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.
Joe Walsh, Blake Shelton Cover Tom Petty’s 'I Won’t Back Down'
Track also features former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum and Eagles’ Timothy B. Schmit.
Win a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 'Fillmore' Vinyl Box Set
Six-LP set features material recorded during band's famed 1997 residency in San Francisco.
The Stories Behind the 36 Songs Tom Petty Covers on 'Fillmore' LP
Live box set finds the Heartbreakers covering the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Bill Withers and more.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Live at the Fillmore: Review
Twenty shows from San Francisco run are distilled and boxed up on four gem-stuffed CDs.
Hear Tom Petty Cover 'Call Me the Breeze' at 1997 Fillmore Show
Take on JJ Cale classic appears on box set that arrives on Nov. 25.
How Tom Petty Embraced the Future With 'You Got Lucky'
'Long After Dark' single with the Heartbreakers looked forward at the dawn of MTV.
Watch Never-Before-Seen Clip of Tom Petty at the Fillmore in 1997
Footage arrives ahead of new box set featuring music from celebrated 20-night residency.
Tom Petty's 1997 Fillmore Residency Gets Box Set Treatment
Famed 20-date run with Heartbreakers included several cover songs and many guest appearances.
Odd Couples: How Dave Stewart Helped Tom Petty Tackle the '80s
His deep Southern roots made for an interesting combination with Eurythmics cofounder's English panache.