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.
30 Years Ago: Tom Petty Mends Fences on 'Great Wide Open' Tour
An ornate stage design served as the Heartbreakers' backdrop.
How Heartbreakers’ Benmont Tench Survived Tom Petty’s Death
Keyboardist admits birth of his daughter two months after bandmate died wasn’t the “circle-of-life lesson that I wanted.”
Watch Lyric Video for Tom Petty’s New ‘105 Degrees’
Track appears on ‘Angel Dream,’ a remake of ‘She’s the One’ soundtrack.
10 Facts About Tom Petty's 'Into the Great Wide Open' Album
LP followed frontman's first solo project.
The Day Tom Petty, Alice Cooper and the Allmans Issued Key LPs
Artists were all at distinctive – yet very different – points in their careers.
When Tom Petty Picked a Fight on Last Episode of 'Larry Sanders'
'The Larry Sanders Show' went out with a few thrown fists 23 years ago.
Watch Ann Wilson Cover Led Zeppelin and Tom Petty with Gov’t Mule
Heart singer joined the Southern jam band during their recent performance in New Haven, Ct.
Listen to Tom Petty’s ‘Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions)
Songwriter's 16-track album was part of 2020 super deluxe edition box set.