The Petty Archives

Some free talking with Tom Petty
Daytona Beach News-Journal - April 23, 1995

Tom Petty admits he's no heartbreaker.

"I didn't get into this to be a pinup," said Petty, whose current album, "Wildflowers" is in its sixth month on the Billboard charts. "I wanted to be taken seriously as far as writing songs, making music. The other thing limits your run, really."

The 44-year-old superstar said adoring fans, platinum albums and sold-out concerts don't make someone royalty -- even the rock 'n' roll kind.

"Maybe a man's king when he's fallen in love and raised a family," Petty said in the May 4 issue of Rolling Stone. "Maybe that's the greatest reward there is in life. And, strangely enough, available to any one."

Petty is married with no children.