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2017-10-03 07:13:43 AM  
That set list says it all. Guy loved what he did and put his heart into every performance. I saw him twice and both times he played the songs you wanted to hear without any attitude. Many musicians cringe at playing their hits for the millionth time (looking at you, Lucky Wilbury), but not Tom Petty. A fan's concert if there ever was one.

I'll miss you, Tom.
 
2017-10-03 07:42:56 AM  
That and he took the time to autograph a few things for fans at the end when he was clearly exhausted.
 
2017-10-03 09:26:51 AM  
"We got time for one more - we're almost out of time."

Wow.  Never forget, every encore you take, could be your last.

/Not a bad one to leave behind for posterity.
//fark heart disease
///Third slashy is busy setting up a playlist for today.
 
2017-10-03 09:31:36 AM  
The "glowing skeleton" look of him in that video, normally an annoying feature of phone recordings, seemed really apt in this case.

I'd just like to say to Mike Campbell, though, after watching him butcher that lead: C'mon, maaaan!
 
2017-10-03 09:47:32 AM  
Another band I missed my shot at seeing live.    (._. )
 
2017-10-03 09:55:30 AM  
I have always thought "Woman in Love" was his best song. Dark, moody with sparse arrangements.
Not a big Petty fan but that is one that I really like. "Refugee" was cool too.
 
2017-10-03 09:56:09 AM  
My girlfriend and I went to see them at the end of July. They sounded great, but we were both wondering just how old all of em were.

/were
 
2017-10-03 10:03:49 AM  
Free Falling?
 
2017-10-03 10:14:08 AM  
God, they were such a great band live. Saw them twice. Once in 1991 and then in 2008. Both were amazing shows.
 
2017-10-03 10:21:57 AM  
Hell of a set list to go out on. From yesterday's thread, a few farkers saw his last few concerts. I regret never seeing Petty and the Heartbreakers.

/ RIP Tom
// thanks for the great tunes
/// say hey to George and Roy
 
2017-10-03 10:32:17 AM  
If his last song was American Girl, does that mean he's trapped in a pit in someone's crawlspace in Tennessee being asked to put on skin lotion?
 
2017-10-03 10:41:29 AM  
Without having read the article, I'm going to choose to believe that he closed out his last set with his finest song, the eternally-relevant "You're Jamming Me."

/"take back Joe Piscopooooaaaarrgh!" *thump*
 
2017-10-03 10:51:47 AM  
Heard on NPR this morning that his inspiration for "I Won't Back Down" was someone trying to kill him and his family by burning their house down. Screw you, arsonist!
 
2017-10-03 10:56:22 AM  

holdmybones: That set list says it all. Guy loved what he did and put his heart into every performance. I saw him twice and both times he played the songs you wanted to hear without any attitude. Many musicians cringe at playing their hits for the millionth time (looking at you, Lucky Wilbury), but not Tom Petty. A fan's concert if there ever was one.

I'll miss you, Tom.


The thing about Tom Petty was there was no pretense or artificial artistry. He loved to rock, he tried to write the best song he could, but he had this strange calmness when he wasn't rocking.

Also, he had a terrific sense of humor about himself, fully embracing the fact that he was a dead ringer for The Mad Hatter.
 
2017-10-03 11:04:21 AM  
Listening to him right now--all day long.

/tears
 
2017-10-03 11:09:11 AM  

cryinoutloud: Listening to him right now--all day long.

/tears


Yep.   I've been wiping tears away all morning.
 
2017-10-03 11:09:36 AM  
I'm wearing my '95 Dogs with Wings tour t-shirt.  It's ratty, frayed at the collar and sporting a conspicuous hole on the right shoulder, but I will never throw it away, and I would have worn it today even if it meant duct-taping the thing back together.

RIP Mr. Petty.
 
2017-10-03 11:11:17 AM  

TheotherMIguy: Heard on NPR this morning that his inspiration for "I Won't Back Down" was someone trying to kill him and his family by burning their house down. Screw you, arsonist!


Yeah, I heard an interview with him after that happened. He was just dumbfounded. Couldn't imagine how somebody could be that evil. Cuz he was just a stoner musician and he couldn't imagine it.

Proletariat In Charge: Hell of a set list to go out on. From yesterday's thread, a few farkers saw his last few concerts. I regret never seeing Petty and the Heartbreakers.
/ RIP Tom
// thanks for the great tunes
/// say hey to George and Roy


I said that Tom Petty was probably the only artist that I'd brave one of those giant stadium shows to go see. I guess I should have done it.
 
2017-10-03 11:21:32 AM  
I'm in there somewhere. Showed up with no ticket and stood in cancellation line. Got a single in front row Garden box. Great show!

factoryconnection:
I'd just like to say to Mike Campbell, though, after watching him butcher that lead: C'mon, maaaan!

Haha yea. Not his cleanest runs there but he still had a good night. It is freakin Mike Campbell after all. Love that tone.
 
2017-10-03 11:27:26 AM  

Proletariat In Charge: Hell of a set list to go out on. From yesterday's thread, a few farkers saw his last few concerts. I regret never seeing Petty and the Heartbreakers.

/ RIP Tom
// thanks for the great tunes
/// say hey to George and Roy


I got to see him once in the early 90's.  My wife never did get to see him.  He was on the list but we figured we'd have a few more years.  Not going to pass up any shows if I can help it now.
 
2017-10-03 11:29:24 AM  
Saw him once 3 years ago. I really enjoyed the travelling guitar Hall of Fame which he and his band employed. Several guitars were pulled out for just one song (such as an Explorer or a Rick).  I wondered if they got new strings each night.

Props to the author of this 2012 article for "the fencing is the hardest part". Wonder what his Fark handle is.
http://www.scpr.org/blogs/news/2012/04/17/5635/tom-pettys-stolen-guit​a​rs-recovered-suspect-arrest/
 
2017-10-03 11:29:24 AM  

craigdamage: I have always thought "Woman in Love" was his best song. Dark, moody with sparse arrangements.


No need to name a best for me and the lyrics don't look all that on paper but hearing him sing that song was chilling. Lovely song writing. He really captured a feeling perfectly there. You got a girl you love right there with you in your bed and she's lonely... just not for you. Ain't no feeling like that and Tom really captured it - just fantastic songwriting.

Another song of his that was not a big hit but just had magnificent phrasing was "Something Big"

Speedball rang the night clerk
Said, "Send me up a drink"
The night clerk said "It's Sunday man, ...wait a minute
Let me think
There's a little place outside of town that might
Still have some wine"
Speedball said, "Forget it, can I have an outside line?


I farking love that verse sung in the petty twang. RIP Tom.
 
2017-10-03 11:44:26 AM  

sonnyboy11: Haha yea. Not his cleanest runs there but he still had a good night. It is freakin Mike Campbell after all. Love that tone.


I really have always liked his style and tone, which is why listening to him trip over something he's played 1000 times live was glaring.
 
2017-10-03 11:54:35 AM  
Awesome setlist, but no 'The Waiting'?

So sad.
R.I.P TP
 
2017-10-03 12:06:08 PM  

factoryconnection: sonnyboy11: Haha yea. Not his cleanest runs there but he still had a good night. It is freakin Mike Campbell after all. Love that tone.

I really have always liked his style and tone, which is why listening to him trip over something he's played 1000 times live was glaring.


Mike Campbell got it. Play the song. Play a face melting lead for a few seconds and back off. Leave them wanting more, don't wank around for three minutes.
 
2017-10-03 12:18:33 PM  

AppleChill: I really enjoyed the travelling guitar Hall of Fame which he and his band employed. Several guitars were pulled out for just one song (such as an Explorer or a Rick). I wondered if they got new strings each night.


www.vintageguitar.com
http://www.vintageguitar.com/26134/26134/

Campbell got a cover story for Vintage Guitar in July.  I can't find the interview online but I know you could easily order the back issue from them.  Great interview, and they 'profile' about a dozen or so guitars he and Tom acquired over the years.
 
2017-10-03 12:26:01 PM  
been listening to the Live Anthology box set for the first time. Absolutely incredible both as a live album and as a box set, one of the absolute best of either i have ever heard. Top notch performances in crystal clear sound from concerts  spread through most of his career. Sad i never saw him live but this truly is the next best thing. He was one of the Greats.

Tom Petty- Even The Losers (Live)
Youtube Sz6t6L53gak
 
2017-10-03 12:44:49 PM  

rickythepenguin: AppleChill: I really enjoyed the travelling guitar Hall of Fame which he and his band employed. Several guitars were pulled out for just one song (such as an Explorer or a Rick). I wondered if they got new strings each night.

[www.vintageguitar.com image 215x260]
http://www.vintageguitar.com/26134/26134/

Campbell got a cover story for Vintage Guitar in July.  I can't find the interview online but I know you could easily order the back issue from them.  Great interview, and they 'profile' about a dozen or so guitars he and Tom acquired over the years.


Thanks, that is awesome. Swooning over the 1950 Broadcaster. The full article is available from the link you posted.  http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201707_v2/inde​x.php#/82
 
2017-10-03 12:46:22 PM  

factoryconnection: The "glowing skeleton" look of him in that video, normally an annoying feature of phone recordings, seemed really apt in this case.

I'd just like to say to Mike Campbell, though, after watching him butcher that lead: C'mon, maaaan!


I used to play guitar in a band that covered American Girl and I would also often butcher that solo.  So now I don't feel so bad!
 
2017-10-03 12:50:11 PM  

Darth_Lukecash: holdmybones: That set list says it all. Guy loved what he did and put his heart into every performance. I saw him twice and both times he played the songs you wanted to hear without any attitude. Many musicians cringe at playing their hits for the millionth time (looking at you, Lucky Wilbury), but not Tom Petty. A fan's concert if there ever was one.

I'll miss you, Tom.

The thing about Tom Petty was there was no pretense or artificial artistry. He loved to rock, he tried to write the best song he could, but he had this strange calmness when he wasn't rocking.

Also, he had a terrific sense of humor about himself, fully embracing the fact that he was a dead ringer for The Mad Hatter.


I's say if Rock-N-Roll were a turkey dinner, Tom would be a heapin helping of mashed potatoes.
 
2017-10-03 12:52:40 PM  

AppleChill: The full article is available from the link you posted. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201707_v2/index.php#/82


Huh, sharper eyes than me!

they usually sidebar/profile the artist's guitars.....the article does a few as you see but not in the way i remembered.  *shrug*
 
2017-10-03 01:00:15 PM  

raerae1980: Another band I missed my shot at seeing live.    (._. )


All of the ones on my list are now dead....
 
2017-10-03 01:00:59 PM  
I saw him on his Tom Petty and Friends tour with the Allman Brothers. It was horrible. He hardly played a hit, did a bunch of covers and made them really long jam style. He was having fun and it was one of those tours that was clearly for him. I hate jam bands so I loathed that night.

I swore Tom Petty off for years after despite me liking his albums immensely. I finally was like well the 40th anniversary tour he has to do the hits. So I bought a ticket in late July to his show in Philly and he was fantastic. Played for over two hours and it was hit after hit and I got to hear my favorite song Into the Great Wide Open. Glad I gave him another shot. I would have regretted it.

RIP Mad Hatter
 
2017-10-03 01:08:54 PM  

Uzzah: Without having read the article, I'm going to choose to believe that he closed out his last set with his finest song, the eternally-relevant "You're Jamming Me."

/"take back Joe Piscopooooaaaarrgh!" *thump*


Always wondered if they updated that on occasion live...

Take back your iranian torture
And the apple in young Steve's eye

Iranians still being a thing, and Steve being Jobs of Apple...maybe not much need.

I had my complete discography on rotation on the drive home and Jammin' Me hit, and the last line:

Take back that country club
They're tryin' to build outside my door

I swear, maybe due to volume or Petty, I heard:

Take back that country club
Trump built outside my door

and I farking LOL'd.

Here, check yourselves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCFAzPl1QmE

About 3:05 or so, if you need to skip ahead.
 
2017-10-03 01:09:52 PM  
I'm sorry he died but I am somewhat surprised at how much of a fan favorite he really was. I like some of his songs but a lot of them I'm indifferent about. They're OK but nothing I'd ever purposely pick out to play for my own pleasure.
 
2017-10-03 01:12:11 PM  

Clash City Farker: Darth_Lukecash: holdmybones: That set list says it all. Guy loved what he did and put his heart into every performance. I saw him twice and both times he played the songs you wanted to hear without any attitude. Many musicians cringe at playing their hits for the millionth time (looking at you, Lucky Wilbury), but not Tom Petty. A fan's concert if there ever was one.

I'll miss you, Tom.

The thing about Tom Petty was there was no pretense or artificial artistry. He loved to rock, he tried to write the best song he could, but he had this strange calmness when he wasn't rocking.

Also, he had a terrific sense of humor about himself, fully embracing the fact that he was a dead ringer for The Mad Hatter.

I's say if Rock-N-Roll were a turkey dinner, Tom would be a heapin helping of mashed potatoes.


Garlic mashed potatos?
 
2017-10-03 01:25:06 PM  
Got Tom streaming on Spotify all day today. He really didn't have a single bad song, in my opinion.  If he did, I haven't heard it.
 
2017-10-03 01:27:22 PM  
I love Tom Petty, but I feel obligated to point out he was obviously (partially) lip-syncing at that Hollywood Bowl concert, for parts that involved high notes. Watch the "Free Falling" video, at 2:41. He free-fell out of sync.
 
2017-10-03 01:30:45 PM  
Sad to even post this:

img.fark.net
 
2017-10-03 01:34:06 PM  

RomeoEightJuliet: Got Tom streaming on Spotify all day today. He really didn't have a single bad song, in my opinion.  If he did, I haven't heard it.


Doing the same as I sit here at the computer working on editing all day. So many memories coming back. Saw him live in '99 (I think) in Nashville, then again the next time he came back. Incredible shows both times. Had his discography on permanent rotation in my car all during high school and my first attempt at college.
 
2017-10-03 01:53:26 PM  
One of my prized possessions is a recording of the last show he performed at the Fillmore in SF back in '97. The local radio station KFOG aired the concert live. I recorded the last of the 20-show run which ended up being three cassettes of pure gold.
 
2017-10-03 02:12:05 PM  
I've seen him three times. I like to throw on the album Wildflowers in March when the snow melts. He'll be missed.
 
2017-10-03 02:15:24 PM  

RomeoEightJuliet: Got Tom streaming on Spotify all day today. He really didn't have a single bad song, in my opinion.  If he did, I haven't heard it.


I have hours of him on my MP3, and I think I've deleted about five of them. Every once in a while I think, I have so much Tom Petty on here, but I never delete any of them, even the ones from Refugee.
 
2017-10-03 02:35:08 PM  

TNel: Sad to even post this:

[img.fark.net image 490x367]


Like I always say about keith - he has not even yet reached average life expectancy yet and he has always been able to afford the very best pure stuff and he's been able to sleep until past noon the vast majority of his life. The average alcoholic construction worker who likes a bit of coke now and again is way more of a miracle to be alive at 73 than keith richards. The only reason it's even a meme is he looked 60 when he was only 40. Also, he quit using heroin decades ago. It's not a miracle he's alive - he has the best medical care money can buy and he quit using junk before he turned 40. Still funny though I guess.
 
2017-10-03 02:38:40 PM  

zappaisfrank: I'm sorry he died but I am somewhat surprised at how much of a fan favorite he really was.


Really? He wrote dozens of hit songs and sold out arenas for nearly 30 years. He was one of the biggest rock star singer-songwriters in America, on par with Springsteen.
 
2017-10-03 02:44:46 PM  

I Like Bread: I've seen him three times. I like to throw on the album Wildflowers in March when the snow melts. He'll be missed.


Glad to see that was in his last setlist, the single is one of his best.
 
Ant
2017-10-03 03:32:01 PM  

germ78: If his last song was American Girl, does that mean he's trapped in a pit in someone's crawlspace in Tennessee being asked to put on skin lotion?


No, he's forever living the opening scene of Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
 
2017-10-03 04:11:25 PM  

Ant: germ78: If his last song was American Girl, does that mean he's trapped in a pit in someone's crawlspace in Tennessee being asked to put on skin lotion?

No, he's forever living the opening scene of Fast Times at Ridgemont High.


That was "We Got the Beat".

Fast Times At Ridgemont High - intro - (1982)
Youtube VUMTshUflTg

You mean the 1st day of school.
 
2017-10-03 04:27:40 PM  

TheotherMIguy: Heard on NPR this morning that his inspiration for "I Won't Back Down" was someone trying to kill him and his family by burning their house down. Screw you, arsonist!


...and he invited him to the CONCERT THAT NIGHT. And he looked him right in the eye and SANG THAT SONG TO HIM.
 
2017-10-03 04:59:43 PM  
Glad I got to see Petty and the Heartbreakers live.  I need to look at my list again.  I had been lucky enough to get to see Bo Diddley twice and B.B. King once before they passed.  I have a few more I don't want to mention by name because they are still alive, but I had made it a priority because you never know.

Petty I saw at Red Rocks.  The Blind Boys of Alabama were the opening act.  I had not known who they were at the time and my work schedule meant I didn't show up until midway through their set and I was wondering what bad stereotype I'd walked into.  I felt bad later when I learned who they were and what they were about.  I've always felt that Red Rocks has an ability to get bands to raise their game a little and it was just a great night.  Tench and Campbell both had excellent extended solos while Mr. Petty took a break to presumably breathe in that sweet mountain air...and nothing else...just air, really (pot wasn't legal then).  When he came back the band turned it up.  Great night.

/I also liked Petty's appearances on It's Garry Shandling's Show.
 
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