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  • Highway Companion #1

    Lug 24 2006, 17:33

    Tom Petty's new album is the #1 best seller on amazon.com and has not even been realeased yet. Look for it in stores tomorrow, and look for a full review on here in the next few days.
  • Tweeter and the Monkey Man Video

    Lug 3 2006, 3:33

    Here's a link to a cool animated video for the Traveling Wilburys song, "Tweeter and the Monkey Man":

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3izWCas7-iI&search=traveling%20wilburys

    I always liked the song. If you've never heard it before, you'll realize immediately that it's sung by Bob Dylan. It reminds me of Hurricane because the whole song is a story. The supporting vocals are done by the rest of the band: Tom Petty, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison.

    My only question is, How can the monkey man not know she's a dude??
  • Petty won't sue Chili Peppers

    Giu 30 2006, 22:33

    As reported here:
    http://www.therockradio.com/2006/06/red-hot-chili-peppers-not-in-trouble.html

    Tom Petty will not sue the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the similarities between Dani California and Mary Jane's Last Dance.

    In his usually chill manner Petty stated, "If someone took my song note for note and stole it maliciously, then maybe. But I don't believe in lawsuits much. I think there are enough frivolous lawsuits in this country without people fighting over pop songs."

    This is what I assumed would happen from the start. The song has some very tell tail signs in it, but I doubt the Chili Peppers sat down and said, 'We better copy a hit song thats more than ten years old.' They have enough hits of thier own.

    If anything, I look at it as a compliment to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. It shows that Petty's style stands the test of time.

    One thing that I did not like was the quote from Flea: "Of course, we rip off people all the time. I mean, no good artist doesn't. I mean, that's what art is for, to rip each other off. It's what you rip off and how you interpret what you rip off and in what context you rip it off." In my opinion this sounds really bad to say that you 'rip off' all your songs.

    Not knowing the full context of the statement, I assume that he just choose the wrong words. I think all his statement means is that, just like any artists, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are influenced by many bands and styles of music and build upon what they enjoy to make thier own unique sound. I think he should have avioded "rip off" and sounded much better. Only because of the hugely negative perception of that phrase.

    Anyway, in this case, no harm, no foul.



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  • New Concert Review

    Giu 28 2006, 5:02

    I've been busy lately and haven't written anything original for a while, so I'll leave you with this cut-and-paste job from David Shultz at http://www.earvolution.com.

    And if you're a fan of Tom Petty, join the Zombie Zoo:
    http://www.last.fm/group/Tom%2BPetty%2B%2526%2BThe%2BHeartbreakers%2BZombie%2BZoo

    "Tuesday, June 27, 2006
    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Celebrate Their Pearl Anniversary
    By: David Schultz

    When compiling a shortlist of the greatest rock bands of the last thirty years, it's quite likely that Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers wouldn't make the cut. However, next time a classic Petty song comes on the radio; take note: not only will you probably sing along, you'll know all the words.

    To celebrate their thirtieth anniversary and the impending release of Petty's latest solo album, Highway Companion, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are taking their enduring brand of stoner southern rock on the road. This past week, Petty & The Heartbreakers came to Madison Square Garden for their first New York City appearance in three years. Cherry picking from three decades of hits, the Manhattan crowd continuously sang along with Petty while he ran through a set list that, even in the absence of beloved tunes like "The Waiting" and "Breakdown," didn't suffer for recognizable classics.

    Fresh off of their co-headlining stint at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Petty played under a set of video screens that provided distracting close-ups of the band throughout the night. Given the relatively good sightlines in the Garden, they were unnecessary; only serving to provoke discussion as to whether the 55-year-old Petty once portrayed Kelly Leak in The Bad News Bears. After opening with the early-era "Listen To Her Heart," the band went right into "You Don't Know How It Feels," marking their first but hardly last foray into Petty's stellar solo material. While egotistic on the surface, the Heartbreakers contributed significantly to Petty's individually-titled efforts, making their inclusion into the show quite appropriate. Petty's 1989 solo album Full Moon Fever received the most attention; the crowd drowning out Petty's voice on the choruses of "Free Fallin'" and "I Won't Back Down" and doing a little hippie headbanging to "Runnin' Down A Dream." In addition to the smoothly rendered reading of "You Don't Know It Feels," they went back to Wildflowers for the encore, an energetic version of "You Wreck Me" that far exceeded its studio counterpart.

    Petty spent a portion of the show reclaiming old songs and old melodies: offering a twangy version of the Traveling Wilburys' "Handle With Care," recently covered by Jenny Lewis, Conor Oberst and others, as well as a scorching rendition of "Mary Jane's Last Dance," in which he laid ownership to the guitar line allegedly purloined by Red Hot Chili Peppers for "Dani, California." However, if Petty is truly upset over the similarities between his 1981 hit and the Red Hot's new single, he should perhaps take a look in the proverbial mirror to see if he's a pot calling the Peppers' kettle black; Petty's new single "Saving Grace," seems to borrow just as heavily from John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom."

    Perhaps influenced by his recent time at this year's Bonnaroo, Petty sought the crowd's approval to "jam a little bit" in their encore. While they didn't take that moment to experiment with interminable noodling, Petty & The Heartbreakers zipped through a medley-type jam that borrowed as much from the Isley Brothers' "Shout" as it did from Them's "Mystic Eyes." Always eclectic with their covers, Petty nodded to the band's influences earlier in the show; putting down his guitar in favor of a tambourine and maracas while the Heartbreakers quickly ran through The Yardbirds' "I'm A Man" and pre-Stevie Nicks Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well."

    Often overshadowed by Petty's subtle superstar status, The Heartbreakers remain an exceptionally tight band, responsible for some of the more subtly ubiquitous songs of a generation. From within his cube of keyboards, Benmont Tench had chances to solo, excelling on the greasy bridge of "Refugee." More than Petty's equal on the guitar, Mike Campbell ceded the center stage guitar theatrics to Petty, throwing off his guitar riffs with modest aplomb. Petty's rhythm section, made up of original Heartbreaker Ron Blair, who returned to the band after a lengthy absence on The Last DJ, and Steve Ferrone, formerly of the Average White Band, toiled admirably in relative anonymity. Likewise, Scott Thurston offered additional guitar, keyboards and the occasional harmonica solo in yeoman fashion.

    As she has for the early shows in the tour, Stevie Nicks, the band's "little sister," joined Petty & The Heartbreakers for a reprise of their 1981 hit "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," and took lead on Petty's own "I Need To Know." Wearing a new outfit, Nicks returned a couple songs longer to duet with Petty on a quiet version of the introspective "Insider." Once the ruling earth-mother of seventies rock and roll, Nicks, who thankfully no longer looks like she possesses her own gravitational field, seemed content with a supporting role, singing background far to the right of the stage, spreading her arms wide while providing her distinctive harmony to "Learning To Fly."

    Nicks wasn't the only notable name appearing with Petty at the Garden this evening. While fronting Phish, Trey Anastasio used to headline Madison Square Garden regularly; as a solo act, he’s become an illustrious opening act, returning to MSG for the first time since joining The Black Crowes for a memorable New Year's Eve show. Focusing his one hour set on newer songs, Anastasio offered solo faves like "Night Speaks To A Woman" and "Come As Melody" before concluding with a groove-heavy rendition of "First Tube." The fact that Anastasio didn't come back to join Petty & The Heartbreakers during their set might be the only disappointment of his Garden appearance.

    Petty & The Heartbreakers have a catalogue broad enough to offer a different show each night. However, the set lists for the early shows have remained substantially similar. Fittingly for a show dedicated to their length career, Petty & The Heartbreakers have been finishing each show with their first true success, the arena anthem "American Girl." While the boys from Gainesville, Florida have had bigger hits, "American Girl" remains the song that tears the house down; the sinuous opening chords drawing raucous shrieks from all the American girls in attendance. Petty's traveling roadshow continues on throughout the summer. While Anastasio occupies himself with his own mini-tour with Phish bassist Mike Gordon and the Benevento Russo Duo for a highly anticipated slate of shows with Phil Lesh & Friends, Pearl Jam and The Allman Brothers Band should provide suitable alternatives in the supporting slot."
  • Live stream of Bonnaroo

    Giu 16 2006, 19:05

    The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is a three-day multi-stage camping festival held on a beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, TN each June.

    June 16th-18th there will be live streaming video of the concert on the web site. It's going on right this minute! FREE

    http://blueroom.att.com/events/bonnaroo.php
    Straight to the music: http://blueroom.att.com/event_mediaplayer/player.php?id=#vtop



    Schedule (all times are Central Standard)
    12:30 PM World Party
    01:00 PM Andrew Bird
    02:00 PM Ben Folds
    03:00 PM Steel Pulse
    04:30 PM Devendra Banhart
    05:30 PM Oysterhead
    07:30 PM Bright Eyes
    08:30 PM Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers


    Saturday June 17th, Lineup

    12:30 PM Neville Brothers
    02:00 PM Buddy Guy
    03:15 PM Dungen
    04:00 PM Gomez
    05:30 PM Elvis Costello and The Imposters
    07:00 PM Damian Marley
    08:30 PM My Morning Jacket


    Sunday June 18th Lineup

    12:30 PM Brothers Past
    01:30 PM Les Claypool
    03:00 PM The Codetalkers
    04:00 PM Matisyahu
    05:30 PM moe.
    07:00 PM Bela Fleck & the Flecktones
    08:30 PM Phil Lesh
    10:30 PM Very Special Guest

    Join the new Tom Petty group: http://www.last.fm/group/Tom%2BPetty%2B%2526%2BThe%2BHeartbreakers%2BZombie%2BZoo

    Also see previously recorded live performances by these groups in the AT&T Blueroom (the menu to the left of the screen).

    Elvis Costello
    Toussaint
    Danielle Bollinger
    The Wreckers
    Less Than Jake
    The Raconteurs
    Jewel
    Chris Isaak
    Bo Bice
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Trace Adkins
    Goo Goo Dolls
    Taking Back Sunday
    The Fiery Furnaces
    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  • New single "Saving Grace" is streamable!

    Giu 14 2006, 23:24

    Tom Petty
    Saving Grace

    On the front page:

    http://www.tompetty.com/

    I like it. I hope it gets radio play. It seems very radio friendly for modern rock stations.

    Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
  • New Tom Petty Album in July, More Tour Dates To Be Announced This Week

    Giu 14 2006, 19:34

    On Blogcritics.org, DJRadiohead writes:

    "Tom Petty, according to his website, will release his third solo album, Highway Companion on July 25 through Warner Brothers/ American recordings. "Saving Grace" is slated to be the first single. A full tracklisting has not yet been unveiled.

    The site is also announcing the third leg of Petty's Highway Companion tour will be announced later this week. The tour is already underway. He has been mixing in a few songs from the upcoming release as well as plenty of his classics and a few surprises.

    One of those surprises is "Handle With Care," a song he co-wrote and performed as part of the Traveling Wilburys. According to the book Conversations With Tom Petty, a book that compiles a series of interviews with the singer, Petty rarely played Wilburys songs for many years.

    Petty performed the song at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when fellow Wilbury George Harrison was posthumously inducted. He also played it at the request of the ex-Beatle's widow at "The Concert for George," an all-star tribute to the music legend. Another Wilbury, Bob Dylan, has announced his album will hit stores in August. Let us all hope this leads to the re-releasing of the long out-of-print Traveling Wilburys' albums.

    It is interesting that Petty's new album will be released on American Recordings. American Recordings is the label helmed by producer Rick Rubin. Rubin is a central figure in a brewing controversy involving accusations the Red Hot Chili Peppers have plagiarized a Petty song.

    Rubin has produced two of Petty's albums (Wildflowers and Echo) as well as his hit single, Mary Jane's Last Dance (included on Greatest Hits). Rubin has also produced several RHCP albums including their most recent, Stadium Arcadium, which features the new single "Dani California." Petty, the Chili Peppers, and Rubin have all stayed out of the controversy which was started by a Delaware DJ although there are Internet rumors (and we all know how reliable those can be) Petty is considering a lawsuit.

    It is also interesting this new album is a solo album as this year marks the 30th Anniversary of his debut album with his band, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Highway Companion is produced by ex-ELO/Traveling Wilbury Jeff Lynne. Lynne produced Petty's first solo album, Full Moon Fever as well as the last Heartbreakers' album to feature original drummer Stan Lynch, Into the Great Wide Open.

    Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002."

    http://blogcritics.org/archives/2006/06/14/135127.php

    I've read only good things from the few critics that have heard songs from Highway Companion in advance.

    Considering that Wildflowers, Full Moon Fever, and Into the Great Wide Open are easily in the top 5 of best Petty albums, I have great expectations for this new album.

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    http://www.last.fm/group/Tom%2BPetty%2B%2526%2BThe%2BHeartbreakers%2BZombie%2BZoo
  • Tom Petty's Charlotte Setlist 06/09/06

    Giu 10 2006, 16:04

    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers kicked off thier summer "Highway Companions" tour last night in Charlotte, NC.

    Trey Anastasio, formerly the lead singer of Phish opened for the band. Tom Petty was joined on stage by
    Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac fame.

    Below is the setlist from his time on stage. It is acurate to the best of my knowledge.

    Listen to Her Heart
    You Don't Know How It Feels
    I Won't Back Down
    Free Fallin'
    Tom Petty - Saving Grace [NEW]
    Mary Jane's Last Dance
    I'm A Man
    Oh Well
    Handle With Care
    Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
    I Need to Know
    Tom Petty - Melinda [NEW]
    Square One
    Insider
    Learning to Fly
    Don't Come Around Here No More
    Refugee
    Runnin' Down A Dream
    ------------------------------------------
    You Wreck Me
    Gloria
    American Girl

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  • Dani California is Mary Jane in a bad disguise?

    Giu 5 2006, 15:20

    The Red Hot Chilli Peppers have been accused of plagiarism on thier new album. Dani California is more than similar to a hit from 1993; Mary Jane's Last Dance.

    As first pointed out in mass media by DJ DeeJay Dan Gaffney, the song shares several "key aspects" including "...the chord progression, the melody, the tempo, the key, the lyrical theme...they're identical."

    It has yet to be anounced if Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers intend to sue the Chilli Peppers for this song. I am not sure of Tom Petty's stance on plagerism in music. I would not be surprise if this was handled in some back room, maybe just over an appology and properly crediting Tom Petty on the song.

    Tom Petty's rep Heidi Robinson offered only this "I am well aware of this situation. (The two songs) certainly do sound similar, don't they?"

    "I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."

    She adds, "Tom doesn't have a comment on this at all. I have no idea if he is going to sue the Chili Peppers, and am not prepared to make a comment on that."

    If you'd like to hear what all the fuss is about, follow this link to download a clip of a radio station discussing the songs and even playing them over one another:

    http://www.wgmd.com/SOUNDS/FEATURES/051706-petty.mp3

    As for the lyrical content, it does not bode well that the Tom Petty song is about a girl who grows up in the south whos parents aren't around and becomes a prostitute because of it. While the Chilli Peppers song is about a girl who grows up in the south poor, and becomes crimminal because of it.

    You decide.

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  • Tom Petty - Highway Companion Tour Dates

    Giu 2 2006, 19:44

    Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are set to tour for a second summer in a row, this time with a new CD set to be released sometime in early summer.

    Two legs of the Tom Petty tour have confirmed dates and opening acts. There is a third leg of the tour for late Aug. and early Sep., but I have no idea where Petty is going to be or who will be there with him.

    June 9 - Charlotte, NC - (w / Trey Anastasio) (+ Stevie Nicks)
    June 10 - Bristow, VA - (w / Trey Anastasio) (+ Stevie Nicks)
    June 12 - Portsmouth, VA - (w / Trey Anastasio) (+ Stevie Nicks)
    June 14 - Columbus, OH - (w / Trey Anastasio) (+ Stevie Nicks)
    June 16 - Manchester, TN - (+ Stevie Nicks)
    June 17 - St. Louis, MO - (w / Trey Anastasio) (+ Stevie Nicks)
    June 20 - New York, NY - (w / Trey Anastasio) (+ Stevie Nicks)
    June 21 - Mansfield, MA - (w / Trey Anastasio) (+ Stevie Nicks)
    June 23 - Indianapolis, IN - (w / Trey Anastasio)
    June 26 - St. Paul, MN - (w / Pearl Jam)
    June 27 - St. Paul, MN - (w / Pearl Jam)
    June 29 - Milwaukee, WI - (Summerfest) (w / Pearl Jam)
    June 30 - Milwaukee, WI - (Summerfest) (w / Pearl Jam)
    July 2 - Denver, CO - (w / Pearl Jam)
    July 3 - Denver, CO - (w / Pearl Jam)

    [Break]

    July 29 - Portland, OR - (w / Trey Anastasio)
    July 30 - Seattle, WA - (w / Trey Anastasio)
    Aug. 1 - Spokane, WA - (w / Trey Anastasio)
    Aug. 4 - Dallas, TX - (w / Trey Anastasio)
    Aug. 5 - Houston, TX - (w / Trey Anastasio)
    Aug. 8 - Detroit, MI - (w/ Trey Anastasio)
    Aug. 9 - Sturgis, SD - Rock'n The Rally
    Aug. 12 - Hartford, CT - (w / Allman Brothers Band)
    Aug. 13 - Saratoga Springs, NY - (w / Allman Brothers Band)
    Aug. 15 - Darien Center, NY - (w / Allman Brothers Band)
    Aug. 16 - Burgettstown, PA - (w / Allman Brothers Band)
    Aug. 18 - Camden, NJ - (w / Allman Brothers Band)

    [Break]

    10-12? more concerts??