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Voldar: Rolling Stone Fact-Checks Famous Rock Songs 7 Tom Petty - 'Swinging' Tom Petty never mentions which Sonny Liston fight he was referring to in his 1999 song "Swingin'," but it could only be Liston's infamous 1965 bout with Muhammad Ali. "She went down swingin'," Petty sings near the end of the song. "Like Sonny Liston." Just 20 seconds into the fight Liston fell down to the ground, despite the fact that Ali didn't even make contact with him. It's since been called the "phantom punch" by journalists and historians. People are still debating what happened that day, but Liston certainly didn't go down swinging: He just went down. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/photos/rolling-stone-fact-checks-famous-rock-songs-20110223/tom-petty-swinging-0245492

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Voldar: Warner Bros. Records and Affiliated Labels Announce Exclusive Vinyl Releases for Record Store Day on Saturday, April 16th, 2011 Vinyl Packages Will Be Available From My Chemical Romance, R.E.M., The Flaming Lips, Mastodon, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Regina Spektor and More Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Limited Edition white vinyl, You're Gonna Get It! (Limited Edition blue vinyl; both Bernie Grundman Mastering). "Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers," the band's debut album, was originally released in 1976. The album is best known for introducing the world to the classic tracks "American Girl" and "Breakdown." "You're Gonna Get It!" Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' second album was released in 1978. Building on the edgy yet always melodic sonic template created on their debut, this album features the hits "Listen To Her Heart" and "I Need To Know" which remain staples in the classic rock songbook. http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Warner-Bros-Records-Affiliated-Labels-Announce-Exclusive-Vinyl-Releases-Record-Store-1402798.htm

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Voldar: Traveling Wilburys Raised On Promises Article By Michael Corcoran Spin August 1989 Tom Petty has been a rebel and a Traveling Wilbury, a kid who saw Elvis at 7 and grew up to fight the record company on principle alone. He may be one of the great talents of his generation or just another creep from the Valley. He may be both. Tom Petty drives a black Corvette Stingray. He could afford a much more expensive car, like a Ferrari, Rolls-Royce or Lamborghini, but as far as hes concerned, a black Vette is the ultimate set of wheels. Its the car he wanted when he was a 15-year-old in Gainesville, Florida. We are driving down Ventura Boulevard, me and Tom Petty, in his black Vette. He apologizes for the car phone. My manager said I should have one, he says, but I dont know. Id be so embarrassed if someone I knew saw me talking on it. I mean, what am I gonna do, call my wife and tell her Ill be home as soon as the light turns green? Tom Petty is the product of what he calls swamp people. His fathers mother is a full-blooded Cherokee. Petty grew up on the lower frontiers of the Okeefenokee swamp, in Gainesville, the home of the University of Florida. On the song, A Mind With a Heart of Its Own, from Full Moon Fever, he sings, Well I been to Brooker and I been to Micanopy/I been to St. Louis too/I been all around the world. Brooker and Micanopy are podunk suburbs of Gainesville; the small-town attitude is a subdivision of Pettys mind that has never been torn down. Most people come to Florida to escape something cold weather, their past, whatever, he says. And theyre very content about it. I was always uncontent. I ran a little faster than Florida. When I left Gainesville in 74, it felt like I was escaping. Its always great to go back, though. When I was 23, I camped out for tickets to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at the Santa Monica Civic. Took the bus from Pico Rivera, waited in line for 12 hours, then found out it was unreserved seating. Color me chump. It was the best rockn'roll show Ive ever seen, though. God, what a magnificent rockn'roll machine the Heartbreakers were/are. And Petty was the coolest the son Patti Smith gave away for adoption when she was 19, raised by swamp people and locked in a room with Between the Buttons and Blonde on Blonde. The day after the show, I bought a vest and started using conditioner. As we drive through successive unexceptional blocks, Petty tells me that Ventura Boulevard is the Broadway of the Valley. That A&P over there next to Popeyes must be Times Square. There is little distinguishable about these miracle miles except that all the first-run theaters are showing Field of Dreams and all the dollar houses are showing Bull Durham. Kevin Costner owns Ventura Boulevard this thick spring evening. I love LA, Petty says. I love Florida, but LA is home now. Petty first moved to LA in 1974 with Mudcrutch, a popular Florida bar band which also contained future Heartbreakers Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell. Driving to LA was the funniest thing, Petty recalls with a great laugh. I remember stopping the car in Arizona and getting out because we saw a cactus and couldnt believe it. The members of Mudcrutch knew even less about the music business than they did about southwestern vegetation. We told them we drove all the way from Florida to LA as if we were the first people to drive 3,000 miles to go to Hollywood. Mudcrutch was quite good, though. They received three offers to sign after only a week, and chose Shelter. We were so naive that when we signed a publishing deal we thought it meant for writing books. When he first moved to LA, Petty hung around the Premiere Motel with the other Shelter acts Dwight Twilley, Phil Seymour, Gary Busey, Leon Russell just getting high and writing songs. Hanging out with the Traveling Wilburys kinda reminds me of those days, he says. Instead of sitting around the Premiere Motel amongst dirty socks, though, were in our houses and studios in the Valley. The old spirit is still there. I guess Jeff (Lynne) is sorta the Leon Russell of this group. Hes the producer, the catalyst. He makes sure our socks are clean. Earlier in the day, when Petty met me at the MCA offices, it was the first time hed been there in years. Hes more ordinary when youd expect, this simple rock millionaire. His face shows every day of his 35 years, with his hairline starting to recede, his skin wrinkling around his basset hound eyes, and his chin doubling. You always hear that rock stars are small in person, and you come to expect it. But when Petty walks into the room, not only short but frail, youre still surprised. His white, skinny fingers look barely big enough to play a guitar. Hes been burned by words, so he approaches them cautiously, with long pauses and a still-recognizable drawl. He laughs long before he says something funny, and long after anyone else does. In the early days, he says, I badmouthed someone every once in a while, and then it would come out in the paper and Id feel so small. Id come off much worse than whoever I was talking about. We pull into the parking lot of Norms Rare Guitars in Reseda, which Petty calls the poor side of the tracks in the Valley. The street that divides Encino and Reseda is a lot thicker than it looks, he says, at least to some folks. The front door at Norms says they close at 6:00, but we enter at around 6:30. Petty called and asked Norm to stay open, because we were running a little late. Norm knows on which side his croissant is buttered. As we get to the door, we run into Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan from Guns NRoses, who recognize Petty and straighten up. Man, Tom Petty, says McKagan, extending his hand. Pettys hands are so small that when he cups his ears you can still see his lobes. Were in Guns N Roses, Stradlin says, and we think youre great. Petty smiles, says hes happy to meet them. After they tell him about seeing him at the US Festival or something they leave with their five new vintage guitars. Can you believe those guys? Petty asks, without shaking his head. Theyre bigger than the Stones ever were. He likes Gun N Roses mostly because theyre from LA, but also because, like him, they took the best from their past and punched it into the present. As hes a Byrds with balls and legs, Guns N Roses is Janis Joplin with the horsepower to bring that screech out of a skid. Norm, what do you want for this hollow-body? Petty is strumming a huge blonde guitar that he could hide behind. That ones a thousand, Norm answers. Petty gives him a look that says, Are you serious, I wouldnt pay more than eight for this piece of shit. He puts the guitar down. Petty doesnt really want the big Gretsch, hes just setting Norm up for something he does want. Its a small Fender amp, which he tells me, when Norm is too far away to hear, is the first one he ever owned. As he plays Dont Be Cruel through the tiny Fender, he asks Norm, How much for this amp? Norm strokes his chin and says hell sell the amp for a hundred and fifty. Sold! says Petty, perhaps a little too quickly for Norms satisfaction. Hey, Tom, Norm asks as he writes up a receipt, could you maybe ask Bob about that guitar I lent him for that photo shoot? He still hasnt returned it. Petty answers, He mustve forgot about it. Dont worry, hell bring it back. I know hes good for it, but its been almost six months, Norm says. Bob is Bob Dylan. Theyre younger than the Rat Pack and older than the Brat Pack. Theyre the Wilbury Doughboys, soft and rich, and their membership includes Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, the late Roy Orbison (collectively the Traveling Wilburys), and also Mike Campbell (Heartbreakers), Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Randy Newman, T-Bone Burnett and Roger McGuinn. Theyre the Rolling Thunder of San Fernando Valley; working together, writing together, playing together in a small chunk of high-priced California real estate, and selling millions and millions of records together. TOM PETTY: It was Thanksgiving Day, 1987, when the seeds of Full Moon Fever and the Wilburys were planted. I wanted to play baseball real bad that day, but I didnt have a mitt so I drove to the Thrifty Drug store because that was the only place open that I thought might have mitts. I was at the red light just before the Thrifty and I looked over and saw Jeff (Lynne). I had just met him a few weeks earlier in London and I waved for him to pull over. It turned out that he was living not far up the road from me so we exchanged numbers. He was working on the Brian Wilson record at the time so I didnt hear from him for about a month and then he started coming over. The first day I played a song for him that I had written called Yer So Bad. He said he liked it, but how about if I tried a B minor here, and it instantly improved the song. We finished that song the first day and the next day we wrote Free Falling. Most of the Heartbreakers were spread all over the country at the time so I grabbed Phil Jones, who plays percussion on some of the Heartbreakers records, and me, him and Jeff went to Campbells garage studio and made demos of these new songs. When I heard them, I thought, Hey, these sound like a record. Hmmm. Why not release them as a solo album? And that was that. So youre happy with the way Full Moon Fever turned out? I dig this record so much that its hard for me to talk about it because Ill sound so gushing and immodest. With the exception of Let Me Up, it seems weve tried too hard to make albums. Southern Accents and Long After Dark were very difficult projects, and though I like them, I think theyre pretty uneven records. Southern Accents has some good songs on it, like Dont Come Around Here No More is probably the best thing weve ever done, but as a complete album its not quite there. Full Moon Fever starts here, goes to there, ends here and that makes a satisfying record. You kept the lineup pretty simple. There arent many guest stars. I didnt want to call all my friends and have a list of famous names. I just wanted a nice little group. I did get George Harrison to play on one song and Roy (Orbison) does some background vocals on Zombie Zoo. What was Roy Orbison like? [long pause] Roy was such a gentle man and a gentleman. Hes one of the greatest people Ive ever met. He was very bright, very well read, not some cracker. You wouldnt expect it, but Roy knew all of Monty Python by heart. He loved really offbeat comedy and he had a pretty keen sense of humor himself. Was he into being a Wilbury? Oh yeah. Very much so. In his last call to me, a few days before his death, the Wilburys had just gone platinum and he was so thrilled. He kept saying, Aint life grand? He was really rebuilding his confidence. I cant imagine Roy Orbison having confidence problems. Well, he knew he was the best singer alive, but he hadnt had a big hit record in a long time. God, he could sing! When hed sing during the Wilbury sessions wed all just look at each other with big eyes. Even if he was just sitting at a table working out a song and singing, wed go, Roy, quit it, youre driving me crazy. He told us that he really felt invincible because he had the support of all these people, the way everyone loved him so much. When he started recording Mystery Girl he was letting Campbell and T-Bone run everything, but by the time they finished there was a huge change in Roy. He started coming in and really taking charge of the sessions and we were really pleased to see him get his confidence back. I wish he couldve seen the success of that album, because if there ever was a guy who was going to dig it. You know, when someone dies you always hear nice things about them, but Roy really was that way, a very special person. His album went #1, didnt it? Yeah, it knocked the Wilburys down to #2. As a 7-year-old, Tom Petty was sitting in the front yard of his familys townie simplex one day in Gainesville, when his aunt came by and told him that her new husband was working on the set of an Elvis Presley movie, Follow That Dream, 30 miles away, and did he want to go? I knew Elvis Presley was some sort of rock n roll singer I remember all the ruckus that was going on in our living room when he was on Ed Sullivan a few years earlier, but I wasnt too familiar with his music, Petty recalls. There wasnt anything else going that day/that week/that month, so Tommy went with his aunt to watch Elvis get out of a car and go into a bank for six hours. It was an unbelievable scene at the filming. There mustve been a thousand screaming girls on the other side of a chain link fence. After what seemed like an eternity, Elvis got out of a long white Cadillac and walked across the street. It was the most fucking awesome thing Ive ever seen. Elvis didnt look like the people Id known. He had a real glow around him, like a full-body halo. He looked like a god to me. When that days filming was over he came over and shook my hand and a bunch of other kids hands. Ill never forget that. From that day in 1961 Tom Petty has done little else except follow the rockn'roll dream. Bruce Springsteen once said that if you saw Elvis Presley and didnt want to be like him there was something wrong with you. There was nothing wrong with Tom Petty that a box full of Presley singles couldnt cure. After I saw Elvis that one time, I became obsessed. A friend of mine had a bunch of records that his sister had left behind when she married and moved away. I traded him a Wham-O slingshot for them, which was quite a big deal in those days, but there were about 30 Elvis records, plus stuff by Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. For the next two years all I did was sit in my room and listen to those records. My dad was worried about me because I didnt go outside, I didnt play sports, I didnt do nothing but listen to those records. I cant tell you how much rockn'roll consumed me. It wasnt a matter of choice. It was something that came over me like a disease. It was all I lived for and its only been lately, like the last three or four years, that I realized that there is more to life than rockn'roll. Tom Petty has six platinum records and two gold ones hanging on his wall in Encino. He and his remarkable Heartbreakers have torn up crowds for 13 years now. Theyve toured the world with Dylan. Petty has also cowritten huge hits for other performers, including Stop Draggin My Heart with Stevie Nicks, You Got It with Roy Orbison, Ways To Be Wicked for Lone Justice, and Rosanne Cashs #1 country single, Never Be You. Through it all, Petty remains, first and foremost, a great rockn'roll fan. His voice, tiny and expressive, is a fans voice. Though detractors might call Petty a ripoff, pointing out how the melody of Breakdown is a direct lift of the Animals Cheating, and how Listen To Her Heart and several other Petty originals are right out of the Byrds songbook, Petty just shrugs off the derivative tag. The Byrds are to me what Chuck Berry was to the Stones and what Buddy Holly was to the Beatles, he says. Roger McGuinn of the Byrds covered American Girl, like a stamp of approval, soon after it was released in 76. He knew early on that there was something exciting and different about this Byrdsphile. When your first album came out, you were considered punk rock, werent you? At first, yeah. We played with a lot of punk bands like the Clash, the Ramones and Blondie, and played at clubs like CBGBs. so we got lumped into that whole punk thing. Then people started saying, Well theyre different, but theyre not punk, so they called us new wave. I think we were the first band to be called new wave, not that its any honor youd want to hang on your wall. Did you like playing with punk bands? Yeah, it was wild; wilder than anything we saw in Gainesville, Ill tell you that. I saw some great bands. Mink DeVille, I thought, was going to be the next Stones. They killed us. We were in London for the first or second time Elvis Costello ever played out in front of an audience. I thought, hmmm, ballsy name, and then he comes out, just him and a guitar, and he was great. Those were wonderful days, though we really took shit from both sides. To the punks we were slow and wimpy and to the mainstream crowd we were too wild and original. Plus, they couldnt understand a band from Florida not playing Free Bird. Was there a lot of backstabbing from the scene when you made it big? Oh, yeah. A lot of people had the attitude in those days that it was wrong to be successful. John Doe [of X] was telling me how fucked it was that some of the LA bands were copping attitudes like they didnt want hits. He said, Id love to have a fucking hit! Thats what rockn'roll is all about. Musicians want to be heard by a lot of people. Thats a basic thing. After we got big and famous and everything, wed go back to the Whiskey and thered be all these kids in spiky hair giving us shit, and that really hurt. When we started playing the Whiskey there was no scene, but we stuck it out and helped create one. Though the Heartbreakers werent considered punk for long, they did maintain some of the spirit, especially in their dealings with MCA, which had bought Shelter and thus them. When radio resisted the single Listen To Her Heart because of the drug reference in the line, You think youre gonna take her away/With your money and your cocaine, Petty refused to change the last word to champagne, even though it meant sacrificing the chance for a hit. Shortly afterward, refusing to be dealt with like a slab of rump roast, Petty and the Heartbreakers took MCA to court for a lengthy and costly battle. The band ended up filing for bankruptcy before settling with MCA, but out of the legal dust rose their best-selling album to date, Damn the Torpedoes, which went on to sell four million copies. Petty tangled with MCA on the bands next release, Hard Promises, as well, The company wanted to raise the price on the record from the norm of $8.98 to $9.98. Petty threatened to title the album $8.98 if MCA didnt withdraw the hike. It stayed at $8.98. You know what was the worst thing about the whole Hard Promises ordeal? We spent so much time fighting about the price that we didnt realize it was a real boring album cover, Petty says. Since then, Ive always been real particular about the album covers. I still cringe when I see Hard Promises. As the black Vette turns right down La Something street, Petty says, You know, Full Moon Fevers a very Los Angeles record. He says it defiantly, proudly. One of the great things about LA is that you can be all alone in your car alone and moving fast. Its very therapeutic. I almost ask him about the fire, but I cant. On May 17, 1987, at about 10 a.m., Tom Petty was home having breakfast with his wife of 14 years and his youngest daughter when someone set his house on fire. The arsonist was never caught, and the house burned to the ground. The Pettys escape unharmed, though their maid was overcome with smoke inhalation but survived. Petty spent almost a year after the fire driving all over LA looking for a new house. A new home. He drove through the canyons, down the beaches and up the hills. He had the radio on. Much of Full Moon Fever seems written from behind the wheel of a dream car speeding from a nightmare. Its all alone and moving fast. Its very therapeutic. Tom Petty drops me off at the hotel and waves back from the red light. When it turns green, the black Vette makes a mighty roar and takes off. http://thepettyarchives.squareserve.com/magazine/magazines-1989/1989-08-spin/

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SLQ: Dear TPHB Fan, On the evening of April 14, SiriusXM will broadcast a special 2-hour, live event TOM PETTYS ULTIMATE BURIED TREASURE in celebration of Tom Pettys exclusive SiriusXM radio show, now entering its 6th year with new episodes beginning on March 31. SiriusXM's Meg Griffin will host. A select group of Toms fans will have the opportunity to be part of the intimate studio audience at the event, which includes a post-show meet-and-greet with Tom. To qualify to be part of this event, SiriusXM subscribers can submit their most creative and insightful questions about Toms musical career, or about his Buried Treasure radio show and the music played on it, for the chance to pose the question in person to Tom directly at the event. Twenty (20) of the best questions will be chosen and those people will be invited with a guest to meet up at a secret location in Southern California, where they will be face to face with Tom to ask their question LIVE during this very special event on April 14. Each of the winners will also receive a copy of the special limited edition Record Store Day releases of the first two Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers albums on 120-gram colored vinyl which Tom will sign for you at the event Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (on white vinyl) and Youre Gonna Get It! (on blue vinyl). There will also be a chance to call in with questions during the live broadcast, giving SiriusXM listeners the chance to speak to Tom as well. Click here to go to the SiriusXM contest page to enter for your chance to win and to see the Official Rules. SPECIAL CONTEST OFFER FOR HIGHWAY COMPANIONS CLUB MEMBERS ONLY If you are not a SiriusXM subscriber but you are a member of the Highway Companions Club, you will have a special opportunity to win a trip to Los Angeles (airfare and lodging paid for by the Highway Companions Club) to participate in the April 14 event. Beginning next week, Highway Companions Club members only can submit via the Highway Companions website their questions for Tom in the same way SiriusXM subscribers can submit their questions described above. One grand prize winner from the Highway Companions Club will be chosen to fly to Los Angeles with a guest and ask Tom a question in person, live on the air. The winner will also receive a copy of the special limited edition Record Store Day releases of the first two Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers albums on 120-gram colored vinyl which Tom will sign for you at the event Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (on white vinyl) and Youre Gonna Get It! (on blue vinyl). The Highway Companions Club will also choose 5 runner ups who will have the opportunity to attend the taping as members of the studio audience (each with a guest). Highway Companions members should stay tuned for information on how to enter. ---- TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS' FIRST TWO ALBUMS TO BE RE-RELEASED ON VINYL ONLY ON RECORD STORE DAY (APRIL 16) If you haven't already heard, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will celebrate Record Store Day on April 16 by re-releasing in limited editions their first two albums on 120-gram colored vinyl. These special editions of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (on white vinyl) and Youre Gonna Get It! (on blue vinyl) will be limited for sale at the 700 independently owned record stores in the USA and hundreds of similar stores internationally. The press run for each album will be 2,500 copies in the USA and Canada and 2,000 copies in Europe and Asia for a total press run of only 4,500 copies worldwide. For information on where to find these special releases on Record Store Day (April 16), click here. **Please note: Although these albums are exclusively available at a limited number of independent record stores we have made a special arrangement to provide a small quantity of each album for sale to members of the Highway Companions Club. More information on how to purchase these albums will be sent to Highway Companions Club Members soon.

Voldar: "" . ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO FLY TO LA, MEET TOM PETTY, AND PERSONALLY ASK HIM A QUESTION LIVE ON SIRIUSXM! HIGHWAY COMPANION CLUB MEMBERS ONLY. On the evening of April 14, SiriusXM will broadcast a special 2-hour, live event - TOM PETTY'S ULTIMATE BURIED TREASURE - in celebration of Tom Petty's exclusive SiriusXM radio show, now entering its 6th year with new episodes beginning on March 31. The event will consist of fans personally asking Tom a question about his music/musical career or his radio show, live on the air. One lucky winner from the Highway Companions Club will be flown to Los Angeles and invited, with a guest, to meet up at the secret taping location where they will be face to face with Tom to ask their question LIVE during this very special event on April 14. The winner will also be able to participate in a special post-taping meet and greet with Tom. The winning HCC member will also receive a copy of the special limited edition Record Store Day releases of the first two Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers albums on 120-gram colored vinyl which Tom will sign for you at the event - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (on white vinyl) and You're Gonna Get It! (on blue vinyl). Additionally, five runners up from the Highway Companions Club will have the opportunity to attend the event taping (with guests) as part of the studio audience. To enter to win, Highway Companions Club members should submit their most creative and insightful questions about Tom's music, musical career, or about his Buried Treasure radio show and the music played on it. http://www.tompetty.com/news/title/hcc-members-enter-for-a-chance-to-meet-tom-petty

SLQ: 25 2011 Tom Petty attend a game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California Weekly Juice Upcoming Sports & Concerts in Los Angeles June 2010 By: Caroline - June 11th, 2010 Filed under: Events & Parties, Los Angeles Scene, Music in L.A., Weekly Juice Add Comment Well, the Lakers and Celtics are once again locked in an epic NBA Final. We have tickets for what could be the final game of the season, this Tuesday June 15th. Also, the sunny summer concert season is finally here and there have been some incredible additions to the calendar including Sting, Aerosmith, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Rush, Dave Matthews Band, Green Day, Roger Waters Tom Petty and many more! We can get you premium seats at most any event.

Voldar: Tom Petty at Norman's Rare Guitars Tom Petty visits Norman's Rare Guitars. Tom and Norman talked about the Mid Night Mission event on May 9th, 2011. They are honoring Tom with the Golden Heart Award. The Midnight Mission Statement of Purpose * To offer a bridge to self-sufficiency for homeless people through counseling, education, training and job placement. * To make available the necessities of life to homeless people: food, shelter, clothing, personal hygiene needs, and medical care. * To offer the 12-step approach to recovery. * To serve homeless people with empathy and respect, without sermonizing. * To provide for the homeless as an independent social service agency. http://www.midnightmission.org/aboutus-mission.asp

Voldar: Full Catalog Review: Tom Petty Back in 1976, studying the debut album of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, I wondered if the smirking, leatherjacketed, flaxen-haired guy on the cover was a budding punk-rocker (like Johnny Thunders and those other Heartbreakers) or a newfangled classic-rocker. Turns out Petty was both. The combination of his insistent vocals and forward-into-the-past songs with the exceptional talents of the Heartbreakers core lead axman Mike Campbell (a true guitar god) and keyboardist Benmont Tench has made for one of rocks most golden catalogs. http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/features/2010/09/full-catalog-review-tom-petty?pnid=49371

Voldar: Rock and roll legend right here in town Stan Lynch is St. Augustines resident rock star. Lynch is known for being the drummer of the Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. He is a producer and songwriter and in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in Gainesville, Fla., where he began to play the guitar and piano. He said he thought he would become a guitar player, but he found the drums on accident. By junior high, I was fully focused on drums, he said. Music was my life. College wasnt an option. In Florida, Lynch joined the bands Styrofoam Soul and Road Turkey. Once he moved to Los Angeles, he got together with other Florida natives to put together Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers in 1976. His favorite thing about that time was the energy. Lynch said he left the band because of conflicts with Tom Petty and moved back to Florida. It was time for me to go, he said. We both tried very hardfor a long time we worked very hard together. I have great respect for Tom Petty. Now, Lynch writes and produces songs in St. Augustine. He said Florida has always been his paradise. My family and friends are here, he said. Crescent Beach was always heaven to me. However, Lynch said St. Augustine is not the best climate for an up and coming artist. Head to a thriving, pitiless city and measure the competition, he said. See what youre really up against, the sooner the better. Lynch said he spends most evenings in the studio. Also, a couple times a week he said he gives music lessons to children with hopes of breaking into the business. If you want to go to Hollywood, Its straight out I-10, cant miss it, he said. http://gargoyle.flagler.edu/2011/04/rock-and-roll-legend-right-here-in-town/

Voldar: , , . Sleepytime Tunes: Lullaby Trib to Tom Petty The track list: Free Fallin' I Won't Back Down You Wreck Me Saving Grace Runnin' Down A Dream Here Comes My Girl American Girl Learning To Fly Into The Great Wide Open The Waiting , . , Runnin' Down A Dream, , . http://unofficialjefflynne.blogspot.com/ http://www.amazon.com/Sleepytime-Tunes-Lullaby-Trib-Petty/dp/B003IMERE2

Voldar: TomPetty.com Nominated For A Webby Award We are happy to announce that TomPetty.com is one of five nominated sites for a prestigious Webby Award in the Celebrity/Fan category. This nomination is a 'People's Voice Award' meaning, we need your help to win! Webby People's Voice voting starts April 12th and ends April 28, 2011. (If you want to tell a few friends and family so they can vote too, please do!) http://www.tompetty.com/news/title/tompettycom-nominated-for-a-webby-award-vote-for-us Thanks - TomPetty.com Team