RIP Tom Petty

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A genuinely great lyricist, and leader of a killer band.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 2 October 2017 19:35 (six years ago) link

From Twitter, a full New Year's Eve 1978 show:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnS8577gBNc

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 2 October 2017 19:37 (six years ago) link

Not that I am hopeful, but has that been officially confirmed by anyone but TMZ yet?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 2 October 2017 19:37 (six years ago) link

sadly TMZ pretty much always gets these things right. damn.

frogbs, Monday, 2 October 2017 19:38 (six years ago) link

oh man

sleeve, Monday, 2 October 2017 19:44 (six years ago) link

Oh FFS, a shitty day just got worse.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 2 October 2017 19:46 (six years ago) link

'taken off life support' i'm seeing. I suppose not because he's doing better.

akm, Monday, 2 October 2017 19:47 (six years ago) link

Surprised I found some words but I guess I did.

http://nedraggett.tumblr.com/post/165979442637/not-an-active-fan-never-saw-him-or-had-any-of

Ned Raggett, Monday, 2 October 2017 19:49 (six years ago) link

RIP. He always felt like the last Classic Rock guy to me, the end of a generation/way of playing + writing.

Οὖτις, Monday, 2 October 2017 19:51 (six years ago) link

It's flippant to say it but I kinda figured by default he'd be the last Wilbury to go. Not the middle one.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 2 October 2017 19:53 (six years ago) link

Rest In Power, Tom.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-petty-on-past-confederate-flag-use-it-was-downright-stupid-20150714

Again, people just need to think about how it looks to a black person. It's just awful. It's like how a swastika looks to a Jewish person. It just shouldn't be on flagpoles.

Beyond the flag issue, we're living in a time that I never thought we'd see. The way we're losing black men and citizens in general is horrific. What's going on in society is unforgivable. As a country, we should be more concerned with why the police are getting away with targeting black men and killing them for no reason. That's a bigger issue than the flag. Years from now, people will look back on today and say, "You mean we privatized the prisons so there's no profit unless the prison is full?" You'd think someone in kindergarten could figure out how stupid that is. We're creating so many of our own problems.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 2 October 2017 19:53 (six years ago) link

rip big man, heaven needed another 20% of the traveling wilburys

RIP. Although he wasn't really my cup of tea, he clearly had the respect of a hell of a lot of notable musicians and, in spite of him mostly being an American phenomenon, he definitely made his mark.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Monday, 2 October 2017 19:58 (six years ago) link

This is the first "celebrity death" since Prince that's brought me to tears.

Monster fatberg (Phil D.), Monday, 2 October 2017 20:00 (six years ago) link

</3

=(

One hell of a songwriter.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Monday, 2 October 2017 20:01 (six years ago) link

It has been confirmed.

JUST IN: Rocker Tom Petty is dead at 66, Los Angeles Police Department confirms to CBS News pic.twitter.com/XJp3mc69Rl

— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 2, 2017

Ned Raggett, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:02 (six years ago) link

don't think anyone made the flying V look cooler

Οὖτις, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:04 (six years ago) link

He certainly put on one of the few arena shows I've enjoyed, w/ Dylan @MSG, July '86.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 2 October 2017 20:06 (six years ago) link

Unlike Prince or Bowie (to name two recent examples), I don't feel compelled to listen to Tom Petty today. Those guys were foundational alchemists, a guy like Tom Petty was ... comfort. In the best possible way. It's a strange irony that that makes him harder to listen to right now.

I saw Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls do a killer cover of "Refugee" once that completely re-contexualized the song for me. Also helped me recognize how hard it is to write a universal anthem, let alone a few.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:07 (six years ago) link

Fuck. A huge loss.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:08 (six years ago) link

his last show was at the Hollywood Bowl just nine days ago. played there three nights in a row.

nomar, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:08 (six years ago) link

damn ): rip

Rael Estate (diamonddave85), Monday, 2 October 2017 20:09 (six years ago) link

Love tom petty. Have always loved tom petty. He could do that eternal byrds thing with better hooks than anybody.

Wahhh

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Monday, 2 October 2017 20:14 (six years ago) link

um what

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 2 October 2017 20:15 (six years ago) link

whatever their lives were actually like, all these guys...Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Tom Petty...they seemed like decent guys, good souls, and they tried to bring that to their music and personas. Tom Petty, he was a real performer. He almost reminded me of a silent movie actor, he was such a great, funny, warm presence onstage and in his videos.

nomar, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:17 (six years ago) link

Jon Not Jon and nomar otm, he was important to me ever since I started listening to music and was always there, like a familiar friend from high school who you don;t see very much but it's always cool when you do, the kind of classic rock that makes you happy when you hear it on the radio

sleeve, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:19 (six years ago) link

The last two songs from what turned out to be his final show. If you're going to barnburn, do it like this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WNHB8vROg4

Ned Raggett, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:28 (six years ago) link

His might be my favorite still-active backing band. I could listen to Campbell or Tench play for days.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:31 (six years ago) link

His last album was a robust little thing.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 2 October 2017 20:31 (six years ago) link

he was fucking great on King of the Hill too.

evol j, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:32 (six years ago) link

Aww, damn.

A great, consistent songwriter whom I've found it all too easy to take for granted over the years. Like, he's never someone I think of as a favourite of mine, but then "The Waiting" or "American Girl" or something else will come on the radio when I'm driving and for three or so minutes I'll think I'm hearing the most brilliant pop song ever written.

the general theme of STUFF (cryptosicko), Monday, 2 October 2017 20:36 (six years ago) link

my first favorite musician, and I think my daughter's first favorite musician. as dadrock as you can get, I know. i thought about taking her to see him last summer for her first show but she's still pretty young. regretting that now.

tylerw, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:42 (six years ago) link

TMZ's latest update indicates that things are still tangled but that ultimately the end is near:

Sources tell us at 10:30 Monday morning a chaplain was called to Tom's hospital room. We're told the family has a do not resuscitate order on Tom. The singer is not expected to live throughout the day, but he's still clinging to life. A report that the LAPD confirmed the singer's death is inaccurate -- the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. handled the emergency.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:46 (six years ago) link

RIP. one of the greats.

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 2 October 2017 20:47 (six years ago) link

There's that great 4 hour documentary about Tom Petty, Runnin' Down a Dream. Watching it, the thing that strikes you is how little struggle he had, career-wise. Everybody loved him from the beginning. In Florida, he was instantly the top guy in his local music scene. Moves to LA, gets signed right away. His band Mudcrutch is dropped, but he gets a solo deal. First album has Breakdown and American Girl.

No years of toil, honing his craft. It was immediate success. It's a testament to how great he was (damn it sucks to type was

kornrulez6969, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:47 (six years ago) link

I thought his appearance on The Larry Sanders Show was v good. From memory he was squaring up to Clint Black and calling him "fucking Roy Rogers, here" or something similar.

calzino, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:48 (six years ago) link

Meanwhile Dylan lives.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 2 October 2017 20:48 (six years ago) link

Aw dammit. Dammit dammit dammit. I love Tom Petty, probably more than he deserves, but he's one of my all-time favorites. I love his singing more than anything else, he worked wonders with that whine.

Meanwhile Dylan lives.

DON'T FUCKING JINX IT

Οὖτις, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:50 (six years ago) link

A shock. But worse for my poor mum. I may have to call her.

imago, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:59 (six years ago) link

RIP. He was a good songwriter with a unique voice. Also RIP to one of the few current musical concerns that kept my mom buying records. She loved him!

Dominique, Monday, 2 October 2017 21:01 (six years ago) link

Related to that, they're playing The Traveling Wilburys in my office right now. And it's like a party photo of someone gone, vs. a picture of them alone. It's good to hear.

Eazy, Monday, 2 October 2017 21:02 (six years ago) link

(tom petty is not dead btw)

k3vin k., Monday, 2 October 2017 21:04 (six years ago) link

Didn't trust TMZ, but it's looking about as bad as possible. DNRs don't usually lead to happy outcomes.

xpost I think Petty worked really hard for his success, actually, an ambitious redneck playing everywhere from backyard parties and frat houses on up (like Van Halen did). If he got lucky at all it was by having his rise coincide right with MTV's, and also having Mike Campbell as a cohort. And also writing a dozen or so songs for the ages. That takes some luck, too.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 2 October 2017 21:06 (six years ago) link

What the fuck?

calstars, Monday, 2 October 2017 21:06 (six years ago) link

and I was listening to Into the Great Wide Open on Saturday.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 2 October 2017 21:16 (six years ago) link

i had been revisiting some of his latter day stuff last week and was struck by how great this one was:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqJS2nB4D4s

tylerw, Monday, 2 October 2017 21:18 (six years ago) link

^^^ holy fuck, tylerw, "You and Me" is a jam. If Fleetwood Mac had released it, no one would've blinked.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 2 October 2017 21:22 (six years ago) link

totally. i remember staying away from the last DJ at first because of its cranky title track, but about half of it is fantastic.

tylerw, Monday, 2 October 2017 21:24 (six years ago) link

Enjoying this bit of Garry Shandling and Petty hanging out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIvNe569Q9g

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Monday, 2 October 2017 21:26 (six years ago) link

The 2009 Live Anthology is one of the greatest things ever, and now there's another 4CD set coming in November, culled from 20 shows(!) they did at the Fillmore in San Francisco in 1997, that looks like a fine companion piece. (There's also a 2CD version, but if you're buying this, as I am, why wouldn't you get the whole thing?

Track listing:

CD 1

Pre-show (spoken interlude)
Around and Around
Jammin’ Me
Runnin’ Down A Dream
Good Evening (spoken interlude)
Lucille
Call Me The Breeze
Cabin Down Below
The Internet, Whatever That Is (spoken interlude)
Time is On My Side
Listen To Her Heart
Waitin’ In School
Let’s Hear It For Mike (spoken interlude)
Slaughter On Tenth Avenue
Homecoming Queen Intro (spoken interlude)
The Date I Had with That Ugly Old Homecoming Queen
I Won’t Back Down
You Are My Sunshine
Ain’t No Sunshine
It’s Good To Be King

CD 2

Rip It Up
You Don’t Know How It Feels
I’d Like To Love You Baby
Diddy Wah Diddy
We Got A Long Way To Go (spoken interlude)
Guitar Boogie Shuffle
I Want You Back Again
On The Street Intro (spoken interlude)
On The Street
California
Let’s Hear It For Scott and Howie (spoken interlude)
Little Maggie
Walls
Hip Hugger
Friend Of The Devil
Did Someone Say Heartbreakers Beach Party? (spoken interlude)
Heartbreakers Beach Party
Angel Dream
The Wild One, Forever
Even The Losers
American Girl
You Really Got Me
Goldfinger

CD 3

Mr. Roger McGuinn (spoken interlude)
It Won’t Be Wrong
You Ain’t Going Nowhere
Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Man
Eight Miles High
Crazy Mama
Everyone Loves Benmont (spoken interlude)
Green Onions
High Heel Sneakers
John Lee Hooker, Ladies and Gentlemen (spoken interlude)
Find My Baby (Locked Up In Love Again)
Serves You Right To Suffer
Boogie Chillen
I Got A Woman

CD 4

Sorry, I’ve Just Broken My Amplifier (spoken interlude)
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Honey Bee
County Farm
You Wreck Me
Shakin’ All Over
Free Fallin’
Mary Jane’s Last Dance
Bye Bye Johnny
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
It’s All Over Now
Louie Louie
Gloria
Alright For Now Goodnight (spoken interlude)

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 21 September 2022 17:02 (one year ago) link

The 2-CD set is just spoken interludes.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 17:27 (one year ago) link

Having Fun With Tom On Stage

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 21 September 2022 17:32 (one year ago) link

oh damn i think i want this?

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 21 September 2022 18:19 (one year ago) link

Dang, this does look good. Disc 3 looks interesting.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 21 September 2022 18:23 (one year ago) link

i've heard a few of these shows via bootlegs and yeah, they smoke.

tylerw, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 18:23 (one year ago) link

the Fillmore covers alone are killer, but yeah, super excited for this

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 22 September 2022 02:44 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

My copy of the Live at the Fillmore box arrived today and it fucking rules.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 25 November 2022 23:34 (one year ago) link

So I wrote about the live box for my Substack newsletter this week, focusing on the long, hilarious version of "Gloria" that closes it out. And I excerpted a big chunk of VegemiteGrrl's brilliant piece from when Petty died, so thanks again for writing that, VG.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 30 November 2022 15:37 (one year ago) link

aw cheers!

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 30 November 2022 15:43 (one year ago) link

"Jammin' Me"!

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 30 November 2022 15:43 (one year ago) link

Kinda regret asking for this for Christmas, now I gotta wait.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 30 November 2022 15:59 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

this is a pretty great thread of J Mascis doing Tom Petty covers

includes a great karaoke video of Dont Do Me Like That, highly recommended

Happy Thursday, here’s J Mascis singing Tom Petty at karaoke. pic.twitter.com/mZ7ZYRdwjQ

— Scott Heisel (@scottheisel) April 27, 2023

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 28 April 2023 01:42 (nine months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Saw Mike Campbell & the Dirty Knobs last night with Steve Ferrone on drums (!)

he mixed in a few Heartbreakers songs, including a few deeper cuts
- Rockin Around
- When The Time Comes
- Fooled Again (And I Don’t Like It)
- Refugee
- Runnin Down A Dream

His version of Refugee was slowed way down, it was so great - i posted an older video here for reference, but this is v similar to what he did last night

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgvGyLwPJ0U

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 24 May 2023 16:00 (nine months ago) link

The estate just put out a statement saying RR Auction in Boston is auctioning off a ton of stuff stolen from Petty. The auction house won't reveal the source of the materials, but the estate is taking legal action and asking people not to bid on anything.

birdistheword, Wednesday, 24 May 2023 20:35 (nine months ago) link

Eesh, I’ve never heard of that site but searched the webpage for Tom Petty and it looks like someone basically stole his wardrobe. Creepy.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 25 May 2023 04:24 (nine months ago) link

four months pass...

the Live Anthology & Fillmore sets are such a joy

the live recordings for me i think push my already huge Benmont Tench appreciation into the stratosphere
all the ways you can hear so clearly the essential elements he brings to the band, accompaniment, soloing or just flourishes

and the Anthology is wild because if you listen over a couple of sittings it feels like one big concert, there’s so little variation in the band’s quality or performances or sound over the breadth of those discs. Like sewing a mosaic where all the patterns line up perfectly <3

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 28 September 2023 03:12 (four months ago) link

i should listen to those, not seeing petty live is a big regret of mine. certainly had opportunities.

but yeah hell of a band. dylan just played farm aid with the heartbreakers as his band, need to check that out as well.

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 28 September 2023 15:11 (four months ago) link

yeah the live stuff is very fun — the live disc on Wildflowers is cool, too. And yes! Tench really is a pleasure to listen to, he really gets more room to play onstage. I saw him guest with Robyn Hitchcock once in a small club and though he was seemingly unrehearsed, everything he did was perfect.

tylerw, Thursday, 28 September 2023 15:26 (four months ago) link

I've seen him with Jon Brion before, and he got to improvise a lot, a really creative player.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 28 September 2023 15:56 (four months ago) link

When the Replacements were opening for Petty, Tench would sometimes sit in with them, even as they improvised new songs onstage.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 28 September 2023 17:02 (four months ago) link

damn the torpedoes is an exemplary organ record, tench tone is incredible and he's a master of using the leslie to subtly build intensity or add emotion

is he disgruntled adrian? (voodoo chili), Thursday, 28 September 2023 17:16 (four months ago) link

*tench's tone

is he disgruntled adrian? (voodoo chili), Thursday, 28 September 2023 17:16 (four months ago) link

Tench is pretty awesome all-around - his role in the Heartbreakers may have landed him a lot of outside gigs, but his talent totally justifies it and he's still one of the great sidemen (in studio and on stage) even though he was in a very popular band for 50 years.

birdistheword, Thursday, 28 September 2023 19:44 (four months ago) link

ha i like TenchTone ... he should sell a pedal or something.

it really was fortuitous that Petty stumbled across both Campbell and Tench so early on — he lucked out!

tylerw, Thursday, 28 September 2023 19:47 (four months ago) link

Here's the ultimate (not on youtube) Tench clip, playing with Stevie Nicks on SNL in 1981 and stuck doing the more or less sequenced synth part on "Stand Back."

https://vimeo.com/302604378

What a trooper.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 28 September 2023 20:12 (four months ago) link

It's actually a great performance, considering how little he, Liberty DeVito and Waddy have to do. And whatever Stevie's condition might have been at the time.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 28 September 2023 20:15 (four months ago) link

Waddy Wachtel is the ugliest man ever born.

I see Tench is playing Prince's two-finger part.

hat trick of trashiness (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 28 September 2023 20:24 (four months ago) link

I'm not really a fan of Nicks's solo work, especially after the first two albums, but the stuff she cut with the Heartbreakers is usually enjoyable. I know she said she wished she was in Petty's band instead of Fleetwood Mac, but whether or not she was exaggerating for effect, you can hear how she could've fit in very well with that group.

birdistheword, Thursday, 28 September 2023 20:30 (four months ago) link

Not just "Stop Draggin' My Heart" which is basically her vocal grafted on a pre-recorded track, there's a handful of other stuff where Campbell, Tench, maybe Lynch or Epstein are backing her up.

birdistheword, Thursday, 28 September 2023 20:32 (four months ago) link

Heh -- I tend to think her first two solo albums are wooden and sodden until she introduces the synths.

hat trick of trashiness (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 28 September 2023 20:33 (four months ago) link

To be fair, "Edge of Seventeen" and "Stand Back" are by far my two favorites from those albums, and they're both driven by synths.

birdistheword, Thursday, 28 September 2023 21:19 (four months ago) link

that SNL performance!!!!!

fpsa, Thursday, 28 September 2023 23:05 (four months ago) link

this was my birthday gift, thank you so much <3

fpsa, Thursday, 28 September 2023 23:06 (four months ago) link

Watch "Nightbird"!

hat trick of trashiness (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 28 September 2023 23:07 (four months ago) link

Yeah, holy shit what a performance that is.

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 29 September 2023 04:52 (four months ago) link

seriously, thank you for posting that performance -- (A) what a bunch of weirdos (B) that guy who shows up to dance aggressively with Stevie, what is that?!

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Friday, 29 September 2023 15:25 (four months ago) link

i guess he is there to demonstrate what it means to "stand back!"

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Friday, 29 September 2023 15:26 (four months ago) link

damn waddy catching strays! leave waddy alone!!!!

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 29 September 2023 15:31 (four months ago) link

Did Flip Wilson host SNL?!?!

brownie, Friday, 29 September 2023 15:36 (four months ago) link

Huh, I think I put it at 1981, probably because that's when the video puts it, but yeah, 1983!

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 29 September 2023 16:19 (four months ago) link

it really was fortuitous that Petty stumbled across both Campbell and Tench so early on — he lucked out!

― tylerw, Thursday, September 28, 2023

"he got lucky" was RIGHT THERE

was it Tench who said Tom Petty's greatest strength as a musician was talking people out of going to college? (Campbell wasn't headed that way; Tench very much was and his family was not thrilled at the time)

poster of sparks (rogermexico.), Thursday, 5 October 2023 19:31 (four months ago) link

lmao that is kinda true

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 5 October 2023 20:16 (four months ago) link

four months pass...

Headed back down south
Gonna see my daddy's mistress
Gonna buy back her forgiveness
Pay off every witness

One more time down south
Sell the family headstones
Drag a bag of dry bones
Make good on my back loans

So if I come to your door
Let me sleep on your floor
I'll give you all I have
And a little more

Sleep late down south
Look up my former mentors
Live off Yankee winters
Be a landlord and a renter

Create myself down south
Impress all the women
Pretend I'm Samuel Clemens
Wear seersucker and white linens

So if I come to your door
Let me sleep on your floor
I'll give you all I have
And a little more

Spanish moss down south
Find the heroes of my childhood
Who now can do me no good
Carve their names in dogwood

Chase a ghost down south
Spirits cross the dead fields
Mosquitoes hit the windshield
All documents remain sealed

So if I come to your door
Let me sleep on your floor
I'll give you all I have
And a little more

I'll give you all I have
And a little more

scott seward, Friday, 9 February 2024 16:58 (two weeks ago) link

i love petty. highway companion is so good.

scott seward, Friday, 9 February 2024 16:59 (two weeks ago) link

did you guys do a petty listening thread? alfred? VegGrrl? i would totally participate in that. group + solo.

scott seward, Friday, 9 February 2024 17:00 (two weeks ago) link

i don’t think we ever did a listening thread that I know of (unless i missed it)

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 9 February 2024 19:55 (two weeks ago) link

group + solo + mudcrutch

scott seward, Friday, 9 February 2024 20:02 (two weeks ago) link

petty listening thread

yes please!

fact checking cuz, Saturday, 10 February 2024 01:23 (two weeks ago) link


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