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.
There's a dark, evil creature shambling through the back catalogs of the greatest rock artists ever, and its name is "The Eighties."
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers kicked of their massive 2012 world tour last night (April 18) with the first of two shows in Broomfield, Colo., a suburb of Denver. The band burned through a 24-song set that included many of their most loved hits, as well of covers of songs by the Yardbirds and Petty's own Traveling Wilburys.
Finally, some good news in the world of classic rock. Five guitars belonging to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were recovered Tuesday (April 17). The instruments had been reported missing since Friday, when they were taken from the Culver City, Calif. soundstage where the band was rehearsing for its upcoming tour, which begins Wednesday night in Broomfield, Colo.