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    3/15/19 Hal Blaine playing drums.
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    Classic Rock Video of the Day II

    3/19/19 Dick Dale
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    Don't get me wrong; I LOVE the Wildflowers album. No need to sell me on it. It opened doors for me I didn't even know were there. I just never felt it was as popular as FMF. You know what? It's probably the Atlantic divide. I guess WF never was as big in Germany as it was in the US. But for me, gosh, it meant THE WORLD. Musically. And over the years I've always kind of waited for another WF to come out, but it never did. Not from Tom, nor anybody else. There is only one album as mellow/wistful/rootsy/atmospheric/earthy as this one. Maybe Neil Young's Harvest comes close, but that's darker and not as strong song-wise. Well, maybe every songwriter has their own Wildflowers in them, translated into their own musical language. Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years feels Wildflowerish to me, e.g. But we all know, there can be only one WF. By TP.
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    Classic Rock Video of the Day II

    3/17/19 Them
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    from https://www.facebook.com/groups/tompettynation/ Paul Zollo 9 hrs ยท tagtom petty Hi TPN friends - posting this photo of my timeworn poster to herald the good news that I finally finished and delivered the new manuscript for the upcoming new edition, to be called Conversations with Tom Petty, Expanded Edition. It will be published - if all goes right - in October in time for his birthday. I so appreciate all of you who are excited about its new life and wrote it for all of you. It has much new material - a couple conversations not in the first edition, plus an expansive opening chapter I wrote - and reviews I did of some of his concerts and albums, including his last show and last album. And more. It was always my dream to do a new edition of this book, and I am thrilled this is happening. Admittedly, it's not as I had envisioned - which was that Tom would be around and do new interviews about the years missing in the book. I never considered it would be this. So I am both happy and sad - but that is what life is all about. Like Tom's songs - some so purely joyful and exultant, and some very sorrowful -there's both at the same time. . But I am very happy it's being done with the blessing of Dana - who told me how much Tom loved the book. Which made me happy forever. It was a happy time working on it with him - and with Dana - They were so happy together. Tom was so in love, and so grateful. "Thank God," he wrote, "it was not too late." It so wasn't! This is a slightly raggedy, sun-faded poster from the book tour I did when the first book came out in 2005. I did book signings talking about Tom, which was fun, from L.A. to NY. This one at the NYC Virgin Megastore in Union Square (which is now gone. As is the Hollywood one too, where I did my first event.) The greatest part of this tour was that Fender donated a dozen Squire electric guitars, which Tom signed. So I got to give one of these at each event. I'd have people put their name in a hat and choose one. Best way to ever end a book-signing - "Now who is going to go home with this guitar signed by Tom Petty?" Plans are not made yet, but I intend to do a book tour when this one comes out. As you know, Tom has serious fans all over this country, and I love to share the Tom love with all. The publisher is Omnibus UK. Will keep you informed. Thanks for your love of our book. "Some things are over Some things go on Part of my you carry Part of me is gone.... But you got a heart so big It could crush this town..."
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    EPI Casino history

    Here's my Bigsby version, not a great pic, looks better in the flesh.
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    Classic Rock Video of the Day II

    3/16/19 Erma Franklin Erma was the older sister of Aretha Franklin. She released this original song in 1967, a full year before Janis Joplin covered it and made it a hit.
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    NON classic rock video's

    Let's see if this flies for a new topic! 3/12/19 Ginger Wildheart & Ryan Hamilton
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    Random Thoughts Thread

    I was reading a story about 80's fashion, and saw this. Of course I was surprised to see what I thought was a certain rock star's name across the tongue! Fooled me though. It really says "Competition".
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    From Wiki also from Wiki Born In the USA sold 30 million copies by 2012. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ
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    Thoughts on Playback

    No problem, just trying to help. But these speakers really bring out the best of the sounds that you want to hear.
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    Thoughts on Playback

    Hey, I'm going to show you some great speakers for PC's. They sound great and I use them for my PC. They are also cheaper from the company than from audio stores. Check this out. I've bought 2 sets over the years and they work great. And I play them loud while playing my drums!!! https://www.klipsch.com/products/klipsch-promedia-2-1-thx-certified-computer-speaker
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    Umm.....huh? "Girl on LSD" could never have been a huge hit. I doubt it's ever been played on the radio. Unless Tom played it on his show? That is a song that is meant for the live show so people could cheer for their favorite drugs. I fully expect it to be on the eventual Wildflowers release, but it's a joke song that once you've heard it, you never need to hear it again.
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    Regarding question at 3:00 about Michael J Fox / Johnny B Goode / Back To The Future, here's a tiny extract from interview in LA Times from August 1986. ๐Ÿ’˜ (I googled both names & this appeared!) ...they both met movie stars, partied & mingled... Ask most young movie stars who their heroes are and they'll rattle off a list of names that begin with Robert De Niro and end with Harry Dean Stanton. Ask Michael J. Fox about his idols and he'll give you a totally different roster--Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Richie Blackmore, (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist) Mike Campbell--rock guitar wizards all. "I dunno, I've met great actors, but there's no real mystery there to me," Fox said, sitting up in his room late one night, an acoustic guitar in his lap. "But I've always had this fascination with guitar heroes." He grinned. "I remember I had Mike Campbell over at my house one night, at 3 a.m., playing 'Louisiana Rain' on my guitar. I called up one of my friends in Canada, put the phone up to the guitar for a while and shouted, 'Guess who's playing MY GUITAR!' "
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    Classic Rock Video of the Day II

    I'm tempted to pick a Partridge Family song since I also just read both Danny Bonaduce's book, and David Cassidy's book. But Hal Blaine played on so many hits I don't know how to pick. I'm sure he played on some Monkees songs. I know he was on "Mr. Tambourine Man" and on "Good Vibrations". And on and on. RIP, Hal Blaine.
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    Neil and Old Black are fierce on this tune.
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    Big Blue Sky

    Thoughts on Playback

    More on those early years (before debut album). Disclaimer: Leon Russell doesn't say he actually said this to Tom Petty. But I like to think he might've.
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    Cut-Out Witch by Guided by Voices
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    as long as nobody minds me sharing this here I will leave this up for a week or so. zipped copy of the show above. Enjoy! https://drive.google.com/open?id=1en2A0PzgX8Noji_-Wcj19e1M-MCoAaEE
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    Oh. You meant on record. Right.
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    I can appreciate you sharing that but I didn't like it at all. Musically it sounded all right at first but the singing...those awful harmonies! It sounded like country music or bluegrass on steroids. Well, I realize it's mainly the band with Paul Butterfield so it's not a representation of his music. cheers