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.
Tom Petty's Heartbreakers Have Discussed Reunion Possibility
Drummer Steve Ferrone says the band thought final tour should have been postponed.
Eddie Vedder, Stevie Nicks to Guest at Virtual Tom Petty Festival
Foo Fighters and Jackson Browne also booked for event, marking what would have been late rocker's 70th birthday.
Tom Petty, 'Wildflowers and All the Rest': Album Review
Solo LP from 1994 is expanded with outtakes, home recordings and a live disc, enriching an already rewarding record.
Hear Tom Petty's Previously Unreleased 'Leave Virginia Alone'
Track was originally intended for the 'Wildflowers' album but eventually given to Rod Stewart.
Rod Stewart Covered Tom Petty, but He Wasn't Really a Fan
His update of a 'Wildflowers'-era leftover reached the Top 10 on the adult-contemporary chart in 1995.
Listen to Previously Unreleased Tom Petty Song 'Confusion Wheel'
Track will be featured on the upcoming 'Wildflowers & All the Rest' box set.
How Tom Petty Returned Home for 'Into the Great Wide Open'
After a successful solo album wrapped up the '80s, he got back together with the Heartbreakers for the new decade.
A Look at Key Extras From Tom Petty's Upcoming 'All the Rest'
Family and close musical collaborators have finally fulfilled his expanded vision for 'Wildflowers' – and then some.
Hear Tom Petty's Stark Solo 'Wildflowers' Demo From Box Set
Acoustic home recording previews long-awaited 'Wildflowers & All the Rest' package.