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.
Watch Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit Cover 'I Won't Back Down'
Charity song benefitting Afghan girls also includes Blake Shelton and Matt Sorum.
40 Years Ago: ELO Prompts Tom Petty's 'Change of Heart'
Jeff Lynne track from more than a decade earlier served as a key influence on this No. 21 hit.
Win a Signed Tom Petty 'Live at the Fillmore 1997' Vinyl Box Set
Autographs will include Heartbreakers Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Scott Thurston and Steve Ferrone.
Watch New Unseen Clips of Tom Petty's Fillmore Residency
Twelve-minute video also shows members discussing iconic 1997 concerts.
Why Tom Petty Was Grateful for Role in 'The Postman'
The film may have flopped, but this part helped him out of a lost period.
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.