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Hey Petty people,

Today's interview goes way back to May 1980, following the release of Damn the Torpedoes, and was published in New Zealand music magazine Rip It Up. In it, Tom Petty talks about what held him together during the lawsuits, what he thinks of Jimmy Iovine, and why You're Gonna Get It! will never be his favourite album:

"I think there's bitterness there, but I think there's more hope for survival. That album is about standing up for your rights, the certain inalienable rights that nobody can take away from you."

As usual, enjoy! 

- Aimee (listening to the Tragically Hip - Ahead By A Century)

Hey Petty people!

Got some more magazine articles typed up, so you know what that means - time for a weeklong stretch of them! Consider it a little early Christmas treat!

So, no weekly wrap-up, but go ahead and check out all the newly added 1981 tour dates and setlists. Many of the setlists not from my own collection were scraped from db.etree, so credits go to them (and to mikemono from Mudcrutch Farm for informing me about the site).

So, onto the first article! From 1991, a few months following the release of Into The Great Wide Open, comes this inteview from CD Review, in which Tom Petty talks about why he chose Jeff Lynne to produce the new album, what happened to the Wilburys' Volume Two, and why he hates Dolby:

"It used to be great. I mean, I'm old enough that I remember getting an album for three bucks—a mono one. And I could always raise three bucks somehow. If I wanted it, I could go out and collect a crate of bottles, then mow a lawn to get a dollar and seventy-five cents, and by the end of the afternoon I'd have three bucks, I'd buy the album and I'd go home and play it. That was one privilege I had as a kid—access to music. It was affordable."

Hope you like it! There'll be another one tomorrow! I like exclamation points a little too much today!

- Aimee (listening to Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Don't Get Yourself in Trouble)

 

Hey Petty people,

 Here's your weekly newspaper article:

"BINGO!!! You guessed it. Two tickets to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in concert. I'll never doubt the concert line again."

Not much to report for this week, aside from adding links to concert reviews for the 2012 Summer Tour. Last week's been a bit of a rough one for me. Hopefully this one will be better.

- Aimee (listening to The J. Geils Band - Flamethrower)

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)