Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers bassist Ron Blair turns 64 on Sept. 16. He joined the Heartbreakers in 1976, and played on their first four albums, through the early successes of 'American Girl' and 'Breakdown.'
One of Los Angeles' most famous studios is the subject of a documentary directed and produced by Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters. 'Sound City' will tell the distinguished history of the studio with some help from some classic rockers who made some of their most famous works there.
Tom Petty and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder have been following each other around Europe, so they decided to team up on Sunday night in Amsterdam. After headlining separate sets at the isle of Wight Festival, the pair ended up on the same stage and sang two Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers hits together.
It's been quite the week for Tom Petty, who has been taking advantage of the opportunities provided in the U.K. After teaming with Steve Winwood in London earlier last week, Petty played his first ever U.K. festival headlining gig at the Isle of Wight Festival on Friday.
There's nothing better at a concert than hearing the lead singer say something like, "We'd like to bring out a special guest to help us out tonight." You can feel the excitement in the venue as the crowd tries to figure out who will appear from the wings, knowing that you're getting something special and unique.
Let's say you're listening to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 1982 hit, 'You Got Lucky.' Great song, you're thinking, but those synthesizers don't sound as cool now as they did 30 years ago. Well, if that's how you feel, you're in luck. The Gaslight Anthem have released a cover of the song as a B-side to their new single, '45.'
If there's one rocker who can relate to how Amare Stoudemire feels right about now, it's Tom Petty. The basketball star injured himself by smashing his hand against a glass door holding a fire extinguisher in frustration following a playoff loss Monday night (April 30), echoing a similar incident from Petty's past.
In recent years, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, or simply, JazzFest, has grown beyond its roots as the nation's premier showcase for the city's unique contributions to American music. While it still features plenty of jazz, blues, Cajun, soul, gospel and funk, the festival now brings in some of the biggest names in classic rock as headliners. The first weekend saw the Beach Boys, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band close out each day's musical festivities.
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