Because of the unexpected passing of Tom Petty this inserted article by means of the impressive livebox The Live Anthology.
Today the family confirmed that Tom Petty had died at the age of 66.
On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty.
He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40PM EST surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.
Tony Demitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Yesterday, around the time first reports were made public that Petty was hospitalized after heart failure, it was fairly quickly followed by the message that he had died. The singer was found unconscious at his home and hastily transferred to the hospital. After statements of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), both CBS News and Variety reported that Petty had been pulled off life support.
However, some time later CBS and LAPD tweeted that “no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty” could be reported and that information was “inadvertently provided”. Both apologized for the confusion.
Unfortunately, confirmation followed later anyway.
Petty was born in Gainesville, Florida on October 20th, 1950. He had a tough childhood, filled with poverty, violence and an alcoholic father. After he had met Elvis Presley he got interested in music. At 17 years of age he dropped out of school and started his first band, Mudcrutch. Two members of the band were also part of the later Heartbreakers. After some time Petty joined up with The Heartbreakers in 1975. In 1976 the debutalbum Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers was released. At first the album did very little, but after success abroad, America caved. From that time onwards the band released albums on a regular basis. Their music is usually categorized as being in the same vein as Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.
In 1988 Petty joined the Traveling Wilburys, a band that also consisted of George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne. In 1989 Petty released his solo-album Full Moon Fever, which holds the glorious Free Fallin’. In 1994, together again wih The Heartbreakers, the album Wildflowers was released, the biggest success of the band.
In 2008 Petty participated on the album Mudcrutch, recorded by the original band.
The last Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers album was released in July of 2014: Hypnotic Eye. In 2017 the band went on an elaborate tour in honour of their 40 year anniversary. One week after completing the tour, in the early hours of October 2nd, Petty suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu and died in the Santa Monica hospital in Los Angeles.
The Live Anthology
On November 23rd, 2009 The Live Anthology was released. It is a live box by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
The box set appeared on Reprise Records and was available in a number of formats, including the standard set consisting of 4 cd’s and 48 songs. The box contains live recordings dating from 1978 to 2007. During his career Petty recorded as much shows as possible. Petty: “I’m glad we did it. I think this is one of the great live rock & roll bands. And you really understand us once you’ve heard this set. It was a lot of fun to put together”.
The album cover and packaging were designed by Shepard Fairey.
On January 16th, 2010, I bought the (standard) box. The Greatest Hits album didn’t suffice. It’s a superb box and a fitting testament to a great songwriter and rock artist. If you find it anywhere, get it, right away.
|Disc 1||Ladies And Gentlemen…||Jim Lenahan|
|Nightwatchman||Tom Petty, Mike Campbell|
|Even The Losers||Tom Petty|
|Here Comes My Girl||Tom Petty, Mike Campbell|
|A Thing About You||Tom Petty|
|I’m In Love||Bobby Womack|
|I’m A Man||Ellas McDaniel, Koko Taylor|
|Straight Into Darkness||Tom Petty|
|Something In the Air||Speedy Keen|
|I Just Want To Make Love To You||Willie Dixon|
|Drivin’ Down To Georgia||Tom Petty|
|Lost Without You||Tom Petty|
|Refugee||Tom Petty, Mike Campbell|
|Disc 2||Diddy Wah Diddy||McDaniel, Dixon|
|I Want You Back Again||Rod Argent|
|Friend Of The Devil||John Dawson, Jerome Garcia, Robert Hunter|
|A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me)||Tom Petty, Mike Campbell|
|It’s Good To Be King||Tom Petty|
|Angel Dream (No. 2)||Tom Petty|
|Learning To Fly||Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne|
|Mary Jane’s Last Dance||Tom Petty|
|Mystic Eyes||Van Morrison|
|Disc 3||Jammin’ Me||Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Bob Dylan|
|The Wild One, Forever||Tom Petty|
|Green Onions||Steve Cropper, Al Jackson, Jr., Booker T. Jones, Lewie Steinberg|
|Louisiana Rain||Tom Petty|
|Melinda||Tom Petty, Benmont Tench|
|Goldfinger||John Barry, Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley|
|Any Way You Want It||Dave Clark, Lenny Davidson|
|American Girl||Tom Petty|
|Disc 4||Runnin’ Down a Dream||Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Jeff Lynne|
|Oh Well||Peter Green|
|Southern Accents||Tom Petty|
|Crawling Back To You||Tom Petty|
|My Life/Your World||Tom Petty, Mike Campbell|
|I Won’t Back Down||Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne|
|Square One||Tom Petty|
|Have Love Will Travel||Tom Petty|
|Free Fallin’||Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne|
|The Waiting||Tom Petty|
|Good, Good Lovin’||James Brown, Albert Shubert|
|Century City||Tom Petty|
|Alright For Now||Tom Petty|
There were some rumours that Petty, besides one European concert in London, was coming to Europe to do his final tour here as well. In 2012 he played The Netherlands for the last time. Unfortunately I couldn’t be there. It’s a pity I never got to see him live. Tom Petty will be missed.
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