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Happy April!

Mostly been working on updating our posts to use the new image gallery. As well, I've put up a couple of tour programs from the '80s.

This week's article:  "Since the album 'Damn the Torpedoes,' Tom Petty has been at the top of the rock heap."

See you next week,

- Aimee (listening to Greta Van Fleet - Highway Tune)


Hey Petty people!

I've gotten these wrapups fall to the byside while I was working on setting up my new computer. And cleaning up my music collection on my new computer. And, uh, playing lots of video games on my new computer....

Not much to report for this one, but I've got a new interview for you, from a 1977 edition of Cashbox magazine:

"I think the kids would rather hear a rock band that's theirs than something from their older sisters or something. I don't really think they prefer the lush slick stuff on the radio if they're given a choice."

See you (hopefully!) next week,

- Aimee (listening to Gary Numan - Engineers)

P.S. MusicBee is a great music player. Been using it myself. It's free, too! Definitely take a look if you're looking for new music software. 

Hey Petty people,

Solving mysteries is fun!

Recently, a website visitor emailed us, asking if we could find out any information about a concert that she had attended at the Fox Theater (Atlanta, Georgia) during the Damn the Torpedoes tour but couldn't find any evidence about online. I sent off an email to the Fox Theater itself, but as many of their records were destroyed in a fire years ago, it was fruitless. Fortunately, I knew where to look, and after some guesswork about the exact date, was able to find the show listed in the events section of the University of Georgia's student newspaper, The Red and Black. The show itself (December 1, 1979) is now added to our Tour Dates page.

The point of this is—if you have a question about something, send us a message. We'll do our best to try and help.

Anyways, some other news:

  • Magazines! I was able to find a bunch of scanned Record World and Cashbox magazines. I've gone through the Record Worlds. The Cashbox magazines, on the other hand... Anyways, there's plenty of goodies in them. And some OCR shenanigans, too. (Who wants to hear a Torn Petty and the IfeartMealiers record produced by barmy Lorne?)
  • New image galleries! I wasn't entirely happy with our current image gallery plugin. In the last week, I was able to find a better alternative. I'm still in the process of switching everything over—I expect this will take several weeks—but check out this article to see it in action.
  • Other little updates! Added concert reviews to the tour dates page up to 1990. (I'm still in the process of spring-cleaning my hard drive, so the setlists will come later.) And I've added some more entries to the Random Quotes on our front page.

You didn't think I'd forgotten the weekly newspaper article, did you?

"Maybe it's the sound of the '70s, but the '80s are almost here and I have a feeling, after seeing Petty play at Memorial Auditorium Saturday, that the '80s may just spell the return of good, solid Rock. And at the forefront of the Rock Revival will be a young man named Tom Petty."

See you next week,

- Aimee (listening to E.L.O. - Latitude 88 North)

Hey Petty people,

Wondering if anyone even reads these things? Anyways, got two concert reviews for you:

"At one completely random moment (albeit one that probably occurs at every stop on the tour) a creature that Petty simply called 'the psychedelic dragon' came out of the tree to bring him his harmonica. Random, but absolutely hysterical."

"I learned a few valuable lessons that night -- never underestimate the power of pure rock 'n' roll played with passion and see Petty whenever the opportunity arises."

'Side from that, I added a handful more setlists that I found dumped into a folder with a bunch of other random files. Been kinda busy doing an early spring-cleaning of my hard drive. (And while sorting through ten years' worth of bookmarks, I also dug up this old fansite. I love the Wayback Machine.)

See you next week,

Aimee (listening to Foghat - Slow Ride