Tom Petty 1950-2017

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Tom Petty 1950-2017

Postby germanpoco » Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:08 am

Tom Petty R.I.P.
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Re: Tom Petty 1950-2017

Postby marc » Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:54 am

My favorite program on XM is his "Buried Treasure" program. A really good combination of Petty's unusual sense of humor and really interesting music choices.

From the Heartbrakers to Mudcrutch to the Travelling Wilburys to his solo work, Petty always made good solid rock. 66 is way to young!

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Re: Tom Petty 1950-2017

Postby Diederik1 » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:16 am

I am sad. Tom Petty was one of my heroes, together with Rusty and Paul. His album Damn The Torpedoes is one of the best ever. In my top 5 ever, together with four albums from Poco.
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Re: Tom Petty 1950-2017

Postby mcdtj » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:46 am

He wrapped up what he said might be his last tour a few weeks ago because touring had grown wearisome and he wanted to spend more time with his 4 year old granddaughter.

Spend less time with work, more time with family...these are plans so many of us have put into place at age 66. So sorry your plan didn't work out as you wanted, Tom. RIP.
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Re: Tom Petty 1950-2017

Postby marc » Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:37 am

After I added my post above I went downstairs for my morning workout, plugged in my iPod turned on the Burried Treasure channel on XM and the first song that he played was “You Better Think Twice.”

Coincidence? Maybe.

Thanks Tom, rest easy.
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Re: Tom Petty 1950-2017

Postby bigpocofan » Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:02 pm

Glad I finally went to see him a couple of years back at the Garden State Arts Center (or whatever it's called)...fun, solid show, good time had by all....been trying to do more of those "bucket list" types of shows given the all powerful forces of time.
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Re: Tom Petty 1950-2017

Postby StevenT » Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:38 pm

One interesting connection between Tom Petty and Poco was their respective relationships with MCA Records in the late 1970s and early 1980s -- the good and the not-always-so-good thereof.
Some great songwriting and recording around that time!
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Re: Tom Petty 1950-2017

Postby rusty » Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:39 pm

this hurts
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Re: Tom Petty 1950-2017

Postby Jiff » Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:27 pm

This is a tough one.  One of my favorite singer-writers. He died one week after the last date of his 40th anniversary tour, a concert at the Hollywood Bowl filled with many "thank yous" from Petty and his fans.   Petty said that it was probably his last big tour.

Along with Paul McCartney and Neil Young, he was one of my three favorite singer-writers.  He was a master rock, pop, blues, country writer with catchy melodies, rhythms and lyrics filled with interesting characters, situations and emotions.  He said it was "mystical" how the songs came to him.  It didn't hurt that he had The Heartbreakers, especially Mike Campbell adding worthy licks, riffs and solos to take his songs to an even higher level. 

I was introduced to his music by a friend that had the Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers' debut untitled album with Breakdown and American Girl:
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Placing it on his turntable, he told me, "this band is great.  They're going to be big".  He was so right, and I liked it but had my doubts.  I was wrong to doubt that.  I got several of his ensuing albums, but he didn't rise to the top of my likings until his Jeff Lynne produced albums:  Into The Great Wide Open, Full Moon Fever and Wildflowers, with their breezier more acoustic sounds.  I like everything he did:  All the albums, right on through his last one, his only number one, Hypnotic Eyes in 2014, his videos, The Travelling Wilburys, Super Bowl halftime 2008, reformed Mudcrutch, Lucky on King Of The Hill, and challenging DJs and the rest of the music industry.

 I only saw The Heartbreakers' terrific show three times:  1989 at The Coliseum with The Replacements.  1994 at the Gorge with The Jayhawks.  2002 at the Tacoma Dome with Jackson Browne.   I guess I should have gone to his show at Safeco Field in August.  How many bands are worthy of playing there?

The last two songs performed by Tom Petty.  You Wreck Me and American Girl - Sep 25, 2017:
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He looks like he's tired, resting on the piano and mic stand.  Maybe it's just his hip bothering him.
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