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11Jun/130

Good Listening: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers in Los Angeles, June ’13

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When it comes to live stuff from Tom Petty, there's certainly a good amount of officially available material to choose from. The Live Anthology in particular should be at the top of your list if you don't own it, both for value and because of what's on it.

Going further back, the Pack Up The Plantation live release is one of my personal favorites, crying out for both an expanded edition and an official DVD/Blu-ray release of the companion live video. That's a legacy edition that I'd buy for sure.

But you know what else would be great? An official bootleg series from Mr. Petty. Imagine the possibilities....finally being able to get your hands on some of the really cool shows that they've done, like the '97 run at the Fillmore. Mudcrutch club shows? You name it, we'd buy it.

It would be a nice outlet for purchasing the current stretch of special shows that Petty & the Heartbreakers have been playing. Starting at the Beacon in NYC and zagging over to Los Angeles for the in-progress set of gigs at the Fonda Theatre (which will wrap up tonight), the focus has been on the deeper side of Petty's catalog.

That brings us around to this particular audio snapshot, recorded on June 3rd at the Fonda.

After opening with a relatively safe double shot of "So You Want To Be A Rock 'n Roll Star" and (the always welcome) "Love Is A Long Road" Petty took a moment to greet the Los Angeles crowd and set up the night, telling them "you know, we're doing mostly album tracks tonight." Finishing off the opening moments with a rendition of the tried and true Full Moon Fever favorite "I Won't Back Down," Petty would stick to his word for the majority of the set, pulling out a selection of lesser heard cuts, including "Fooled Again (I Don't Like It)," "To Find A Friend" from Wildflowers and a freshly reworked version of "Rebels."

Petty continues to remember the Wilburys side of his career, choosing Dylan's "Tweeter & The Monkey Man" as his Wilbury cut to dust off for this year's tour. The mere mention of the Echo album (released in '99) brought cheers from the audience, which led Petty to quip "we've got the hardcore here tonight, don't we?"  He explained the relative absence of Echo album tracks from previous setlists saying that "I've made a lot of trips to the psychiatrist's couch talking about why we don't play anything from Echo very much." (For the unfamiliar, Petty was going through a divorce at the time that the album was made and reportedly, he avoids material from that album and time period for that reason, because of the painful memories associated with the material.) Hearing "Billy The Kid" from that album is a quick reminder of how underrated that Echo album is and it's good to see that Petty has perhaps been able to move past the hard memories previously associated with the songs on that release.

Clocking in at about two hours, the Fonda gig exposes that even when you spend that length of time exploring a good portion of the deep cuts that are in the Petty catalog, there are still so many more that you can think of that weren't played. Some of them, like "Two Gunslingers" from Into The Great Wide Open, for example, have surfaced in the setlists of the other shows.

It seems like the regular tour dates will play things a bit more safe, focusing on the "hits" that the arena and shed crowds have come to expect, but with Petty, it's a strong bet that some of the rarities currently being aired in the smaller venue shows will find their way into the regular setlists. As a bonus, for a handful of dates this summer, Petty & The Heartbreakers will be joined by longtime ATV faves The Smithereens, who have been handpicked to open a series of shows starting in Noblesville, Indiana this coming weekend.

This show is the perfect tuneup to get you ready for those summer shows from Petty & crew and as you'll hear, they're still going at it full throttle.

Anything that's rock and roll....

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Live at the Fonda Theatre
6/3/03

01 Intro
02 So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star
03 Love Is a Long Road
04 I Won't Back Down
05 Fooled Again (I Don't Like It)
06 Cabin Down Below
07 Good Enough
08 (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
09 A Woman in Love (It's Not Me)
10 Billy the Kid
11 -band intros-
12 Tweeter and the Monkey Man
13 Rebels
14 To Find a Friend
15 Angel Dream
16 Willin'
17 Melinda
18 I Should Have Known It
19 Rufugee
20 Runnin' Down a Dream

Encores:
21 You Wreck Me
22 American Girl

 

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4Feb/130

The Monday Morning Mix: Play It, Don’t You Wanna Hear What’s Next?

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For those of you who are still picking your jaws up off of the ground after the sudden appearance of a Monday Morning Mix last week, there’s good news -- here’s another one.

About two years ago (on December 7th, 2011, to give you an approximate date), I received a mix submission in the mail at my P.O. Box from a music-loving cat named Sean Weaver. Sean enclosed a cover letter to address some other blog-related items and at the end of that letter, he said “Additionally, I am including a contribution for your Monday Morning Mix, just because I can finally face it three years later and...it’s the best one I ever did :) ).

Walking out of the post office, I stuck the CD in my car stereo and instantly heard vinyl crackling, followed by the sweet sound of “Rebels” by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Leafing through the papers, I discovered a handwritten track listing, sketched out on notebook paper, a photocopy of which had been sent to me.

(Click on the graphic below for the full sized version.)

In the track listing, tunes from Petty (as mentioned), Jackson Browne, Fairport Convention, Woody Guthrie and Warren Zevon.

I jammed that sucker (the mix) out in the car as I drove around town over the next few days. I took the CD into the house to get it ready to post here.....and then I promptly misplaced the CD.

Sean and I traded communication (mostly on Twitter, I think) over the next few months and then we fell out of touch. To his credit, he never sent me an email or Tweet asking “why the $%&* haven’t you posted my mix yet?!!.” But I always felt bad about it. And about once every six months, I’d find the CD, put it aside in a safe place to post it at my next opportunity....and then lose it again.

So this time, on a snowy weekend evening in Cleveland, when I surfaced it in my music room while looking for something else (that remains missing), I decided to sit down and scratch out these notes and finally get this mix up for others to enjoy -- as it should be.

I think somewhere in all of this saga, I was planning to reach out to Sean to get some thoughts on each track to post along with this mix, but in the end, I think the mix stands pretty fine on its own -- there are no words necessary.

Just download it and listen....or burn a disc and take it in the car like I did. It’s a good trip.

(And by the way, if you want to send me a mix for a future Monday morning, you can do that via email, mail it to the address on the side of the blog, or hell, how about a Spotify playlist and some notes? I could be down for that.)

Thanks for your contribution, Sean -- sorry it took eight billion years to get this up here!

Download the mix now

Would you like to have your mix featured here on a future Monday? Well, there are several ways you can do that - send it to me as a download (via Yousendit, etc.) with song notes in an email sent to addictedtovinylATgmail.com, or create a Spotify playlist and send me song notes in an email. Or keep it analog and mail me a CD with your mix notes and contact information to the P.O. Box on the right sidebar of this website.

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6Dec/110

Tom Petty to headline Isle of Wight in 2012

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
will be the Friday night headliner next year at Isle of Wight on June 22nd. Considering that Bruce Springsteen and some bunch of guys that call themselves the E Street Band will also be there headlining on Sunday, June 24th, a trip to Isle of Wight is looking mighty attractive right about now.

I wonder if Brian can drive us there? (The tired Bonnaroo jokes live on....)

According to an official dispatch from Petty's email list, the Isle of Wight appearance is a big deal - it's the first major European concert for Petty and the Heartbreakers in 20 years!

It's certainly exciting news, because it indicates that we can definitely expect significant activity (and hopefully new music) from Petty next year.

Vinyl lovers - hopefully you got your hands on a copy of the wax-exclusive 'Kiss My Amps' live release that Petty released for Record Store Day's Black Friday a few weeks ago.

It's worth the purchase based on the title alone, right?

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25Feb/1131

Remembering George Harrison

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I spent quite a few random nights last year driving around listening to Live in Japan by George Harrison. The album itself has been in my collection in one form or another for years, but I don't think I ever really appreciated what a good collection of George's music it was until after that initial listen last year. Although it had been quite a while since I'd listened to it, I knew that I'd be listening to it a lot in the days to come. It was a celebratory return to the road for Harrison after a disastrous 1974 run that caused him to avoid touring again for nearly two decades.

After the release of the second Traveling Wilburys album, his longtime friend Eric Clapton would persuade him to tour once again, providing a band, companionship and support for the brief set of Japanese dates that would end up as his last tour. At the time, Live in Japan was a recording of a tour that I hadn't had the chance to see and perhaps if I was lucky, I'd eventually have the opportunity. But in the end, it became a historical treasure for an artist that didn't flood the world with an overload of endless live albums that one might take for granted. With only one official live release prior, Live in Japan is a priceless document of Harrison's later years. It exposes also how understated both Harrison and Clapton can be as players, communicating so effectively and yet very deliberately with only a few notes necessary to create many of the goosebump moments that occur throughout the show.

Whether it's revisiting a musical moment like this or discovering a random contribution such as his guitar solo on "Leave A Light On" by Belinda Carlisle, Harrison's talents continue to make an impact on me as a music fan. I don't think I'm alone in saying that Harrison's love for the ukelele made me want to learn how to play one the first time I heard him play. Watching all of his musical friends pay tribute to his legacy during the Concert for George event left no questions as to how big of an impact he'd made on the world as an artist.

Music fans worldwide can celebrate Harrison's birthday today by watching Concert For George, which is streaming for free for 24 hours today at GeorgeHarrison.com, an event that will be followed by the release of the film on Blu-ray and digital download for the first time ever on March 22nd.  Clapton served as the musical director for the tribute to his old friend while another longtime comrade and bandmate, Jeff Lynne, handled audio production duties for the release.

One of my favorite moments of the night was the version of "Handle with Care" by fellow Wilbury Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which brought things full circle for me, since it was one of the early Harrison-related songs that I loved as a music fan and one of my favorite music videos (remember when they played music videos?). Just in case you arrived after the period of music video's golden age, I'll embed it below for your viewing pleasure. If you've seen Tom do this one live, I think you'll agree that he does justice to all of the departed Wilbury members with his version.

Here's the track listing for the concert - head over to GeorgeHarrison.com to watch it now!

1. Your Eyes - Anoushka Shankar
2. The Inner Light - Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar
3. Arpan - Conducted by Anoushka Shankar
4. Sit On My Face – Monty Python
5. The Lumberjack Song – Monty Python with Tom Hanks
6. I Want To Tell You - Jeff Lynne
7. If I Needed Someone - Eric Clapton
8. Old Brown Shoe - Gary Brooker
9. Give Me Love - Jeff Lynne
10. Beware Of Darkness - Eric Clapton
11. Here Comes The Sun - Joe Brown
12. That’s The Way It Goes - Joe Brown
13. Horse To The Water – Sam Brown
14. Taxman - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
15. I Need You - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
16. Handle With Care - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison
17. Isn’t It A Pity - Billy Preston
18. Photograph - Ringo Starr
19. Honey Don’t - Ringo Starr
20. For You Blue - Paul McCartney
21. Something - Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
22. All Things Must Pass - Paul McCartney
23. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
24. My Sweet Lord - Billy Preston
25. Wah Wah - Eric Clapton & Band
26. I’ll See You In My Dreams - Joe Brown

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26Nov/106

Black (Vinyl) Friday

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So, did everybody have fun picking up one or more of the Record Store Day exclusive releases for Black Friday today? I hadn't planned to do much, but then I remembered that there was an exclusive release from U2, an exclusive 7" from Tom Petty and oh yeah, an exclusive 7" from that Bruce Springsteen guy.

Well, the U2 ended up being a hotter item than I would have expected.  Shut out. Still looking for one.  HELP?

An early call on my cell phone brought me vinyl pal Stacy to let me know that she had a copy of the Bruce in her hands...and did I want it?  Yes indeed. Score!

As for my own pickups, I grabbed the exclusive 7" release from the Gaslight Anthem for Brian and a copy of the Tom Petty 7" (which means that I now have a copy of "Surrender" for the jukebox if I ever get around to getting one).  The Petty is a numbered limited edition and the copy that I got is #9 in the series.  Awesome!

My personal score of the day had nothing to do with vinyl and instead, it was a used copy of Fresh Out Of Georgia Live Like A Satellite, the import only live DVD (PAL format) from Dan Baird & Homemade Sin.  8 bucks.  Sweet!  (Huge amounts of credit go to Kevin for hooking me up with a CD copy of the same show a year or so ago.)

I'd love to pull the trigger on a copy of the new All Things Must Pass vinyl reissue but I wasn't feeling like making a $50 impulse purchase today.  Yep, I was good for once instead of bad. It happens every now and then.

I love these exclusive releases and although occasionally I feel like some of them could be priced a bit more reasonably, the end result is good: People are buying music instead of stealing it bringing some much needed support to both indie record stores and the record industry.  And we all end up with something new and cool to listen to that we didn't have before.  That's alright with me.

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7Jun/101

Classic Albums: Tom Petty “Damn The Torpedoes”

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Mark your calendars for this one, which will be out August 3rd via Eagle Rock Entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray.  It's fantastic.  But then again, how could it not be awesome, watching Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench and Jimmy Iovine in the studio, breaking down multi-tracks of the songs that you love into the individual parts?

Here's a nice preview for ya.....and if you want to geek out a bit more, they're discussing the UK release (which came out earlier this year) here.

P.S. - bringing things back to the present, you can now stream the new Petty album Mojo in its entirety, here.

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6Jun/1010

Setlist Spoilers: Tom Petty & Sting

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As the title implies, there are setlist "spoilers" below for two upcoming/current summer tours, so if you want things to remain a surprise, you should turn back now.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers opened their tour on Tuesday night at the legendary Red Rocks in Denver,  a two night stand for Petty and crew, who are out touring in support of their new studio album Mojo, which hits stores in about a week (and like The Live Anthology, it will also be available in hi-res Blu-ray).  Petty's embracing the blues hard on this album, and I was expecting the setlist to be heavy on the new album.  The good news is that if you're hoping for the hits, the early setlists from this tour seem to be a healthy mix of both, and the best news - Petty is tinkering with the setlist on a nightly basis, something that hopefully will continue throughout the tour.  I'm really happy to see "Kings Highway" (from Into The Great Wide Open) opening up the set, and there are some other nuggets too, like "Driving Down To Georgia," which makes an appearance mid-set.

No "American Girl?"  It made an appearance on the second night at Red Rocks, with "Listen To Your Heart," another familiar favorite, joining the set as well.  The opening night setlist seems a bit short at 18 songs (although they moved up to 21 songs by the time they hit Oakland on Thursday night), but keeping in mind that quite a few of these songs are longer (see: "You Wreck Me" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance"), the setlist should clock in at the standard length you'd expect for a Petty show.

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3Jun/100

Save some dough on your summertime concert fun courtesy of Live Nation

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With the rising cost of concert tickets, it's always refreshing to get word of a good deal that will actually put some dollars back into your wallet as a music fan.  And believe it or not, this has nothing to do with stealing music off of the internet!

I'm talking about Live Nation's recent announcement that they're waiving the service fees on concert ticket purchases for the entire month of June.

What does this mean for you?

This means that you've now got money for two more beers at that Tom Petty concert you're planning on attending.  It means that you can buy me two tickets to see Jackson Browne, and still have money left over to buy me that other thing that you've been thinking about.  I appreciate it.  Or perhaps you're planning to go see the Backstreet Boys - guess what?  You now have money to purchase materials to make your own costume, so that you can attend the show dressed as your favorite Backstreet Boy!

Isn't summer going to be awesome?

Click here for a list of participating artists and venues!

P.S. - I was serious about those Jackson Browne tickets.  Can we talk?

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6Apr/108

Oh My My, Oh HELL Yes!

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Ladies and gents, start your summertime engines!

The new issue (4/15) of Rolling Stone has this tantalizing and very colorful tour ad for the upcoming Tom Petty tour:

Tom Petty - Summer Tour 2010

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16Dec/099

Cage Match: Xmas Edition Vol. 2: Tom Petty vs. John Cougar Mellencamp

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Ho! Ho! Ho!  The first installment of last week's holiday Cage Match is here if you missed it.  There was a surprising amount of love for Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" - more than I expected, with all of the people that I know that despise it.

For this week's Cage Match, we're rolling out two more holiday classics for your discussion, including one from Tom Petty, who already has given the very best holiday gift with the release of The Live Anthology.

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