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Old & new interviews with Tom & the Heartbreakers

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Okay... here's one to watch and feel happy

They playThe Kinks song  I Gotta Move and then there's a little interview (...make sure you watch the interview).

  • 2003 on the Tonight Show

Seeing them on TV chat shows reminds me of their Hometown Blues lyrics

  • Gotta do a number on a late night show / Do a little song, do a little dance / Gonna make the best of her big chance

 

 

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Just asking ... In 1992 George Harrison won the Billboard Century Award & TP introduced him with a heartfelt & eloquent speech. I feel this is close enough to being an interview to justify it being posted on this thread 

It was on youtube in slightly fuzzy format though clear & audible - but now I don't see it anywhere

The part with George Harrison accepting the award is available on youtube

Anyone? 

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15 hours ago, Big Blue Sky said:

Just asking ... In 1992 George Harrison won the Billboard Century Award & TP introduced him with a heartfelt & eloquent speech. I feel this is close enough to being an interview to justify it being posted on this thread 

It was on youtube in slightly fuzzy format though clear & audible - but now I don't see it anywhere

The part with George Harrison accepting the award is available on youtube

Anyone? 

Here's the version I had saved. I hope it's good enough.

Some stuff that came up in Google Alerts:

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/28/651425695/tom-pettys-legacy-lives-on-as-an-american-treasure

https://lfpress.com/pmn/entertainment-pmn/new-tom-petty-set-a-form-of-therapy-for-his-family-and-band/wcm/28d33030-15b7-4b68-874a-3d91bbe6e9a7 

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2 hours ago, chimera said:

I knew Tom was devoted to coffee but wow.

I sipped some good dark black coffee while reading this. My parents drunk Maxwell House when I was growing up. 

I wonder if there's something to having the actual machine hooked up to the pipes that makes it different, maybe then just making it in a regular coffeemaker. I've had instant Maxwell House which is pretty terrible but I don't know if I ever had the brewed kind, at least not in a restaurant.

I have had some good coffee at random restaurants, where I was shocked how good it was; should've asked the brew, ha ha maybe next time I will.

 

3 hours ago, Hoodoo Man said:

Warren Zanes on Tom and Coffee

 Thanks for sharing this! I recall reading this I think in the Zollo book first but it's a shorter anecdote, interesting to read the longer version and how Tom had those coffee makers installed, connected to the pipes etc.

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On September 19, 2018 at 12:17 AM, chimera said:

Interesting:

 But once his schedule opens up, he’s open to the idea of getting back with the Heartbreakers in some capacity, possibly after the long-awaited Wildflowers box set finally comes out. “It would be a great tribute to Tom to just do that album,” says Campbell. “We’d probably have four or five different guest singers with us. We don’t know who they might be though or when this might happen.”

 While not as good as a Wildflowers tour with Tom would've been for a lot of fans, this sounds like a good idea if it does happen. Sounds like they'd do it right and in a respectful way. Would be pretty emotional for them.

On September 30, 2018 at 1:41 PM, chimera said:

 Crazy:

and Petty’s “Free Fallin’,” over Campbell’s objections. “Stevie wanted to do that one,” he says. “I love that song, but I’ve just played it so much. I said to her, ‘Do we have to?’ She said, ‘The crowd will love it. It’ll be a moment.’ So I’m getting into it again.”

 I know, I know, Free Fallin' people love it blah blah blah. C'mon Stevie, give the guy a break! Play one of the deep cuts or something. It's like when people do tributes to bands, or in this case the Heartbreakers, it's usually the same ole hits. Which I understand. It would maybe be interesting for someone to play an obscure Petty song since it's refreshingly different.

Of course it takes elephant balls to go up on stage and say, "Here's a Tom Petty song we love" and then bust out Nightwatchman or The Criminal Kind. I'm glad Eddie Vedder has been playing Room at the Top, something different though I think PJ would do a great version of Mary Jane's especially if they let Mike McCready solo the heck out of the ending.

But back to Fleetwood Mac and this interview:

In time, he started to sketch out ideas for the first-ever national tour by his side band, the Dirty Knobs. It’s something he’d wanted to do for years, but Petty — concerned that this ragtag collection of Los Angeles session cats would somehow take away from the Heartbreakers — would never allow it. “Tom and I had our moments [of disagreement],” says Campbell. “We kept it private. But that type of friction was good for the music. It drove us to put a little more juice into our songs.”

 I hope playing with Fleetwood Mac helps him in his grief and is good for him. From my perspective I think a Dirty Knobs tour would've been the way to go. Different sets every night, jamming, playing in smaller clubs but with an audience there to see you and rock out. Just think how happy Marion and others on here would be for something like this. And an official album.

Fleetwood Mac is well...boring. To be fair, I'm not a fan, and while some songs I've heard now and then are good, and I really like Stevie Nick's voice I'm just not interested in Fleetwood. And now, while I'm sure Mike is a gentleman and can play Free Fallin' like a pro and maybe she's right the crowd will love it (well of course she's right, they'll love it) maybe also it'll be cathartic for him. I just think that doing his own band, that sheer joy of jamming a mix of pop-rock-blues for appreciative fans would also be darn good for him, well...I think so anyway.

But now more Free Fallin'???? This is the guy who labeled one last residency as them being Free of Free Fallin! On top of it, aside from the first Full Moon Fever tour the song was pretty much played straight like the record, over and over and over for over two decades...!

cheers

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2 hours ago, chimera said:

I knew Tom was devoted to coffee but wow.

 Back to coffee. I like how the chef leveled it off. I usually tear open a bag and just free form pour some into the filter. Perhaps next time I will carefully measure it out and see if I note a difference. Black. No sugar!

cheers

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4 hours ago, Hoodoo Man said:

Warren Zanes on Tom and Coffee.  I may be switching to Maxwell House...  :)

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/tom-petty-death-biographer-warren-zanes-731414/

Is that instant coffee? That's what Maxwell House is here in England, and it comes out of a jar in granules and you level off a teaspoon and put it in a cup and pour boiling water on it. It tastes....well...I won't go there.

 

We, in England, would regard good coffee as being espresso based with milk added (latte, cappuccino or fresh bean filter coffee. 

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3 hours ago, chimera said:

I knew Tom was devoted to coffee but wow.

So am I. I used to edit reports for a strategic consultancy that specialises in the coffee industry and puts on the UK Coffee Week. I know a good cup when I taste it. 

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