothly (in personal life, with their professional team) for them to be consistently amazing in their creative work & performance. Yeah, by contrast, some artists produce work when they're wacked off their heads & there's that whole stereotype of artist who works best when hanging onto life by their fingernails. (I personally think it's a dangerous and foolish idea.) Eric Clapton says in interviews that he's learnt that tortured genius stereotype = just someone trying to justifying being a junky. Let's face it, he's got the life experience with both heroin and alcohol recovery to make that call. So it makes sense (to me) for MC to have chosen to get up off the sofa and go play in a band for a while. Plus the unexpected bonus of the Bathroom Jams. Would he have used 2018-2019 as an opportunity to play his own music with Dirty Knobs or with Benmont? People will have their own ideas. For what it's worth, he might have not have - I think quite possibly he might've been wracked by grief and barely able to function during that time. And, ahem, that time might not have passed. The deeper the love... the stronger the grief. Anyway, that's 18-19 & it's surely in the past now. The first 1/6th of 2020 has provided enough excitement of its own.
  39. 3 points
    TomFest

    Tour postponed to September 2020!

    Mike's follow up to "Wreckless Abandon" should be it's polar opposite - "Abundance of Caution".
  40. 3 points
    Still can't quite wrap my head around that latest runaround, there. Particularly absurd, it all seems to me. Even more so than it used to. Still, it all makes me wonder, in this information technology era of ours - does everything HAVE to be detours, dead ends and desinformation? Couldn't some of the insiders just post a smiley face over at the Nation, that as if by accidentally tells us (in sound or text) a rough time line and/or direction for what they are thinking? Now, to have anything that even remotely resembles correct and coherent information is obviously not an option with these people and with this issue. Nevertheless, it's a known fact that joyful shout outs and smilies are all the rage at TPN so, why not try to sneak some actual and useful information out that way, then? In case anyone failed to notice - there are quite a few of us out here who want to know what's up with this material still, and so far, years on end, we have been taken for a really rickety ride. Granted.. we die hards are not growing in numbers with the years passing, this is true, but still.. I just hope they will achieve something tangible eventually. With or without live performance considerations- to me that is gotta be so secondary right now. Let's just hope they focus on the unheard music and that they want to share it all with us as true to original shape and form they can possibly allow their busy little fingers to do. That they take the musical ques from the real pros (Ben, Mike, Ryan) if anything further is deemed needed. And.. yeah.. I never thought I'd hear myself say this - knowing my feelings about the "industry" part of music industry, and the corrupt ways of big labels - but I really wish the WB/Reprise people are willing to help out this case at long last, because in terms of final product finish, marketing and general professionalism, I have to admit they are probably the most reliable player in what otherwise seems a mess of pride, tantrums and personal interest. I hope for as professional release as possible, that is. (Don't get me wrong. As a "family release" AAT was just fine, of course. It made sense and it was well curated, musically. And fairly well produced physically too. But for any other archival projects, aimed at certain eras or albums, as is WF, I really hope they will allow for a strictly professional product, keeping the family emotions and ambitions well to the side and leaving all musical and technical considerations to the real professionals that was part of creating this art to begin with. I bet it's tempting, but a Jane angle or Adria filter, or artwork concept, for a Wildflowers release is not gonna work to it's credit, to be blunt. With AAT out of their system, the family, IMO, need to step back and try to be as invisible as possible and leave the actual handy work to the real professionals involved. As hurtful as it may seem, it's the art of their dad and his coworkers that people are gonna be interested in. As far as I can tell, the family was never involved that deeply in the work, the writing, sequencing or producing albums back then, so why should they now. Ok if there were no one else around. Ok if this kinda work was actually their thing. But it somehow strikes me as "all the wrong reasons" are put into effect on most levels of decision making here. Let's hope I'm wrong. Ok. I better put one of these here at the end, then: )
  41. 3 points
    Arete411

    Wildflowers (all the rest) tracks?

    This is the very question that's been plaguing me. Tom is on record saying the album was finished and ready to go. Why not just release what Tom deemed the finished product?
  42. 3 points
    The_Last_DJ

    You Don't Care (Mudcrutch) Outtake

    Tom Petty Mudcrutch and Solo Petty LP Outtakes circa 1972-1977 Tracks 7 – outtakes from the “You’re Gonna Get It” LP sessions (’77-78) ?
  43. 3 points
    OK its a belated Bday but on 11/26/85 Pack up the Plantation was released on VHS, CD, Cassette and Vinyl. This should get a remaster and Blueray or streaming release IMHO. Enjoy the annoying horns! (I do!)
  44. 3 points
    http://view.e.warnerrecords.com/?qs=5aaae518fde3a119f26eba2df11eccd513e4642254c47106c4537579f186889618c4d2c48b79d58698952db8150e8b640684b4754df01e03ec85649c3905836b3eca833db205330d05bf1c5b9a778123 Nashville, Tennessee The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell announce Nashville show! The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell will be performing at the brand new Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville on March 15th as part of the new venue’s opening weekend! As a member of the Highway Companions Club, you will have exclusive access to a VERY LIMITED allotment of tickets during a special pre-sale beginning Wednesday, December 18th at 10AM CT.
  45. 3 points
    TheSameOldDrew

    Randall Marsh interview

    I stumbled across an interview with Randall Marsh, that's apparently from 10 years ago. And it was posted in the "Mudcrutch" section at that time, but I don't think it was posted here in the main TPATH forum. I think that people who haven't read it will be very interested in it. It's interesting just to read about Randall, but also the interview fills in a lot of detail regarding Mike being with Randall and both joining TP, the real "Mudcrutch farm", The Blue Stingrays, and more. So if you read this 10 years ago in the Mudcrutch section, sorry to repeat the link, but for the rest I'm sure you'll greatly enjoy this; I feel it's essential to the TPATH story and as such should also be in this section. http://www.furious.com/perfect/mudcrutch.html
  46. 3 points
    Interview with Mike Campbell while in Melbourne, Australia!! Hot off the press!!! https://australianmusician.com.au/mike-campbell-interview-fleetwood-mac-heartbreakers-dirty-knobs/ 💟
  47. 3 points
    The Campbells visit the Land Of The Long White Cloud (Kiwiland) Rubbing noses !!!!
  48. 3 points
    Big Blue Sky

    F Mac in Austealia & NZ 2019

    Mike, Neil Finn, JohnMcVie played Man Of The World from Peter Green era of Fleetwood Mac. You can hear a man in the audience near the person who's recording this say "1966". Only added it to setlist since they came to Australia. This is from another night. But it was equally marvellous when they played it for us.
  49. 3 points
    Big Blue Sky

    F Mac in Austealia & NZ 2019

    Oh, about Free Fallin', well, moment I saw the Rickenbacker appear on stage & I lost it. I was transfixed. So I remember everything about how Mike played it & created that fzmous sound. But i guess I missed out on remembering most of the singing. Quite a lot of us, well, me & lots of people near us, stood to show respect, holding phones flashlights up. So it was like Pentecostal moment (no snakes, though, haha). Or that moment as parade passes by when the crowd spontaneously takes off their hats, or salutes, or throws flowers, or whatever. Did notice Mike looked down at his Rick for the song, though, rather than into audience. Anyway, you asked, so hope that answers your question. :-)
  50. 3 points
    Big Blue Sky

    F Mac in Austealia & NZ 2019

    Oh, 100% wonderful. Everything just marvellous - music, guitars, crowd supporting their musicians, musicians playing their hearts out. Fleetwood Mac (tonight) are really sensational musicians. I take back any snark I may ever have thought. People who were there for them seemed to love every moment. Everything was golden and the energy just kept building, one fantastic thing creating another. Mike Campbell exceeded expectations. Chinner was busy passing guitars. Oh, boy, so many beautiful guitars and Mike sure bent those strings. He even put base of guitar on ground and ran slide up and down strings. It was like, hey, why not? And it sounded sensational! He was in the middle of some songs building building the momentum. The others are dancing around & Mike's so precise, keeps playing, absolutely not distracted, building the song. Centre of the storm, but he's actually feeding that increasingly wild storm, you know? Neil Finn being there created that elusive home-ground advantage. (Even if he's technically from NZ.) We sang along, shone lights from mobile phones. Neil said: "hello Sydney" (roar of welcome), sang verse with people joining in, says "I can hear your Sydney", another verse with all these flickering lights appearing, then "Oh... I can see you Sydney". Beautiful. Black Magic Woman and Oh Well, Good lord, Mike and Neil melted all our faces. Like I say, magic, just golden. No photos, sorry, not sorry, my phone was firmly off & we just focused on the concert. Respect!
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