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Tom Petty

Tom Petty, along with his band the Heartbreakers, played heartland rock like few others during an era when guys like Bob Seger and Bruce Springsteen made busted cars, crunchy guitars and lost dreams cool. Inspired as much by the Byrds’ jingle jangle as he was three-chord, garage-rock stomp, Petty wrote music that was more jagged than most of his heartland-rock peers’. He finally found some footing on his classic third album, 1979’s ‘Damn the Torpedoes,’ a masterwork of pop songcraft and sneering rock. With longtime guitarist and collaborator Mike Campbell, Petty has made a series of albums since then that explore everything from psychedelia and hippie idealism to crumbling relationships and late-period priorities. He even formed the Traveling Wilburys supergroup with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison to pay tribute to rock’s past. His best records are that timeless.

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Kevork Djansezian / Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Tom Petty Remembers Meeting George Harrison and Ringo Starr

While receiving MusiCares Person of the Year Award, Tom Petty remembered getting a lesson in paying your dues when he met a pair of former Beatles.

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Theo Wargo / Jerod Harris / Taylor Hill, Getty Images

Full Lineup for Mountain Jam 2017 Announced: Tom Petty, Steve Miller Band and String Cheese Incident to Headline

Mountain Jam has announced its complete lineup that will be performing June 16-18 at Hunter Mountain in Hunter, N.Y.

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Jerod Harris, Getty Images

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Add More Summer Tour Dates

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' big 40th anniversary tour just got a little bit bigger.

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Tom Petty Says His Next Tour May Be the ‘Last Big One’

Tom Petty says the Heartbreakers may slow down after next year's 40th anniversary tour ends.

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Jerod Harris / Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Tom Petty Plans Huge Anniversary Tour; Joe Walsh to Play Most Dates

Tom Petty has confirmed dates from April through July 2017 as he celebrates 40 years with the Heartbreakers – and there's more to come.

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Theo Wargo / Alberto E. Rodriguez / Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Tom Petty, Steve Miller and Peter Frampton Announced for 2017 Mountain Jam

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton will top the bill at the 2017 Mountain Jam Festival.

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40 Years Ago: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Release Their Debut Album

If you know anything about rock bands, you know the story about how most groups come to make their first album.

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Kevin Winter / Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Foo Fighters Will Return to Honor Tom Petty in All-Star MusiCares Concert

The Foo Fighters went inactive in November 2015, but there have been signs that they might be ready for a return.

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Jerod Harris, Getty Images

Tom Petty to Release Entire Catalog in Two Vinyl Box Sets

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their self-titled debut with a pair of companion vinyl box sets.

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Watch Kevin Bacon Perform the ‘Lost First Draft’ of Tom Petty’s ‘Free Fallin” on ‘The Tonight Show’

With "First Drafts of Rock" bit on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon offered up a comically inept "lost" early version of Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'."

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