Benmont Tench, founding member and longtime keyboardist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, will turn 59 years old on Sept. 7.
His friendship with frontman Petty began at age 11, when the two met in a music store in Gainesville, Fla. He has played on every one of the group's albums since that
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.
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.