The Petty Archives

By Thomas K. Arnold
San Diego Magazine - January 2007

Ike Turner may have moved to San Marcos, but Carlsbad is now home to another rock 'n' roll great -- San Diego native Ron Blair. The original bassist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Blair played on the celebrated rock band's first four albums before departing in 1982. He rejoined the group in 2002 in time for Petty's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and has been touring and recording with them ever since.