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To remember Tom Petty, check out The Heartbreakers performing an acoustic set at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit 25 years ago today.
Tom Petty’s daughter Adria put together a video for the previously unreleased single “For Real” off the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ compilation ‘The Best Of Everything.’
‘The Best Of Everything’ — due in November — is a 38-track collection featuring the late Tom Petty’s hits with The Heartbreakers, his solo work and Mudcrutch.
Celebrate the life of Tom Petty, who tragically died one year ago today, with pro-shot video from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ 2012 performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Check out the music video for Tom Petty’s “Gainesville,” a previously unreleased song that dates back to the 1998 sessions for ‘Echo’.
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Latest Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Setlist
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Hollywood Bowl
- Rockin' Around (With You)
- Mary Jane's Last Dance
- You Don't Know How It Feels
- Forgotten Man
- I Won't Back Down
- Free Fallin'
- Don't Come Around Here No More
- It's Good to Be King
- Crawling Back to You
- Learning to Fly
- Yer So Bad
- I Should Have Known It
- Runnin' Down a Dream
- You Wreck Me
- American Girl
About Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Some time in the last few years Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers took a left turn. Maybe it was when Petty woke up in the night with the idea of reuniting his first band, Mudcrutch, to cut the album they never got a chance to make back in the early 70s. Maybe it was when the Heartbreakers assembled the mammoth multi-disc The Live Anthology, which detailed thirty years of concerts. Maybe it was when they gave all their home movies, outtakes and live footage to director Peter Bogdanovich to create the Grammy-winning four-hour career documentary Runnin’ Down A Dream. There have been side projects and experiments since the band last went into the studio to cut a new Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album. With MOJO, they have taken their recent freedom and experimentation to heart. They have gone off the reservation and all signs indicate they aren’t coming back.
The first thing that hits you about MOJO is that the spirit of the Mudcrutch sessions has carried on with the Heartbreakers. This is the sound of a band playing together in a room not a studio – facing each other, all singing and playing at the same time. The music is alive, with no overdubs or studio trickery. What you hear is what they created on the spot at that time.
Tom Petty says, “With this album, I want to show other people what I hear with the band. MOJO is where the band lives when it’s playing for itself.”
As for the songs, MOJO showcases a wide variety of American music from rock ‘n’ roll to country and both electric and acoustic blues. And then there are the images in Petty’s lyrics which slip in on the melodies and set up a home in your head: The barefoot girl in the high grass chewing on a stick of sugar cane, the run-in with the law that begins when a carload of buddies decide to party with the motel maids, and the hilariously audacious idea of opening an album with an electric blues rocker about Thomas Jefferson’s love affair with Sally Hemings. Petty would probably chuck a rock at anyone who called him a poet, but he sure is a southern writer of humor and sensitivity.
MOJO has juice and guts but it also has some sweet balladry for the slow dancers and even a wacked-out reggae number that is unlike anything that Heartbreakers have done before. It’s the kind of album nobody’s supposed to be able to make anymore. It got here just in time.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame inductees TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS released their debut album in 1976. They have since sold more than 60 million records. Between the Heartbreakers’ recordings and his solo work, Tom Petty has won two GRAMMY awards and been honored with lifetime achievement awards including induction the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, Billboard’s Century Award, and MTV’s Video Vanguard Award. Tom Petty, with the Heartbreakers at his side, has become a rock and roll icon lauded by fellow musicians and music lovers worldwide. Tom Petty’s Sirius/XM radio show, Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure, is one of the most beloved and popular shows on satellite radio. It features Tom Petty spinning favorite tunes from his extensive private music collection.
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