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Hey Petty people,

Got an early interview, published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel in 1978:

"The obituraries are written on what we would call punk rock. It's a shame the public had to have bullbleep shoved down their throats." 

I have a pretty good idea that Tom didn't actually use the word "bullbleep." A few other updates, as well:

  • Tour Dates and Setlists! Went and added all the dates for the 1979-1980 'Damn the Torpedoes' tour, including links to concert reviews. 
  • New 404 page! Took a bit of pain to get working, but I added a more useful 404 page with links to the magazine and newspaper indexes. If you really want to see it, you'll have to figure that out yourself.

Not much more going on. Still working on the subject index (progress is slow) and typing up magazine articles (not quite so slow). Added some more quotes for the front page, too.

- Aimee (listening to the Tragically Hip - Grace, Too)

Hey, Petty people,

Seemed a good enough time as any to start the Weekly Wrap-Ups back up. I'll be posting the weekly newspaper article at the same time. Here's the first one:

"But being the American institution they are, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers can afford to make the rules. Their set, which drew long and hard from the new album, 'Wildflowers,' featured the band with little more than a few candelabras perched behind them and Persian rugs beneath their feet."

Anyways, some news for you:

  • Quotes! It's been in place for a while now, but at the bottom of the our main page is a new box featuring quotes from various articles. Still adding them, so keep an eye open for new ones.
  • Tour Dates! Been filling out the Tour Dates and Setlists page as well. Along with setlists, it now includes links to reviews of the shows.
  • Subject Index! This one's nowhere near ready, and I'm not sure how long it'll take. Similar to an index in a book, it'll list off articles that discuss various subjects. Hopefully it'll fill in a little bit where the site search falls apart.
  • Tom Petty and Me! Liberty posted a review of Jon Scott's book Tom Petty and MeIf you haven't checked it out yet, now's a good a time as any.
  • Articles! And yes, I've started typing up articles again. I'll stick to the old schedule.

Anyways, that's all the news I've got for now. I'll be back next week with more, assuming I don't do something dumb like putting myself in the hospital.

- Aimee (listening to Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song)

Hey Petty people,

Well, I must be doing something right, as I'm not dead yet. Morbid thoughts aside, here's some 1981 (Hard Promises tour) setlists from my concert recording collection:

There's some nice rareties on this setlist, including a few songs that I suspect have not been done since.

- Aimee


Hey Petty people,

Today's the day that An American Treasure comes out. And three new interviews for you. 

Mojo - January 2010:
"Forgiveness is the key. You have to forgive people and try to understand. That's easy to say and a lot of work to do."

Billboard - July 26, 2014:
"I went, 'Hell, is this going to happen to be twice in my life where everything I own is just wiped out?' And then I thought, 'Well, I'm OK with that.' Because things come back, but people don't."

Rolling Stone #1291 - July 13, 2017:
"The road and the studio are the only places I've ever felt completely OK. In any other life situation I'm terribly retarded."

I'm doing better than I was in the last post, but I'm pretty worn down. Trying my best to push past it. (If you want, send cute cat pictures.)

- Aimee

Hey Petty people,

Might as well say it now, if anybody's even reading these news posts. After next week, if things go as intended, I won't be in a position to work on the site.

Anyways, here's today's article, a July 2012 interview appearing in Q magazine.

"I became bandleader by accident. I didn't want the job. Hell, I still don't want the job."Hell, I still don't want the job."


- Aimee