You know what they're not going to need backstage at Bonnaroo next year? Shaving cream, because the heavily-bearded Tom Petty (and the Heartbreakers) and ZZ Top are among the acts reportedly set to headline the annual musical festival this coming June.
By 1982, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had already racked up an impressive string of hits that included such future classics as 'American Girl,' 'Refugee,' and 'The Waiting' -- but as they proved on their fifth album, 'Long After Dark,' they were just getting started.
Johnny Depp may have been the star, but Tom Petty's 'Into the Great Wide Open' featured a number of celebrities. Depp's girlfriend in the video was 'Burn Notice' actress Gabrielle Anwar, while his manager was none other than Faye Dunaway. The video also features singers Terence Trent D'Arby and Chynna Phillips and a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance from future 'Friends' star Matt LeBlanc at the tail end of the clip.
The music of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will be celebrated with live shows in the very near future. Petty Fest, part of the popular Best Fests series that has taken place over the past 10 years, will bring together members of a generation of musicians who grew up listening to Petty's extensive hit-filled catalog.
What rock star could survive the apocalypse? Tom Petty, of course. In the Kevin Costner 1997 box office dud 'The Postman,' Petty appears as the mayor of Bridge City, who apparently was someone famous in another life. This was what passed for humor in this highly criticized bomb.
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.
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