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  1. Benmont Tench

    This is fantastic. I hope Benmont takes his show to Chicago someday — I would love to see it.
  2. Maybe we can collect the outpouring of tributes here. There have been so many over the past few days, several are very eloquent and worth reading. To start, here's one from his peer Peter Wolf Describes the Magic of Tom Petty's Final Tour And one from a writer Tom Petty Was Perhaps Rock’s Greatest Writer of First Lines There are several more great ones to add.
  3. Benmont Tench Solo Shows in NYC

    Still haven't heard a single peep about the show anywhere on the internet. I am really curious to hear some details about it as well!
  4. ECHO - the most real, honest, genuine heartfelt album.

    I think this is correct. Steve and Scott were not official, full-share-earning Heartbreakers until 2002. If you see any official credits from '95 through '01 (linear notes, etc.), it usually says Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (TP, Mike, Ben, Howie) with Steve Ferrone and Scott Thurston.
  5. Future Tom Petty Releases

    The realization that there will never be new Tom Petty music or Tom Petty concerts ever again is a hard one to sink in. TP spent a lot of time in the studio and took great pride in crafting a legacy of high quality releases, without a real stinker in the bunch. Even as the pace of releases slowed down in the past decade or so, the quality never waned, and I'm sure he had more irons in the fire for the future that will unfortunately never be realized. Luckily, or at least hopefully, there was quite a backlog of unreleased material that Tony D, Ryan Ulyate, Mike Campbell, Warner Brothers execs and whomever else can mold into very exciting and very worthy releases in the coming years. Here is my list of the top five projects I hope to see: 1. Wildflowers - All the Rest. We've heard the speculation and teases about this for so long, it had actually become a joke. I'm assuming it is complete, so this could theoretically be released at any time. I am hoping for as many unreleased studio tracks as possible, and not just demos and live versions. It's sad there will never be accompanying live shows like TP envisioned, but with so many "new" Wildflowers tracks, this still has the potential to be a very exciting album. 2. DVD of 2017 MusiCares performances. There was quite a lineup assembled to honor Tom Petty this past February. Classics like Randy Newman, Don Henley, Jackson Browne and Lucinda Williams as well as newcomers like Gary Clark, The Head and the Heart, Cage the Elephant and a lot more. It would be a shame to not see all the performances and speeches packaged together, ending of course with the Heartbreakers set and the stand out "Waiting For Tonight." 3. Mojo 2 and Hypnotic Eye outtakes. The Heartbreakers recorded a lot, a lot, of tracks over the past decade that were only represented in two studio albums: Mojo and Hypnotic Eye. I would be incredibly excited to see a package of all the finished tracks that didn't make it on those albums. It would start with Mojo outtakes ("Mystery of Love" comes immediately to mind), but concentrate on the aborted Mojo follow up album that TP described as "blues to another power." This would have been in 2011 or so. I believe they had a lot of tracks completed, but only "Burnt Out Town" ever saw release. Then TP changed course and decided to do a straight ahead rock n roll album with all new songs. Years later, Hypnotic Eye came out after being whittled down from dozens of new tracks to just 11. There is bound to be lots of great stuff in the Hypnotic Eye outtakes. "Looking For Daddy" might be among them. Putting all this together would be simply amazing to me. 4. Mudcrutch 3. It was stated in multiple interviews that TP and co. left eight or so finished tracks on the floor for the second Mudcrutch album last year. I would love to see all those tracks as a stand alone album, possibly packaged with "Special Place," the outtake from Mudcrutch 1 in 2008, or maybe with unreleased stuff from the original aborted Mudcrutch album in 1974 (or before). I supposed a Mudcrutch boxset could accommodate all of that, even if it gets bloated with live tracks and already released studio tracks. 5. Greatest Hits Part II. This seems like an eventuality as well, since Warner never put out a compilation of material from Wildflowers on. We've had some good discussion here on what could be included. It would be fun to see YDKHIF, Walls, Room at the Top, Saving Grace, etc. on the same album, even if all those tracks are already available elsewhere. There's bound to be lots of other stuff in the vaults as well! I remember an interview from 2006 in which TP said he had a "good 60 percent of a Heartbreakers album waiting to be finished." I'm pretty sure all the Mojo stuff four years later was completely new, so there should be some mid '00s tracks out there to hear. Plus, I'm sure a live album or DVD of the 40th anniversary tour is probably a sure thing. What do you guys think about these ideas? And what others would you add?
  6. I always wondered why they didn't include "Learning to Fly" on the Take the Highway video. They played it at the shows, and it was the big single at the time. Maybe TP just didn't think the live version was up to snuff? There isn't much footage of the original version of the song live online, minus this video from Europe:
  7. Remembering Tom Petty: Mudcrutch’s Second Encore

    I'd prefer a stand alone disc of just new stuff, as opposed to packaging it with already released stuff or live tracks or anything. But adding in some old '70s Mudcrutch stuff would definitely be interesting.
  8. Remembering Tom Petty: Mudcrutch’s Second Encore

    I will third this! I definitely hope all the leftover Mudcrutch tracks get released as a new album.
  9. Discussion of a Possible 'Greatest Hits, Volume 2'

    It's interesting because studio tracks from the MCA years (debut through Mary Jane's Last Dance) have never been on the same collection as tracks from the Warner years (Wildflowers on). The Greatest HIts, Playback box set and Anthology Through the Years have all been composed of only MCA tracks. I wonder if they'd even be allowed contractually to put them together on a new release.
  10. Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    I've been thinking a lot about this over the past week. It's hard to know what was really going on behind the scenes, and maybe we'll never know. TP was such a private person, and kept extremely tight reins on his image and public persona. He was incredibly shrewd — much more than he ever gets credit for — at presenting only what he wanted in the public sphere. Think back to his divorce or heroin habit or temper or depression. None of it was public knowledge; it was always kept out of the public's eye. He was also really good at hiding pain. He just knew how to present himself publicly. Not phony mind you — he was never phony or anything but authentic. But he knew which notes to hit. He knew that his natural charisma and a well-timed broad smile told a story that dovetailed with his reputation, even if there was pain or turmoil behind the scenes. That's why, it's easy to say "Tom Petty was all smiles at the Hollywood Bowl;" it's true, but it doesn't tell the whole story. He was the quintessential performer, and never let his fans see behind the curtain. To a casual onlooker, he probably came off as the same ol' SoCal super cool rock star TP as ever. It's only super obsessive, overly observant fans who have studied the man to extreme degrees for years and years that would dig deeper to get a different vibe. I don't for a second believe he "knew he was going to die" or was "ready to die" or anything like that. At the same time, I would not be surprised at all if more was going on that nobody knew about, whether it be emotionally or physically or chemically or what have you. Granted, I didn't attend any shows on this tour in person. But from everything I've seen and studied in depth, he did seem a bit off to me, a little unsteady, a little unfocused. The performances were fine. But he could do them from muscle memory. It was like he was reading from a script, for fear of losing his grip if he ventured off. Gigantic mega tours can create that feeling. I was really looking forward to what he had to offer once he wound himself down and was back in a comfortable, relaxed environment, and I am very sorry and heartbroken that we'll never get to see what lay ahead. But there's no doubting he put 100% into whatever he did, including the grueling tour this summer. We may never know what toll that took.
  11. Rolling Stone: Remembering Tom Petty

    "I'm just so sad," Campbell says now, "to think that I'm not going to play those songs again." It's been two weeks, but this is still not sinking in.
  12. Rolling Stone: Remembering Tom Petty

    Very nice, detailed article. It's the first we've heard publicly from Mike Campbell.
  13. Tributes and covers from peers and writers

    A whole lot here: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/10/heres-a-comprehensive-collection-of-tom-petty-trib.html
  14. Rolling Stone just published these three extensive interviews online for the first time. They were conducted at the end of the Hypnotic Eye tour three years ago and are very interesting. Mike Campbell Benmont Tench Ron Blair
  15. Tributes and covers from peers and writers

    I was actually coming to post this. This is especially meaningful and touching to me, as Wilco is, next to TPATH, my second favorite band of all time. I have seen them 20+ times, and am just as obsessive with them as I am with TP and co. I have met members of Wilco in the audience at TPATH concerts... twice. So to see this bittersweet intersection of my two favorite bands is, like everything else this week, surreal.
  16. Tom Petty: The Final Interview

    LA Times writer sits down with TP a couple of days after the tour, just days before he dies. Good article, with full audio of the interview. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-tom-petty-the-final-interview-20171004-story.html
  17. Tom Petty: The Final Interview

    Unfortunately, everything is a sad read right now. At least for me. This one was exceptionally sad though, with how upbeat and vibrant TP seemed. The Benmont joke about "getting the band back together" ...
  18. Rolling Stone 2014 interviews with Mike, Ben and Ron

    There were some interesting insight about Howie and the 2002 line up change in the Ron Blair interview also. As for the "personal reasons Mike doesn't want to go into," this interview was conducted before TP's heroin addiction became public knowledge, so that may be an issue he didn't want to mention. In general, these were three very good interviews, due mostly to the strong nature of the questions being asked.
  19. Tributes and covers from peers and writers

    Warren Zanes: Tom Petty Was Rock ’n’ Roll’s Ambassador to the World
  20. Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    I am still pretty much in a state of shock and disbelief over this. Meanwhile, tributes form his peers have been pouring in. Springsteen, Dylan, McCartney, Jagger, Neil Young, Peter Wolf, you name it. We should try to collect them here in some way. Tom's daughter AnnaKim was very active on social media over the past two days. Otherwise, still no pubic comments from any of the Heartbreakers family.
  21. Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    I am still in a state of disbelief over this. Since I was a kid I thought about this day, knowing it would have to come. But I somehow never thought it would. Or at least not now. TP always had this air of invincibility to him. He would always be there. Others would collapse, or see their careers go away, or their reputations disintegrate, or pass away, but TP was a constant. He would always be there to keep the show moving. Like clockwork, it was the one thing you could depend on. I just can't fathom him not being there now, others eulogizing him instead of the other way around. Obviously my thoughts go to his family — Dana, Adria, Kim, Dylan, his granddaughter — his bandmates, Mike, Benmont, Ron, Scott, Steve, Tom, Randall — and everyone else in his inner circle — Tony, Queenie, etc. — as well as all the friends and fans I've met through his music, his shows and here at MF. But what is really hitting me right now is that the man had so much life, so much music, so much untold, untapped creativity left in him. Who know what new projects he could have completed, how much more music and joy he could have brought into our lives with more time. While a great number of artists his age were simply nostalgia acts only living off their past, TP — and of course just as importantly the Heartbreakers — had a ton to offer. Abruptly calling the end on all that is heartbreaking. I simply cannot believe that voice is gone.
  22. Prayers for Tom Petty - 1950-2017

    I was hoping this was some kind of fake news, but it is getting picked up everywhere. http://www.tmz.com/2017/10/02/tom-petty-found-unconscious-full-cardiac-arrest/
  23. Covers of Tom Petty songs

    Wow, I was just randomly browsing this thread and absolutely loved this interpretation of Fault Lines. Amazing!
  24. 2017 Tour Trail - memories, pics, songs played

    I actually like the acoustic version of "Rebels." I do agree however that the electric version they briefly broke out in '08 didn't quite measure up to the Pack Up the Plantation version, which is clearly the best.
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