MoonWedding replied to MoonWedding's topic in Great Wide OpenI'm also curious what the state of the band's fan base was at this time. I've heard that Petty's popularity was starting to wane in the late 80s, that concert attendance was down, and that FMF was a "career saving record." Is this true?
MoonWedding posted a topic in Great Wide OpenI've read several interviews where Tom has said that everyone in the Heartbreakers, except for Mike, wasn't initially a fan of Full Moon Fever and that TP's record company actually rejected the record the first time he submitted it to them. In retrospect, I'm absolutely flabbergasted that the other Heartbreakers and label executives didn't immediately recognize that this album was a masterpiece. I'm curious what reception it got with fans right after it's release; was it universally beloved? Was it maligned and deemed "too poppy" by some fans?