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Happy Heartbreak
The Daily Mirror -- Saturday, June 24, 1978 

American rock singer Tom Petty wasn't in the least put out when he and his group, the Heartbreakers, were asked asked to join today's Knebworth Festival after Jeff Beck pulled out.

"We really owe the kids here a show," he said, "Although a festival is not really my favorite gig. A lot of people can't see properly and we'll be playing in daylight which will seem kind of weird.

"But I'm quite sure that everything will be great.

"Hopefully we'll be back in the autumn to do a full tour -- but nothing is definite yet."

  • 1978-07-08_St-Petersburg-Times

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Opinion: High energy heats up summertime rock
By Bob Ross
St. Petersburg Times - July 8, 1978

TAMPA -- Pop-rock punk-poet Patti Smith proclaimed her intentions quickly. Her powerful but ponderous show Friday night in Curtis Hixon Hall had just begun when the lyrical dervish-queen of New York new wave shouted to some 5,500 fans: "Tampa, tonight we're going to settle some scores!"

Miss Smith's fans still shudder at the memory of her last Suncoast concert. On Jan. 23, 1977, opening for Bob Seger in the same hall, Miss Smith tripped on equipment and tumbled seven feet from the stage to the concrete floor. The resulting injuries kept her in a neck brace and off stage for months.

As if an energetic show could erase the memory of a broken neck, Miss Smith led her four sidemen through a set that made up in intensity what it lacked in prettiness.

  • 1978-07-20_Boston-Globe

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Tom Petty catches on with lean, snapping beat
By Steve Morse
Boston Globe -- July 20, 1978

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS -- In concert with Donna Price at the Paradise on Sunday
Two years ago, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were the opening act at the Jazz Workshop, of all places. Al Kooper was the headliner, and that was when he had a slick 10-piece group that was supposed to help him along to his umpteenth comeback. The audience had come to see Kooper, but there was a pocketful of young rowdies who wouldn't let Petty and the Heartbreakers leave the stage. If truth be told, Petty did blow Kooper away during that engagement.

Since then, Petty et al have continued to improve their concise, joyously unrestrained brand of rock & roll, only this time a sizable audience has begun to catch on. Petty almost vanished from sight last year until his record company, ABC/Shelter, re-released his debut album and the single, "Breakdown," began ascending the charts.

Petty would seem to be unstoppable now. The band's second album, "You're Gonna Get It," has just been certified gold (500,000 units), and their Paradie appearance here was a cataclysmic success. "This is the only club we're playing on this tour, so we're making the most of it," Petty said between sets.

By Robin Welles
Reading Eagle - July 22, 1978

TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS -- You're Gonna Get It (Shelter) -- Petty is awash in melancholy as he picks through the litter of his life and emerges with some sordid, seamy statements about love and romance. If you've had too much of John Denver's pure air and mountain streams, Petty and crew will fill your lungs with invigorating smog.

Rolling Stone: Random Notes
By Fred Schruers
Youngstown Vindicator -- Saturday, July 29, 1978

Electricity was in the air for a recent Miami concert featuring Tom Petty and headliner Patti Smith, but it wasn't the kind that blurbwriters are always looking for.

The skies were full of flickering heat lightning when Petty took the stage at the Miami Jai Alai Fronton, but no one's sure just what caused the electrical connection that sent Petty staggering away from the microphone, badly shocked.

Petty proved himself a trouper by coming back on a few minutes later to finish his set, but they postponed the next night's Dayton, Ohio, gig to recuperate.

And Ms. Smith, who went past the hall's midnight deadline, had the power plug pulled on her but stayed onstage exhorting a far-from-capacity crowd (about a third of the 6,000 available seats were filled) by yelling out the words to The Who's "My Generation."

Petty’s new LP fits same mold
By Ken Freeman
The Daily Collegian – August 9, 1978

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. “You’re Gonna Get It!” Shelter – ABC Records. DA-52029.
Each song on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ first album has its own distinct magical quality, but on “You’re Gonna Get It!”, their new LP, all the songs fit a little too tightly into the same mold.

The problem (if it is a problem) is largely due to a production technique that gives every song the same kind of drunken glow. Look out! Hide your children! It’s the Tom Petty wall…er…ah…puddle of sound!

Petty’s got a distinctive sound he can call his own, but poor Petty overindulges. Sounds like he sacrificed some versatility in the production and rushed it a bit on the mixing board to product an economically compact sound.

Sight & Sound
By Margot Sinclair
Quesnel Cariboo Observer - Wednesday, August 9, 1978

Looking for a romantic rock album? Try "You're Gonna Get It," Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' latest.

Weekly commentary on rock and pop: Tom Petty is obsessed
By Jim Sullivan
Bangor Daily News - August 14, 1978

Tom Petty has an obsession with rock 'n' roll. It's not just a glamorous occupation; it's virtually the only life the 26-year-old leader of the heartbreakers has known. He started playing in Florida when he was 15 and moved to California five years ago with the attitude, "If I'm going to starve, there's no reason to go somewhere cold."

  • 1978-09-02_St-Petersburg-Independent

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Tune In: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
St. Petersburg Independent -- Saturday, September 2, 1978

After a great deal of confusion about whose hearts were being broken, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' second album has struck gold.

When the rock group's first album came out about two years ago, it went unadvertised and met stiff competition from new albums by the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. And to compound problems, New York Doll Johnny Thunder had a punk rock group also named the Heartbreakers. The press, thinking Petty's group was punk, ignored it.

But after highly successful American and European tours, there aren't any more identity problems. In fact, Petty is featured playing himself in the recent movie FM. I Need To Know is the single from the golden You're Gonna Get It album, and it's climbign the charts as fast as the album did.