Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll
The official TOM PETTY and the HEARTBREAKERS Fan Club Newsletter
February 1995 -- Volume 1 Number 1
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1995 Tour!
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are excited to kick off their 1995 concert tour on February 28, in Louisville, Kentucky! The band will travel around the U.S. and Canada on a 51 date tour, ending at the Hollywood Bowl in California on June 9.
Featuring Pete Droge as the opening act, the first leg of the tour will last through March 23. The Jayhawks will open for the band during the second leg of the tour, April 1 through May 6. Tom and the Heartbreakers' good friends, Scott Thurston and Steve Ferrone, will perform with the band during the entire tour.
During a recent interview with VH1, Tom discussed the much anticipated 1995 Tour, "I'd like to really get back into a musical show, not a lot of bells and whistles... mostly music..."
Looking forward to this tour, Tom expressed his appreciation for the band's many fans. "...We always have very good audiences and fans ... they really are what it's all about ... You know, I kind of dig them in a very personal way ... I still love to get up and sing to people that are interested in hearing it..."
Are you one of the 250 LUCKY fans who purchased a Wildflowers CD and found an authentic "Tom Petty" autograph inside? Tom celebrated the release of his new album by personally autographing a limited number of Wildflowers CDs for distribution around the country.
A specially designed "plain brown wrapper" slipcase covered the jewelbox of the first 500,000 copies. Subsequent copies of the CDs were released without the slipcase (and without the possible autograph).
Collectors, take note: the CDs with the slipcover have a slightly different booklet front cover than the non-slipcover CDs.
With the release of his second solo album, Wildflowers, Tom Petty made his Warner Bros. debut. Produced by Rick Rubin, together with Tom and Heartbreaker Mike Campbell, it was definitely worth waiting for!
Wildflowers offers 15 new songs, 13 written solely by Tom, and 2 co-written by Tom and Mike. Joining Tom on the album are Heartbreakers Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench and Howie Epstein. Ringo Starr drums on "To Find A Friend," and Carl Wilson sings backing vocals on "Honeybee." Other guest artists include Steve Ferrrone (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion), and Phil Jones (percussion). Several songs feature orchestral arrangements by Michael Kamen.
Tom has described Wildflowers as using, "no modern conviniences, it's all played by hand ... which is really what I prefer ... very guitar-based, lots of textures." "There's a lot of different sounds, but they're all organic sounds. There are no synthesizers on the record, no digital anything, no sampling, no computers."
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Official Fan Club
We have a NEW Official Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Fan Club, and, along with it, "ANYTHING THAT'S ROCK 'N' ROLL," the new Official Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Fan Club Newsletter!
Hi! I'm Cathy Buffington, administrator of the Fan Club. I'm a big fan of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, just like all of you, and will try to keep the news coming ... ALL the news that we fans need to know! I'll keep you updated on the latest TP&HB record released, videos, tour information and band activities. In the future, I'll try to include information about TP&HB medchandise.
Many thanks to all of you who have written such nice letters to Tom and the band in the past. I can assure you that Tom DOES receive all the letters sent to this Encino address.
However, due to the huge volume of mail received, Tom and the guys can't answer each letter personally. They've asked me to read every letter after they do and try to respond to your questions and suggestions in this newsletter.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
P.O. Box 260159
Encino, CA 91426-9998
For legal reasons, please DO NOT send poems, lyrics, songs, or tapes of original music. These items will be returned to you. Thanks!
How Do You Join The Fan Club?
Guess what? If you received this newsletter in the mail, you already belong!!! We'll be sending out the newsleter whenever we can... please be patient ... it might be at irregular intervals ... so it'll be a surprise each time it arrives...
Need To Know
Tom Petty Trivia Question:
What was in the promotional clips for Wildflowers, on the MTV VIdeo Music Awards and the David Letterman show in September, but was missing in the "You Don't Know How It Feels" video, "Tom Petty's Video Box Set" interview, and the Saturday Night Live and David Letterman shows in November?
(Answer on page 7)
Dream Lyrics Challenge
Lyrics Challenge: Can you name all the songs that go with these TP&HB dream lyrics? (We'll start with a hard one ... ha-ha!)
1. Runnin' down a dream that never would come to me...
2. Now I wonder if dreams are just dreams...
3. Out of a dream, out of the sky...
4. The night was all clouded with dreams...
5. You follow your feelings, you follow your dreams...
6. They got a little money, live in a dream...
7. Restless sleep, twisted dreams...
8. Don't it feel like something from a dream...
9. Everything she'd dared to dream suddenly was outside her down...
10. There's a dream I keep having where my mama comes to me...
11. Take this chance, take this dream...
12. Dreams fade, hope dies hard...
13. I woke up in between a memory and a dream...
14. And when she's dreamin' sometimes she sings in French...
15. Yeah you gotta be careful what you dream...
16. Daydreamed for a mile or two...
17. Well I never woulda' dreamed that her heart was so wicked...
18. You've blown away my dream...
19. Can I help it if I still dream time to time...
(Answers on page 7)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1995 Tour Dates!
February 28: Louisville, KY: Louisville Gardens
March 1: Indianapolis, IN: Market Square
March 3: South Bend, IN: Joyce Arena
March 5: Milwaukee, WI: The Mecca
March 6: Peoria, IL: Civic Center
March 8: Chicago, IL: United Center
March 9: Detroit, MI: Palace: Auburn Hills
March 11: Columbus, OH: Battel Hall
March 12: Cincinnati, OH: Cincinnatti Garden
March 14: Pittsburgh, PA: Civic Arena
March 16: Cleveland, OH: Cleveland St. Univ.
March 17: Toronto, Canada: Maple Leaf Garden
March 20: New York, NY: Madison Sqr. Garden
March 21: Albany, NY: Knickerbocker Arena
March 23: Rochester, NY: War Memorial
April 1: New Haven, CT: Coliseum
April 2: Hemstead, NY: Nassau Coliseum
April 4: Boston, MA: Boston Garden
April 5: Boston, MA: Boston Garden
April 7: Philadelphia, PA: The Spectrum
April 9: Fairfax, VA: Patriot Center
April 11: Richmond, VA: Coliseum
April 12: Raleigh, NC: Walnut Creek Amph.
April 14: Charlotte, NC: Blockbuster Pavillion
April 15: Atlanta, GA: Lakewood Amphitheatre
April 18: Houston, TX: Woodlands Amph.
April 19: Austin, TX: Performing Art Center
April 21: Austin, TX: Performing Art Center
April 22: Dallas, TX: Starplex Amphitheatre
April 25: Phoenix, AZ: Desert Sky Pavilion
April 26: San Diego, CA: Sports Arena
April 28: San Bernardino, CA: Blockbuster Pavilion
April 30: Mountain View, CA: Shoreline Amphitheatre
May 1: Sacramento, CA: Cal Expo Amphitheatre
May 3: Portland, OR: Portland Coliseum
May 5: Seattle, WA: The Gorge
May 6: Vancouver, Canada: Pacific Coliseum
May 16: Miami, FL: Miami Arena
May 17: Ft. Meyers, FL: Miami Option for Hockey
May 19: Tampa, FL: Sundome
May 20: Orlando, FL: Orlando Arena
May 23: Pensacola, FL: Civic Center
May 25: Birmingham, AL: Oak Mountain Amph.
May 27: Nashville, TN: Sharwood Amphitheatre
May 28: Memphis, TN: Orpheum
May 30: Memphis, TN: Orpheum
June 2: St. Louis, MO: Riverport Amphitheatre
June 3: Kansas City, KS: Sandstone Amphitheatre
June 5: Oklahoma City, OK: Music Hall
June 6: Oklahoma City, OK: Music Hall
June 9: Los Angeles, CA: Hollywood Bowl
These are the tentative tour dates. Please check your local venues and ticket outlets for confirmation of these dates.
See you on the road!
Many fans have enthusiastically written to Tom to express their delight with the first video from Wildflowers, "You Don't Know How It Feels." The video was created with 6 different sets built in a circle around a rotating turntable, giving an effect of Tom singing into a microphone while various unusual background settings move behind him, continually changing. Phil Joanou directed the video in one take, with no editing.
The video was premiered on MTV at the end of a one-hour interview special, "Tom Petty's Video Box Set." During the special, Tom recounted several amusing anecdotes about various TP&HB videos.
The second video from the album is "You Wreck Me." Filmed in November in New York City during rehearsals for Late Night with David Letterman, the video was directed by Martyn Atkins, Tom's art director for Wildflowers. It features a great came by Tom's orange cat groovin' across the lawn! For the interesting visual effects in the video, Tom revealed that he borrowed from the film style of the 1960's movie, "The Thomas Crown Affair."
The third single from Wildflowers will be "It's Good To Be King," with a video directed by Peter Care. At press time, the release date has yet to be announced.
On November 19, fans were treated to performances of "You Don't Know How It Feels" and "Honeybee" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on Saturday Night Live. Dave Grohl from Nirvana added a unique and very different "shimmering cymbals" look to the band while sitting in on drums.
Regarding Dave Grohl, Tom explained on Prodigy Online, "He's one of my favorite drummers and I just phoned him up and asked him to help me out on Saturday Night Live. He's doing me a favor."
Tom and the Heartbreakers appeared on Late Night with David Letterman (with Steve Ferrone on drums this time) on November 21, and knocked out a killer version of "You Wreck Me." Tom treated us to his wry sense of humor when David Letterman joked with him about wanting to be a Heartbreaker. With an amused grin, Tom replied, "We could always work you in as a roadie!" The band had most recently performed on Letterman on September 9.
A special thank you to fans who have written to convey your excitement about the T.V. shows!
VH1 named Tom Petty their November "Artist of the Month," and regularly aired interviews, studio segments and videos.
If you haven't already heard it, be sure to check out the CD, You Got Lucky: A Tribute To Tom Petty. Featuring independent alternative bands performing their versions of the Tom Petty songs that influenced them, the CD is a very original and really cool interpretion of TP's music!
When asked about the CD, Tom commented, "I think it was one of my more flattering moments as a musician and a writer." "They really all captured the essence of the songs ... without exception ... I really loved it."
Several bands from the CD performed at a free concert, "You Got Lucky: A Live Tribute To Tom Petty," held at the Los Angeles House of Blues on January 9, 1995. Part of the concert was broadcast on ABC's In Concert on February 3.
Tom's video for "Mary Jane's Last Dance" emerged as the winner of the "Best Male Video" award at MTV's 1994 annual Video Music Awards. TB&HB performed the song live during the show.
Tom was also presented with the prestigious "Video Vanguard Award," honoring his entire body of video work.
A compilation of his films was shown to the audience, then Tom personally accepted the award, noting, "I just try to put something on the screen every time that's a little different, something for you to look at, something to make you smile..."
It was announced on October 20, 1994, that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had parted ways with Stan Lynch, who left the band after 19 years of their original drummer. Most recently, Stan has been working as a songwriter and/or producer with such artists as Don Henley, the Eagles, Leonard Cohen, and the Mavericks.
No immediate replacement is being sough. Steve Ferrone, who played drums for Tom on Wildflowers, will accompany TP&HB on their 1995 Tour. Steve appeared with the band on Late Night with David Letterman and can be seen in the "You Wreck Me" video.
Watch for Bonnie Raitt's current video for "You Got It," (written by Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne).
Our very own Heartbreaker, Benmont Tench, can be seen playing keyboards and having a good ol' time! The song is one of the highlights on the soundtrack and in the movie, "Boys On The Side."
Have you seen the Rolling Stone 40th Anniversary of Rock & Roll 1995 Calendar? Mark Seliger's great photo of Tom Petty sitting comfortably (!?) on a camel is featured on the cover and for the whole month of December!
The Introduction to the calendar states, "Here, Rolling Stone is pleased to celebrated the 40th anniversary of rock & roll by presenting some of the magazine's best portraits of those artists who've invented - and continued to re-invent - the music called rock & roll."
We certainly agree with that!
It's a MUST for any Tom Petty fan!
1976 - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
1978 - You're Gonna Get It!
1979 - Damn The Torpedoes
1981 - Hard Promises
1982 - Long After Dark
1985 - Southern Accents
1985 - Pack Up The Plantation - Live!
1987 - Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)
1989 - Full Moon Fever (Tom Petty solo)
1991 - Into The Great Wide Open
1993 - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Greatest Hits
1994 - Wildflowers (Tom Petty solo)
1985 - Pack Up The Plantation Live! (Live Show)
1989 - A Bunch Of Videos And Some Other Stuff
1990 - Full Moon Fever: The Videos
1991 - Take The Highway Live (Live Show)
A Bridge Built With Music
On October 1st and 2nd, a crowd of VERY LUCKY fans saw and heard a Live preview of a few songs from Wildflowers!
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were among the all-star line-up of musicians who appeared live at Neil Young's 8th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert. Held in Mountain View, California, near San Francisco, the concert is produced to raise funds for the Bridge School, a school co-founded by Neil's wife, Pegi, for children with severe communication and physical challenges.
The concert is unique in many ways, not the least is the fact that each ot the Bridge School children sit center-stage behind the artists during the entire concert!
Over the years, the Bridge School Concert has become something of a legend in the San Francisco Bay area, with a reputation for gathering the greatest names in Rock - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Elton John, Don Henley, Simon and Garfunkle, etc., etc. 1994 was no exception! For the first time ever, they expanded the concert to two days of performances. The eclectic assortment of musicians included acts ranging from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to Pearl Jam, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Indigo Girls, Al Jourgenson and Paul Barkey of Ministry, Mazzy Star and Pete Droge.
Tom Petty is the only artist (other than Neil Young) who has appeared at the concert 4 times: in 1986 solo and with Benmont Tench for 2 songs; and in 1988, 1989 and 1994 with all the Heartbreakers!
Featuring mostly acoustic performances, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers treated the crowd to their first public live performances of "You Don't Know How It Feels," "Wildflowers," and "Time To Move On." Fans were also introduced to hilarious renditions of "Girl on LSD." Other songs performed by TP&HB included "I Won't Back Down," "Runnin' Down A Dream," "Mary Jane's Last Dance," and a stirring arrangement of "Learning To Fly" showcasing Benmont on piano.
TP&HB's enthusiastic sets brought the audience to their feet both days. After their triumphant show the second day, Tom, Mike, Benmont, Howie, Stan (and Scott Thurston) returned to the stage for an encore and wowed the crowd with a rousing version of John Cale's "Thirteen Days."
During Pearl Jam's sets both days, the audience was pleasantly surprised with some extra piano accompaniment courtesy of our very versatile Benmont Tench!
The Sunday show (October 2nd) was a historic and bittersweet show for TP&HB fans ... it was Stan Lynch's last concert performance with the band.
It these shows were even a hint of what their 1995 Tour will be like ... the tour should be HOT!
- Cathy B.
If you have moved recently or are planning on moving soon, make sure you send us your change of address. Please include your old address along with the new one so we can correct the information on our mailing list. Thanks!
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...Throughout the month of November, where were short segments about Wildflowers on Entertainment Tonight, VH1, MTV: The Week In Rock and Extra. On December 16, CNN aired a brief interview with Tom on Showbiz Today.
... When VH1 aired their 1994 Top 50 Video Countdown, TP&HB's "Mary Jane's Last Dance" was Number 11!
On The Radio
Tom Petty was featured on the Westwood One radio show, "Wildflowers Weekend," which was broadcast in the United States the weekend of October 29, 1994.
Tom was also interviewed on "Off The Record With Mary Turner," Westwood One's radio interview show which aired near the end of November, 1994.
Online With Tom...
On November 15, Tom Petty answered questions from fans on Prodigy Online.
America Online also has a site for Tom Petty under the keyword: Warner/Reprise.
Wildflowers was released in the U.S. as a full length CD (see page 1 for details) and as a vinyl 12-inch double album.
You Don't Know How It Feels
The U.S. CD, cassette, and vinyl 7-inch singles feature "You Don't Know How It Feels" and "Girl On LSD," a track not included on the album.
The European CD singles include "You Don't Know How It Feels," "House In The Woods" and "Girl On LSD."
Both the album version and an "alternative" version (with the lyrics, "Let's hit another joint") are included on the promotional U.S. CD single which was sent to radio stations.
Answers to Dream Lyrics Challenge
1. Runnin' Down A Dream
2. Letting You Go
3. A Face In The Crowd
5. Wake Up Time
6. Hometown Blues
8. The Waiting
9. Too Good To Be True
10. Southern Accents
11. Deliver Me
12. No Second Thoughts
13. You Don't Know How It Feels
14. Shadow Of A Doubt
15. A Thing About You
16. Out In The Cold
18. Strangered In The Night
19. It's Good To Be King
February 1st to Heartbreaker
Enzo's enviromental message:
"Make love, not steak."
Answer to Tom Petty Trivia Question:
Notable Dates In Heartbreakers History:
January - February - March
January 1, 1977
- "Sounds" (U.K. magazine) named "Tom Petty's Heartbreakers" the "Best New Band (America)"
January 24, 1990
- TP&HB appeared on David Letterman's Anniversary Show, performing "A Face In The Crowd"
February 1, 1950
- Heartbreaker Mike Campbell was born!
February 17, 1977
- TP&HB performed at the Keystone in Berkeley, CA, (one of several U.S. performances including Winterland in San Francisco and The Whiskey in Los Angeles where the music press and the crowds went wild ... just before their history-making first U.K. tour in the Spring of 1977)
February 21, 1980
- TP appeared on his first cover of Rolling Stone
February 14, 1983
- TP&HB performed Valentines Day at the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville, Tennessee
- Tom recorded "Give Peace A Chance" with the Peace Choir to protest the Gulf War
- Southern Accents was released in the U.S.
Anything That's Rock 'N' Roll
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Official Fan Club
P.O. Box 260159
Encino, CA 91426-9998