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Almost Simon last won the day on July 6 2017

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  1. Almost Simon

    Tom Petty: The Ultimate Music Guide

    Just bought this afternoon when i went to the supermarket to get dinner in. Looks very good. I love this sort of magazine/book. I have this for most major artists who's music i love, Dylan, Neil, Clapton, Joni, Zepp, Beatles, Who, Kinks, etc etc. So with recent magazines covering the likes of Kate Bush and Nick Cave and the like it was time we reached the mighty Tom and band. There'll always been disagreements about song ratings and maybe a few mistakes but overall these magazines are great if you want a full career review on the albums. Hope to give this a good read over the weekend.
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    Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    A very confusing evening. In the UK no news at all. I've been posting my thoughts, the whole world has so this one is a bit confusing. Off to bed now. Maybe tomorrow i can wake to some better news. A better Tuesday. I will surely be playing Tom's music and enjoying Buried Treasure. Stay positive everyone.
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    Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    Whoa! So upset. Love the music, so many, many hours listening to Buried Treasure on my ipod, so much fun, so inspirational, so funny. Royal Albert Hall 2012, one of the very live shows i've ever seen. I'd waited for years to see him come to the UK. A precious memory. Cannot believe this news. Heartbroken! R.I.P. Tom
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    U.S. Tour 2017 [Official Dates Announced]

    I'm looking at that gap between June 19th in New York and June 29th Illinois. No UK dates included but that gap coincides with the 2017 Glastonbury Festival in England. Last time they played UK it was 2 dates at the Royal Albert Hall then headlined Isle of Wight Festival. Looks like a nice fit to me. I maybe wrong but I'd lay a bet on that one. Would be nice. Even if they don't play Glastonbury id love to see them again at the Albert Hall. It was stunning last time. Just concerned how much the ticket prices would be. Anyway, see what happens!!!
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    BBCTV Old Grey Whistle Test 1977 interview & 2 live songs

    If you guys are interested the same person who uploaded this show on youtube has posted loads of other clips and episodes of OGWT. In the UK the BBC has been repeating their old Top of the Pops shows for the past 6/7 years starting at 1976, before that the BBC unfortunately deleted many episodes. The wish now is for them to start repeating these old OGWT shows in full. To date they havent which is a real shame. I thought they might've used this 1977 interview in the Running Down A Dream doc, even if it missed the cut for the film i'd have added it as an extra. Very good. Just makes you wonder what other wonders from the past are there still to be re-discovered. Will keep looking!!
  6. Newly posted on youtube. Starts at 20:00 through to 34:00, live performance of I Need To Know, interview with Tom by Bob Harris and American Girl from Whiskey in LA, fall of 1977.
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    TPATH on Top of The Pops 1977

    I know this performance is already on youtube (Anything Thats Rockn'Roll) and also available on DVD but just as a heads up for any UK viewers the BBC is repeating the full episode of Top of The Pops from 16th June 1977 on BBC4 tomorrow night (12th July.) Just interesting to watch Tom and boys performance in context with the times of 35 years ago. The weird thing is that the BBC are trying to show these repeats on the exact dates of the original broadcast 35 years ago but because of various 70's episodes being deleted after original broadcast they're a bit out of sync. A real shame as if they'd shown this on the correct date it would've matched almost exactly with the week the boys were in the UK for the Albert Hall and Isle of Wight shows. Nevermind:rolleyes: Here's the full line up for said show. Right between The Muppets and Kenny Rogers :003: 16-6-77: Presenter: David Jensen (48) JOHN MILES – Slow Down (23) OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN – Sam ® (20) HOT CHOCOLATE – So You Win Again (NEW) ANDY GIBB – I Just Wanna Be Your Everything (17) EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER – Fanfare For The Common Man (video) (NEW) GENE COTTON – Me And The Elephant (21) QUEEN – Good Old Fashioned Loverboy (44) ARCHIE BELL & THE DRELLS – Everybody Have A Good Time (22) BO KIRKLAND & RUTH DAVIS – You’re Gonna Get Next To Me (danced to by Legs & Co) (NEW) THE FOSTER BROTHERS – Count Me Out (7) THE MUPPETS – Halfway Down The Stairs (video) (NEW) TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS – Anything That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll (1) KENNY ROGERS – Lucille (video) (3) THE JACKSONS – Show You The Way To Go (and credits)
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    Isle of Wight Festival UK

    This might be down to the band themselves. Remember that they (the bands management) only allowed 30mins worth to be shown on the UK TV coverage. I guess we'll never know but you'd imagine a TV broadcaster would show as much of the headline acts as they possibly could. No reason to ignore them.
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    Isle of Wight Festival UK

    Thank you for this.
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    Isle of Wight Festival UK

    Isle of Wight setlist and one of the reviews: 'Listen To Her Heart' 'You Wreck Me' 'I Won't Back Down' 'Here Comes My Girl' 'Handle With Care' 'Good Enough' 'Oh Well' 'Something Big' 'Don't Come Around Here No More' 'Free Fallin'' 'It's Good To Be King' 'Something Good Coming' 'Learning To Fly' 'Yer So Bad' 'I Shoulda Known It' 'Refugee' 'Runnin' Down A Dream' 'Mary Jane's Last Dance' 'American Girl' Revered US rocker Tom Petty and his band The Heartbreakers closed Friday night at Isle Of Wight Festival with a set full of classic hits at the close of a day that saw other acts paying tribute to him. Charlie Fink of Noah And The Whale asked the crowd "Is anyone else sharing my excitement at seeing Tom Petty this evening?" during their early evening set, while Elbow frontman Guy Garvey referred to Petty as a "living legend". Opening with 1978 single 'Listen To Her Heart', Petty appeared energetic and dapper in a blue suit jacket he later removed to reveal a brocade waistcoat. The rapport between the veteran band members was clear, Petty leading them like a conductor with arm gestures. After following up with 'You Wreck Me', Petty thanked the crowd and told them he was pleased to be back in England – the set came as part of the band's first live dates in the UK for 20 years - before playing the classic 'I Won't Back Down'. As well as hits like 'Here Comes My Girl', 'Don't Come Around Here No More', 'Free Fallin'' and 'Learning To Fly', the set included a rendition of 'Handle With Care' by The Traveling Wilburys, the supergroup Petty formed with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne. Petty appeared particularly animated during a cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Oh Well', running around the front of stage shaking a pair of maracas furiously. "Are you read for some rock'n'roll, some good old headbanging?" he asked the crowd before playing 'I Shoulda Known It'. "I wanna lay a little mojo on ya." He then closed with an encore of 'Mary Jane's Last Dance' and 'American Girl'. Jack Henstridge, 21, from Salisbury, said: "He's amazing. 'Learning To Fly' was brilliant. The whole thing was amazing, and when he played that – brilliant. The weather was pretty awful getting here, but this was just awesome. Just forgot all about it, the sun was out, this guy was living life, I was living life. Done." Menawhile, Andrew Davie from Newport, South Wales, 25 enthused: "I'm a big fan. He played somewhere in London a few days ago, I know, but before that [it] was a long, long time. 'Refugee' I think was my favourite. I'll be honest, the build up for today seemed a little bit boring and a little bit kind of safe, and they came on and they blew me away." Jenny Leigh, 32, from Birmingham, added: "I grew up listening to his music so to finally see him live is a dream. Me and my friends had a group-hug moment when he played 'Don't Come Around Here No More', it was incredible."
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    Isle of Wight Festival UK

    TV coverage just stated that they "showed as much as the artist allowed them to broadcast" which pretty much speaks for itself. 6 songs, ending with Mary Jane. 30mins worth, sounded great, not to Albert Hall levels of greatness but still great to see live on TV. Midnight here, need some sleep. Have a good one. Cheers Simon;)
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    Isle of Wight Festival UK

    Refugee up next on the TV coverage, sounding great. Then Runnin Down A Dream. I'll take a bet on American Girl coming next. Looks like management have allowed 30mins of the set to be shown. Just wish that Don't Come Around Here No More had been shown. Still sounds great tho. I'm sure this'll end up on youtube. Not quite as good as the Albert Hall footage but still great to see.
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    Isle of Wight Festival UK

    Then I Shoulda Known It.
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    Isle of Wight Festival UK

    Great stuff then Yer So Bad. Might get 30mins worth at least.
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    Isle of Wight Festival UK

    11.30pm, they've FINALLY started. With Learning To Fly:003::003::003:
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