Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – The Live Anthology

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Tom Petty Live


Because of the unexpected passing of Tom Petty this inserted article by means of the impressive livebox The Live Anthology.

Tom Petty

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.

Short biography

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Tom Petty – Full Moon Fever

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.

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Tom Petty – Wildflowers

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

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – 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   Song   Written by
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
    Breakdown   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
    Wildflowers   Tom Petty
    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
    Surrender   Tom Petty
    Dreamville   Tom Petty
    Spike   Tom Petty
    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
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Tom Petty – Live In London 2017

In closing

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.

What do you think of Tom Petty? Let me know, it is highly appreciated!



    • Marlene Dryden on 06/30/2022 at 3:14 AM
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    Good writing. Respectful tone without fawning. He would’ve liked that.

    1. Thank you so much for your reply. It’s a nice thought he would have liked that. Thanks again!

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