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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)

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