The Petty Archives
  • 2002-07-01_Milwaukee-Journal-Sentinel

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Review: Petty basks in the sunshine
By Dave Tianen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Monday, July 1, 2002

Sample of new album promising
Several years ago, I ventured into a music store in search of a Roger McGuinn album. When teenager clerk No. 1 professed complete mystification, teenage clerk No. 2 came to the rescue.

"You know," he said, "that guy who sounds like Tom Petty."

Tom Petty would certainly enjoy that story because Roger McGuinn was a major influence of his, and when Petty reached back into the mist Sunday night at Summerfest for an oldie like "Here Comes My Girl," you're reminded of how much jangly impact the Byrds had on Petty.

But they are certainly not the sum of his art because like all the best rockers, he has taken his influences and made them his own.

  • 2002-07-06_Gaylord-Herald-Times

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Music: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers open tour in Grand Rapids
Gaylord Herald Times - Saturday, July 6, 2002

GRAND RAPIDS (Reuters) -- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers don't have a new album or any new product to promote.

So the group, newly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is simply damning the torpedoes for a 9 ½ week tour around North America this summer and giving the fans a taste of things to come.

"We've been sent here to raise hell and cause chaos," Petty told an opening night crowd of about 11,000 on June 27 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

He and the five Heartbreakers did just that with a spirited two-hour, 19-song performance that sampled hits from throughout the group's career and offered a preview of their next album, "The Last DJ," which is slated for release this fall.

  • 2002-07-07_Buffalo-News

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Petty cash
The Buffalo News - July 7, 2002

Hail, hail, rock 'n' roll.

Wednesday night, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers proved that rock 'n' roll is alive and well and living in America.

Opening with a fiery version of "Runnin' Down a Dream," Petty and band drove a capacity crowd, which ranged in age from 16 to 60, to an absolute frenzy.

What can we say? Mike Campbell, Mike Campbell, Mike Campbell. The guitarist for the Heartbreakers offered a mini-course in rock 'n' roll history. A night of celebratory genius.

Petty Returns To State, Ready To Roll
By Eric R. Danton
Hartford Courant - July 10, 2002

New stuff, old stuff -- fans of Tom Petty aren't picky.

In fact, they screamed enthusiastically for both when Petty and the Heartbreakers rocked out Monday night at Mohegan Sun Arena in the group's first Connecticut show since 1999.

The crowd had clearly pined for the nasal-voiced singer in the intervening years. Even Petty seemed overwhelmed at times by the raucous ovations rolling down the aisles to wash over him and his band during nearly 20 songs -- not one a dud.

"This is the most fun in the world," Petty said at one point, when the cheering had quieted enough for him to be heard.

Concert Review: Tom Petty performs for fans, not ego
By Pennie Carey
The Free Lance-Star - Thursday, July 25, 2002

BRISTOW -- Tom Petty doesn't need laser effects and dancing girls. His music is more than enough.

Petty and his backup band, The Heartbreakers, packed two hours last week at Nissan Pavilion with a quarter-century worth of memorable songs.

The show opened with "Running Down a Dream," which had fans leaping to their feet and dancing in the aisles with the first chords.

Other hits included "I Won't Back Down," "Even the Losers," "I Need to Know" and "Refugee."

Through an 18-song set and three encores, Petty enthusiastically played songs we all know. He's played them at every single concert for years because that's what the fans want -- it's very obvious that Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are about performing for their fans and not for themselves.

Editor’s Note: This is an Icelandic article and my translation of it. If you actually know Icelandic and would like to improve it, please contact me.

  • 2002-08-16_Morgunbladid

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Original Icelandic:
Nýtt frá Tom Petty

Síðasti plötusnúðurinn
Morgunblaðið - August 16, 2002

Gamla brýnið Tom Petty verður klár með nýja plötu 8. október næstkomandi. Að vanda er sveit hans, Heartbreakers, með í ráðum en platan  hið kúnstuga nafn The Last DJ. Upptökustjóri er sem fyrr George Drakoulias (sem m.a. hefur gert góða hluti með Black Crowes) og kemur þessi plata í kjölfar hinnar ágætu Echo, sem út kom árið 1999.

POP MUSIC: No, they won't back down
By Joel Selvin
The San Francisco Chronicle - August 25, 2002

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 17th album, "The Last DJ," won't be released until October, but the band has been previewing three of the new songs on its summer tour -- "Lost Children," "Have Love Will Travel" and "Can't Stop the Sun." The album is an angry screed, blasting greed in the corporate rock world, but the tour's set lists have been heavy with crowd favorites; and, with Jackson Browne opening the second half of the tour, expect the emphasis to be on good times and rock 'n' roll as they wrap up the series next weekend with two Northern California shows.

With Tom Petty, the Only Change is for the Better
By Tony Sauro
Stockton Record - September 2, 2002

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, with Jackson Browne | Saturday night | AutoWest Amphitheatre, Marysville
Some things never change.

Which, in the case of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, is a good thing.

For 27 years, with and without his band of brothers, Petty has established himself as one of rock and roll's most consistent, dependable and rewarding artists.

Musical Banquet
By Michael D. Clark
Houston Chronicle - Sunday, September 29, 2002

Store shelves overflow with fall releases
Oct. 8
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "The Last DJ" (Warner Bros.). Petty's last album, 1999's "Echo," rang with the sadness of Petty's divorce. Now happily remarried, "The Last DJ" stands to be a little more playful. Featured guests include Lindsey Buckingham and original Heartbreakers bassist Ron Blair, who hasn't played on a group studio album since 1985's "Southern Accents."