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July 25, 2006

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MALIBU, Calif. — While getting his 14th studio album off the ground, Tom Petty happily discovered he was past the point of learning to fly.

“All the craft I’ve picked up and all the life experience I’ve had rolled into a place where making records is easier,” he says. “If I get an idea, I know how to put it down. When I was a kid, that was the struggle. Now I can do what rolls through my head without a lot of effort. It validates the idea of being in rock ‘n’ roll when you’re 55. I feel, what’s the word?”

He frowns, then brightens.

“Relevant!” he says, erupting into laughter.

“I feel like there’s a reason to buy another Tom Petty record. Once you’ve put out 10 or 12, is there a reason to make more? In any job, you eventually ask yourself, ‘What’s the point?’ I feel I still have something to say and something to contribute.”

He’s relieved and surprised to find himself in this spot 30 years after he and The Heartbreakers released their debut album.

Since then, the band has sold more than 50 million albums globally while cementing a reputation as inventive rock traditionalists with unyielding integrity and commitment.

Despite nursing a toothache, Petty is unusually buoyant as he discusses his third solo disc, Highway Companion, out today. First single Saving Grace is No. 1 on triple-A and classic rock radio charts. In this digital age of one-track buys, he has built another carefully sequenced song cycle, a sparse but textured soundscape slashed by Mike Campbell’s sterling slide guitar and overlaid by Petty’s tales of searching, escaping and yearning.

“These characters are all on the move, leaving home, going home, wondering where home is,” Petty says. “It’s not a real loud record or an all-out rock fest. It’s quieter but not mellow. I wanted to make this for a long time. It’s not a record I could have made in the ’70s. I wasn’t seasoned enough.”

Ensconced in a dressing room at the Malibu Performing Arts Center, Petty fetches a bottled Coke after stubbing out a Camel. A few creases betray his years, but his look has altered little over the decades: wispy blond hair, faded jeans, scarf and loafers, a sly grin.

He’s proud of Highway, a close-knit collaboration with co-producers Jeff Lynne and Campbell, the only other players on the album. Petty revised his writing habits, approaching melodies only after painstakingly finishing lyrics and completing songs before entering the studio. He played guitar, bass, harmonica, keyboards, even drums.

“We were like young kids,” Petty says. “We never hit any bumps. Wildflowers (1994) was good, but it was a lot of trial and error. A lot got thrown away. This didn’t seem like work.”

His joy today sharply contrasts the pressures that clouded recent projects. The Last DJ, 2002’s concept album that took aim at music industry greed, drew heat from all corners of the business.

“Yeah, I got beaten up pretty good and halfway expected to be,” Petty says. “At that point in my life, I had gotten so upset about all that stuff, and I had a lot to say. It was a relief to have it out of my head. I knew it wasn’t going to be popular at the record company, but I think it will stand the test of time.”

He’s less enamored with 1999’s Echo, which opens with the grim Room at the Top, “one of the most depressing songs in rock history,” Petty says, grinning.

“If anything will make you want to kill yourself …”

He trails off, then adds glumly, “I was in a rough place when I did that record.”

Depleted by divorce and other personal blows, Petty opted for a hermitic existence in a ramshackle Los Angeles hideaway.

“I had some long periods of severe depression,” he says. “I took some hard knocks and retreated from the world and lived in this little cabin. I didn’t see a lot of people. I wasn’t happy, and I didn’t want to lay that on everybody.

“Even when I was in public, I didn’t want to be there, and that’s a terrible feeling. It took me a while to want to come back.”

Petty, who says he maintains very few close friendships, also was crushed by the deaths of best buddy George Harrison in 2001 and Howie Epstein, who overdosed on heroin in 2003 shortly after being fired from The Heartbreakers.

Petty’s saving grace was Dana York, whom he married in 2001.

“She saved me from going down the tubes,” he says. “She got me to a good place where I did want to rejoin society and keep going. I’ve got a great girl, and she’s strong. It took a strong person to deal with me at that point.

“It got pretty dire. I had a lot of repair work to do with my family and children. I had to grow up in a lot of ways. If you do this all your life, you don’t have a normal experience. The rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle does not encourage you to be responsible. I’m still sorting it out, but I’m on better ground.”

Little can deflate Petty’s mood these days. He’s blasé on the talk about unmistakable similarities between his 1993 rocker Mary Jane’s Last Dance and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ current Dani California. It’s not grand theft, he says. Possibly Petty larceny?

“I don’t know if they stole it or not,” he says. “It’s their cross to bear, not mine. That one does sound particularly close in meter and chord and even subject matter. I think it’s odd that Rick Rubin produced both records and never noticed it when my gardener did. I won’t sue, but I wouldn’t mind if they cut me in for a piece.”

He laughs and adds, “I sometimes hear my stuff in other songs, and I don’t get that upset because I do the same thing. You don’t set out to steal something, but there are only so many notes and chords.”

It’s little surprise that artists deliberately or subliminally lift from Petty’s hit-heavy catalog, says Paul Zollo, author of Conversations with Tom Petty, the first exhaustive overview of the rocker’s career.

“He’s had so many powerful hits, but he’s never contrived hits to get on charts,” Zollo says. “His songs are about solid songwriting, craftsmanship, inventive lyrics and tremendous musicianship. It’s never about trends and fitting into one time. He had an authentic rock ‘n’ roll dream and realized it without getting derailed in a way so many musicians were.

“More significantly, he had a burst of greatness in his 20s, but unlike so many others, he continued to create music with substance and meaning, and sustained that quality over decades. He’s certainly in the pantheon.”

A reluctant elder statesman, Petty claims to have little understanding of the industry’s modern machinery and doubts he’d survive the rigorous media drills imposed on newbies.

Band websites may be cool, but music on the Internet is “so vast and unfocused,” he says. “It’s impossible to keep up. I miss the idea of record stores.”

He’s encouraged that music lovers are digging up the past for inspired sounds, but he believes the beloved rock ‘n’ roll that set fire to his youth has gone the way of jazz and blues and is no longer a driving force in pop music.

As a kid in the ’60s, he reveled in ’50s rock. He still looks back, marinating in “the beautiful purity” of Chess label blues and rooting out even older fare he may have overlooked.

Likewise, he’s a Turner Classic Movies junkie, favoring Howard Hawks and John Ford and sophisticated ’40s films.

But that’s a luxury his music obsession rarely accommodates. His wife leans on him to slow down, and he might curtail touring duties — to make more records.

“There’s rumor that I’m not going to tour anymore,” he says. “I don’t think that’s true, but I’d like to take a long break. I have recording projects I want to do, and that’s going to last longer than the shows. I love playing, but it eats up so much of your life.

“I’m really conscious of wasting time. It’s funny when you realize there are time limits. I’m impatient now with anything that gets in the way of what I want to do. I want to get everything down. Why would I want to do anything else? Rock ‘n’ roll is such a good job.”

Current Tom Petty Tour Dates

Tom Petty Tickets September 14 – Chicago IL – Charter One Pavilion – Northerly Island
Tom Petty Tickets September 15 – Chicago IL – Charter One Pavilion – Northerly Island
Tom Petty Tickets September 21 – Gainesville FL – Stephen C. O’Connell Center
Tom Petty Tickets September 22 – Atlanta GA – HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
Tom Petty Tickets September 26 – Los Angeles CA – Hollywood Bowl
Tom Petty Tickets September 27 – Chula Vista CA – Coors Amphitheatre-CA
Tom Petty Tickets September 29 – Berkeley CA – Greek Theatre-Berkeley
Tom Petty Tickets September 30 – Berkeley CA – Greek Theatre-Berkeley

By Edna Gundersen, USA Today

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Tom Petty to Rock 5-Day Bike Fest

May 25, 2006

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NEW YORK (AP) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are slated to join Keith Urban, the Black Crowes, Big & Rich and Nickelback at Rock ‘n the Rally, a five-day music festival to be held this August in South Dakota during the celebrated Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

“We’re building a world-class music festival right into the worlds largest bike rally,” the festival’s producer, Mark Russo of Dork Fish Ink, said in a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday. “Rock ‘n the Rally has been two years in the making and we’ve built it from the ground up.”

The festival, to be held from Aug. 6-10, will take place in a new 34-acre amphitheater on Glencoe Camp Resort in Sturgis, where hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from around the nation converge for the motorcycle rally, now in its 68th year.
“Sturgis Bike Week is a celebration of independence and freedom, the same concepts that define Rock ‘n Roll,” said Glencoe owner Gary Lippold, who along with Dork Fish Ink is presenting the festival.

Other performers for the music festival include Joe Cocker, Shooter Jennings, Sammy Hagar, Cheap Trick and .38 Special. Organizers plan to make Rock ‘n the Rally an annual event.

Current Tom Petty Tour Dates

Tom Petty Tickets September 14 – Chicago IL – Charter One Pavilion – Northerly Island
Tom Petty Tickets September 15 – Chicago IL – Charter One Pavilion – Northerly Island
Tom Petty Tickets September 21 – Gainesville FL – Stephen C. O’Connell Center
Tom Petty Tickets September 22 – Atlanta GA – HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
Tom Petty Tickets September 26 – Los Angeles CA – Hollywood Bowl
Tom Petty Tickets September 27 – Chula Vista CA – Coors Amphitheatre-CA
Tom Petty Tickets September 29 – Berkeley CA – Greek Theatre-Berkeley
Tom Petty Tickets September 30 – Berkeley CA – Greek Theatre-Berkeley

The Associated Press

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Tom Petty Readies Summer Tour

April 21, 2006

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Last summer, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ tour was one of their most successful ever, drawing manic and younger crowds that, according to Petty, sang “so loud they actually drowned us out” and included girls “throwing their underwear.” This year, the rock legend and the five-member Heartbreakers crew are heading back on the road with the Highway Companions Tour, kicking off June 9th in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Major acts — many of which typically headline amphitheaters themselves — will join Petty. The first leg will run through June and July and feature jam-band titan Trey Anastasio, followed by Pearl Jam. The Allman Brothers Band will serve as support for leg two, in July and August, while openers for leg three — slated for September and October — have yet to be announced.

Petty will also be headlining the Bonnaroo Music Festival on June 16th; Summerfest in Milwaukee, on June 29th and 30th; and the Austin City Limits Festival on September 17th.

The Highway Companions Tour may be Petty’s final major summer outing. “I think we should do this tour and then put an end to doing national tours, and just play now and then where we want to play,” Petty told Rolling Stone recently, citing his thirty years in the business. (The group released their self-titled debut in 1976.) “The idea of doing sheds or arenas . . . you turn into an animal by the time it’s done.”

In the meantime, Petty is also finishing work on Highway Companion, his third solo album and follow-up to 1994’s stoner-friendly Wildflowers. The new record is due this summer.

“It’s a quieter album than I’ve done before,” Petty said of the album, which features accompaniment from Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and fellow Traveling Wilbury Jeff Lynne. “I don’t think I wasted any lines on this album. I think the songs are all there.” Among the albums cuts are “Square One,” “Turn This Car Around,” “Saving Grace” and “Big Weekend” — the latter two will debut in upcoming promos for the NBA finals.

Also, filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show) has begun shooting a documentary about the Heartbreakers’ history.

But with a new solo album, huge summer tour and documentary in the works, fans shouldn’t get too nervous that the fifty-five-year-old Petty will be stopping anytime soon. “The only thing keeping me from wrapping things up is just going, ‘Well, I wonder if there’s one more in me?'”

Current Tom Petty Tour Dates

Tom Petty Tickets September 14 – Chicago IL – Charter One Pavilion – Northerly Island
Tom Petty Tickets September 15 – Chicago IL – Charter One Pavilion – Northerly Island
Tom Petty Tickets September 21 – Gainesville FL – Stephen C. O’Connell Center
Tom Petty Tickets September 22 – Atlanta GA – HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
Tom Petty Tickets September 26 – Los Angeles CA – Hollywood Bowl
Tom Petty Tickets September 27 – Chula Vista CA – Coors Amphitheatre-CA
Tom Petty Tickets September 29 – Berkeley CA – Greek Theatre-Berkeley
Tom Petty Tickets September 30 – Berkeley CA – Greek Theatre-Berkeley

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Tom Petty’s Summer Tour His Last?

April 9, 2006

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In 1976, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their debut album, and this summer Petty plans to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary in grand style. He and the Heartbreakers will hit the road in June on a tour that Petty says might be the band’s last major summer outing; there’s an ambitious documentary in the works; and Petty is finishing Highway Companion, a solo album tentatively due on Rick Rubin’s American Recordings label this summer.

“It’s a quieter album than I’ve done before,” Petty says, sitting behind the sound desk in his home studio in Malibu. “I don’t think I wasted any lines on this album. I think the songs are all there.”

Petty exudes genuine pride as he debuts for Rolling Stone nine of the songs slated for Highway Companion, including “Square One” and “Turn This Car Around.” He began recording the album last year with Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and fellow Traveling Wilbury Jeff Lynne. Each contributes guitar parts, Lynne plays keys and a Hofner bass, Campbell plays a hefty amount of slide guitar (“He’s never been better,” says Petty) and, for the first time on record, Petty plays drums. Though they all but finished recording in February, Petty says, “The only thing keeping me from wrapping things up is just going, ‘Well, I wonder if there’s one more in me?'”

Petty plans to incorporate some of these songs into the Heartbreakers tour this summer, which will kick off in June with openers including Pearl Jam, John Mayer, Trey Anastasio and, Petty hopes, the Strokes and the Allman Brothers Band. “I think we should do this tour and then put an end to doing national tours, and just play now and then where we want to play,” he says. “The idea of doing sheds or arenas . . . you turn into an animal by the time it’s done.”

Also, filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Mask) has begun shooting a documentary about the Heartbreakers’ history. “We’ve given him access that we’ve never given anybody,” says Petty. Bogdanovich will interview Petty at length and hopes to talk with Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks and members of Petty’s family.

“We’re trying to give a sense of what happened to this group of kids that came from Gainesville, Florida — how they made the big time,” says Bogdanovich. “How did that change them, and how did they change the world?

“I’m not an expert on Tom Petty, I’m just a fan,” adds Bogdanovich. “But what appeals to me is that he’s a real American artist — an impressionist — very much of the American grain.”

Current Tom Petty Tour Dates

Tom Petty Tickets September 14 – Chicago IL – Charter One Pavilion – Northerly Island
Tom Petty Tickets September 15 – Chicago IL – Charter One Pavilion – Northerly Island
Tom Petty Tickets September 21 – Gainesville FL – Stephen C. O’Connell Center
Tom Petty Tickets September 22 – Atlanta GA – HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
Tom Petty Tickets September 26 – Los Angeles CA – Hollywood Bowl
Tom Petty Tickets September 27 – Chula Vista CA – Coors Amphitheatre-CA
Tom Petty Tickets September 29 – Berkeley CA – Greek Theatre-Berkeley
Tom Petty Tickets September 30 – Berkeley CA – Greek Theatre-Berkeley

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Get Your Motor Runnin (Sturgis Motorcycle Rally)

March 30, 2006

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The massive Stugis Bike Week is a 65 year American tradition for motorcycle fans but this year you can get yer motor runnin’ and rock out, too.

A new concert series, Rock’n The Rally, will present Aerosmith, Sammy Hagar, Big & Rich, Keith Urban, Steve Miller, Cheap Trick, Steppenwolf, Fabulous Thunderbirds, REO Speedwagon, .38 Special, Foghat, Georgia Satellites, Greg Rollie, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Shooter Jennings and others in Sturgis, S.D., August 6-10.

The concerts will take place in a 34-acre natural grass amphitheatre that will seat tens of thousands.

Construction on the Rock’n The Rally site began last September at the Glencoe Camp Resort. Glencoe owner Gary Lippold, along with festival producers Dork Fish Inc., have planned the Rock’n The Rally as an annual event.

“We took the reverse view of the ‘build it and they will come’ theory,” Dork Fish’s Mark Russo said. “We figured, 600,000 people attend Sturgis Bike Week each year, let’s build it where they already are.”

This will be the first year that a stand-alone festival coincides with motorcycle extravaganza, which runs from August 7th through the 13th.

“We are providing a safe, modern, and expansive venue with a full line-up each day of world-class acts that appeal to the Bike Rally’s audience,” property owner Gary Lippold said.

“For 66 years, Sturgis Bike Week has been a celebration of independence and freedom, the same concepts that define Rock ‘n Roll. We’re adding a new music festival to Bike Week in a classy way… to give our guests a great concert experience.”

 

Current Tom Petty Tour Dates

Tom Petty Tickets September 14 – Chicago IL – Charter One Pavilion – Northerly Island
Tom Petty Tickets September 15 – Chicago IL – Charter One Pavilion – Northerly Island
Tom Petty Tickets September 21 – Gainesville FL – Stephen C. O’Connell Center
Tom Petty Tickets September 22 – Atlanta GA – HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
Tom Petty Tickets September 26 – Los Angeles CA – Hollywood Bowl
Tom Petty Tickets September 27 – Chula Vista CA – Coors Amphitheatre-CA
Tom Petty Tickets September 29 – Berkeley CA – Greek Theatre-Berkeley
Tom Petty Tickets September 30 – Berkeley CA – Greek Theatre-Berkeley

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