Sunday, February 11, 2018

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - 2017-05-30 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
May 30, 2017
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO

Audience recording, good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

To wrap up this extended tribute to Tom Petty, we end right back where we started, on the 40th Anniversary Tour of 2017. But before we get there...Following the Hypnotic Eye tour in 2014, Petty reconvened with his old band Mudcrutch once again in 2015, to record their second album. And this time, although Petty wrote and sang lead on most of the songs, each member of the band wrote and sang lead on their own song. The album, Mudcrutch 2, was released in May 2016, and this time it was also supported by a full-scale U.S. tour, the first for Mudcrutch.  I previously posted a great show from this tour (2016-6-20 - San Francisco_available here). After this Mudcrutch Tour, Tom got back with the Heartbreakers and began preparing for their 40th Anniversary Tour in 2017, which was to be a big celebration tour of the history of the band, the culmination of their 40 years as a band. Of course, at the time no one knew that it would be Tom's last. It was a big tour, covering 53 dates (in 24 states, plus Canada and 1 show in London) over 6 months from April to August 2017. Although he never let on to fans, Tom was hurting the whole time, as early on in the tour Tom suffered a fractured hip. But not wanting to cancel the tour and disappoint fans, Tom soldiered on to complete the tour, which he did in dramatic fashion. However, in the meantime, the fractured hip got much worse, and apparently Tom was also suffering from some other problems as well, and subsequently died of cardiac arrest due to accidental overdose of pain medication, just one week after the end of the tour. We all felt the tragic loss of Tom's passing. Truely one of the all-time greats of rock n roll, and just an all-around great guy, who still had a lot more to offer. But he left behind a tremendous body of work and such unforgettable music. I've already posted one of the very last shows from this very last tour (2017-9-22 - Hollywood - here), but here is a show from earlier in the tour, at Red Rocks in Colorado. And it has some special features itself. Although the setlist was pretty much the same through the whole tour, this show had a couple of additional surprises. The show was interrupted by a rain delay (lightning threats caused the show to be stopped in the middle), but after resuming, Tom played a special added song, 'Swingin', from Echo, which had not been played at any show in many years. Later in the show, there was a technical problem with Tom's guitar, and the band played a Jam on 'Johnny B. Goode' while the issue was being dealt with, which then lead to a full-scale rendition of another Chuck Berry song, 'Carol'. For all these songs, this was the only show that they were played at, makng this night even more special than other dates on this sensational tour.  So, here is Tom and The Heartbreakers on their last tour together, on a special night at Red Rocks. In this tribute, I have presented a brief chronology of his extraordinary career through concert shows, a total of 17 shows from throughout all stages of his 40-plus year career. Thank you Tom, for all the great music you created and provided for all of us. We will continue to honor and cherish it, forever. You were a true original and there will never be another quite like you. For the rest of The Heartbreakers, here's hoping that you will still be able to continue on in some form, as one of the best bands around.

Set 1
1. Intro
2. Rockin Around With You
3. Mary Jane's Last Dance
4. You Don't Know How It Feels
5. Forgotten Man
6. You Got Lucky
7. I Won't Back Down
8. Free Fallin'
9. Walls
RAIN DELAY (about 30 min)
Set 2
10. Swingin' (Only performance this tour)
11. Don't Come Around Here No More
12. It's Good to Be King
13. Crawling Back to You
14. Wildflowers
15. Johnny B. Goode Jam(while they try and fix Tom's acoustic)->
16. Carol
17. Learning To Fly
18. Yer So Bad
19. I Should Have Known It
20. Refugee
21. Runnin Down a Dream
22. You Wreck Me
23. American Girl

FLAC - Tom Petty_2017-05-30_Morrison, CO_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Tom Petty_2017-05-30_Morrison, CO_mp3.part1.rar
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Friday, February 2, 2018

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 2014-10-05 - SAP Center, San Jose, CA

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
October 05, 2014
SAP Center, San Jose, CA

Audience Recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Before and after a brief tour in the Spring of 2013 (which included week-long residencies in New York and L.A.), Tom and the band returned to the studio to work on their next album. For this album, after journeying into more bluesy and acoustic rock in recent years, they returned to straight-ahead Rock n' Roll, in what was a return to a style more like their first two albums than anything from more recent years. The result, which was Hypnotic Eye (2014), turned out to be the best album from the band in many years. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart, which was (quite surprisingly) the only Petty album to reach #1, showing they still had what it takes. Unfortunately, due to Tom's shocking death in 2017, this would turn out to be the last studio from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, their 13th (not counting Tom's 3 solo albums). Shortly after the release of the album, Tom and the band took to the road in the second half of 2014 for an extensive U.S. tour. This is a show from San Jose in October (and one of the best sounding audience recordings from these shows that I have found). It features 4 new songs from Hypnotic Eye, as well as a fine cross-section of hits and favorites from their catalog, and even a new cover of  'Steppin' Stone', as a tribute to 60's band Paul Revere and The Raiders (as Paul Revere had recently died). Once again, another great show from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

01. Intro
02. So You Want to Be a Rock ’n Roll Star
03. Mary Jane’s Last Dance
04. American Dream Plan B
05. Into the Great Wide Open
06. Forgotten Man
07. I Won’t Back Down
08. Free Fallin’
09. (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
10. -band intros-
11. A Woman in Love (It’s Not Me)
12. U Get Me High
13. Rebels
14. Yer So Bad
15. Learning to Fly
16. Shadow People
17. I Should Have Known It
18. Refugee
19. Runnin’ Down a Dream
20. You Wreck Me
21. American Girl
Total Time: 110:17

FLAC - Tom Petty_2014-10-05_SanJose,CA_FLAC.rar

Mp3 - Tom Petty_2014-10-05_SanJose,CA_Mp3.part1.rar
          Tom Petty_2014-10-05_SanJose,CA_Mp3.part2.rar

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 2012-06-29 - Summer Festival, Lucca, Italy

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
June 29, 2012
Summer Festival Lucca
Piazza Napoleone, Lucca, Italy

Soundboard Recording, Excellent Quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

When we last left Tom, he was on a brief tour with his re-vamped old group Mudcrutch, following the release of their album, in 2008. Following that Spring mini-tour, Tom returned to The Heartbreakers for a more conventional tour with The Heartbreakers throughout thwe rest of 2008. In 2009, they head to the studio to record a new album, Tom's first with The Heartbreakers in nearly 8 years (Last DJ). But for this new album, Tom had a little different plan. This would be more of a bluesy, R&B-oriented record, with a looser structure, more jamming, and recorded as much as possible as Live in the studio (no layering, overdubs, etc.). The result was Mojo (2010). The response to the album depended on what style of Petty you preferred, those that like the bluesier style loved it, while those that like more catchy hooks, harmonies, and choruses, were less impressed. The band toured through the summer of 2010 in support of the album, and hen released a single-disc live album from the Mojo tour in 2011, Mojo Tour 2010, but otherwise, pretty much took 2011 off from recording and touring. They returned to the road in 2012, for both a US and European tour. Here is an excellent-sounding soundboard recording from a summer festival in Lucca, Italy. Overall, the setlist is fairly routine, but does include a few unique features, including 2 new songs from Mojo ('Good Enough' and 'I Should Have Known It'), bringing back a couple older songs that hadn't been played in awhile ('Here Comes My Girl' and 'Something Big', and one rare song, only played live, and only at a handful of shows, 'Two Men Talking', a rarity designed for jammin' and solos. Overall, another great show worth hearing.

 1. Listen to Her Heart
 2. You Wreck Me
 3. I Won't Back Down
 4. Here Comes My Girl
 5. Handle with Care
 6. Good Enough
 7. Oh Well
 8. Something Big
 9. Don't Come Around Here No More
 10. Band intro
 11. Free Fallin'
 12. It's Good to Be King
 13. Carol
 14. Learning to Fly
 15. Yer So Bad
 16. I Should Have Known It
 17. Refugee
 18. Runnin' Down a Dream
 19. Mary Jane's Last Dance
 20. Two Men Talking
 21. American Girl

 Tom Petty - vocals, guitar
 Mike Campbell - guitar, vocals
 Benmont Tench - keyboards
 Ron Blair - bass, vocals
 Scott Thurston - guitar, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
 Steve Ferrone - drums

FLAC - Tom Petty_2012-06-29_Lucca,IT_FLAC.part1.rar
             Tom Petty_2012-06-29_Lucca,IT_FLAC.part2.rar

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Mudcrutch - 2008-04-14 - Santa Cruz, CA

April 14, 2008
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, CA

Audience recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (256 kbps) versions

Continuing with Tom Petty's musical history and tour chronology: Inspired by all the old stories and memories stirred up during the making of the Petty Documentary film Runnin' Down a Dream (2007), Tom wanted to re-connect with his old bandmates from Mudcrutch, his earlier pre-Heartbreakers band in Gainesville, FL. But more than just re-connect and reminisce, Tom wanted to plat with them again, and decided to reunite the band and make new music together. So, Tom took the very unusual step of leaving his current, very successful band The Heartbreakers (at least temporarily), to re-form his earlier, unsuccessful band, Mudcrutch. Now, it helped that the core of Mudcrutch,Tom's 2 closest friends and bandmates for over 30 years, Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, were also the core of The Heartbreakers. The other components were Tom Leadon (brother of Ex-eagle Bernie Leadon), co-lead guitarist and vocalist, and Randall Marsh on drums. For Mudcrutch, Petty returned to his former role with the band, as bass player and vocalist (no guitar at all). Mudcrutch had more of a country-rock, folk-rock background, as well as traditional rock n roll, and that is what they went for. I've told the story of Mudcrutch before, so for more on the early days of the band, see here and here. Anyway, in 2007 they reconvened to work on a new album featuring a mix of old (traditional) and new songs. The result was the self-titled album, Mudcrutch, released in 2008. Although Petty wrote and sang lead on most of the songs, Tom Leadon and Benmont Tench each wrote and sang lead on at least one song. Although the album was more 'country' than anythng Petty had ever released, and contained multiple songs with a bluegrass feel, the album was a major success, and was bolstered by the single 'Scare Easy'. Petty with Mudcrutch only did a very limited tour (only covering several dates in in California) that year (2008). All Mudcrutch shows were at smaller venues, and only Mudcrutch songs were played (that is, none of Petty's more famous hits mixed in). Later that year, a Live EP, Extended Play Live! was released featuring a handful of songs from that tour. After that, Petty returned to his 'day job' working with the Heartbreakers, and that seemed to be the end of Mudcrutch again, a wonderful little musical diversion, than back to business. However, it worked so well that several years later, Tom went back to his old band once again, for another new album and another round of fun with Mudcrutch 2 (2016).
Anyway, here is one of those shows from the very short Mudcrutch CA tour in 2008. This is an audience recording, but a very good one at that, very nice sound. They play their entire album, as well as some other classic roots rock covers. Enjoy!    

1. Shady Grove
 - banter
2. Orphan of the Storm
3. Six Days on the Road
 - banter
4. I Don't Scare Easy
5. You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine
6. Good Street
7. Lover of the Bayou
8. Band Intros
9. Queen of the Go-Go Girls
10. Oh Maria
11. Topanga Cowgirl
12. The Wrong Thing to Do
13. Bootleg Flyer
14. June Apple - website Banter
15. House of Stone
16. Love Please Come Home
17. Crystal River
18. Rainy Day Women #12 & #35
19. Summertime Blues
20. High School Confidential

Mudcrutch is:
Tom Petty - Bass Guitar, Lead Vocal
Mike Campbell - Lead Guitar
Tom Leadon - Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Benmont Tench - Piano, Organ
Randall Marsh - Drums

FLAC - Mudcrutch_2008-04-14_Santa Cruz_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Mudcrutch_2008-04-14_Santa Cruz_mp3.rar

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 2006-09-21 - 30th Anniversary Concert, Gainesville, FL (Update)

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
(with Special Guest Stevie Nicks)
30th Anniversary Concert,
O'Connell Center, University of Florida,
Gainesville, FL

FM Broadcast Recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions
(Update of previous post to now provide this show in lossless as well as mp3)

Continuing with our Tom Petty retrospective: After The Last DJ album and tour (2002-2003), Petty's next album project was another solo album, his third, and for this one he went back to his Traveling Wilburys co-hort, friend, and producer Jeff Lynne, who he had not worked with as a producer since Into The Great Wide Open (1991). And for this album, instead of using the Heartbreakers and other guest musicians, Petty, guitarist Mike Campbell, and Lynne actually played all the instruments on all the tracks. The result was Highway Companion (2006), another quality album, although perhaps not quite up to the heights of Full Moon Fever and Wildflowers, but a very good album nonetheless. Also during this time, Petty and the band were working with Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich on a retrospective documentary chronicling the history of Petty and The Heartbreakers, to mark the 30th Anniversary of the band. The film culminated in what was designated as the 30th Anniversary Concert, held in Petty's hometown, Gainesville, FL, and which also featured Stevie Nicks as a special guest. This concert, which was broadcast live on the radio, and also filmed, was later included in some deluxe versions of the film on DVD box sets. The film was eventually released in 2007, titled Runnin' Down a Dream, premiered at the New York Film Festival, and had a running time of nearly 4 hrs. It is a great document of the band, contains many interviews and great concert footage, and actually needed the 4 hr runtime to do justice with the band and its history. Note: it was in making the documentary, and reliving all the old stories of the band, that rekindled Petty's interest in his original band Mudcrutch, and lead to him reviving Mudcrutch as his next musical project. So, anyway, here is the Gainesville 30th Anniversary concert (which I have posted previously, but now also available in a FLAC version). More info on the concert is available in the original post here. Notably, Petty only included one song, 'Saving Grace', from the newly released solo album (Highway Companion) at this or any of the other shows around this time, as he apparently wanted to highlight his history with the band, and other than Mike, the Heartbreakers were not included on the new album sessions. However, he did include several songs from his other solo albums, as well as other songs with Stevie. Overall, a fine show, and a very enthusiastic hometown crowd.

01 Intro
02 Listen To Her Heart
03 Mary Jane's Last Dance
04 I Won't Back Down
05 Free Fallin'
06 Saving Grace
07 I'm A Man
08 Oh Well
09 Handle With Care
10 Band Intros
11 Stevie Nicks Intro
12 Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (with Stevie Nicks)
13 I Need To Know (with Stevie Nicks)
14 It's Good To Be King
15 Songs About The South
16 Down South
17 Southern Accents
18 Insider (with Stevie Nicks)
19 Learning To Fly (Acoustic - with Stevie Nicks)
20 Don't Come Around Here No More (with Stevie Nicks)
21 Runnin' Down A Dream
22 You Wreck Me
23 Mystic Eyes
24 American Girl (with Stevie Nicks)

Tom Petty - Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
Mike Campbell - Lead Guitar
Benmont Tench - Keyboards
Steve Ferrone - Drums
Ron Blair - Bass
Scott Thurston - Various

Guest: Stevie Nicks - lead and background vocals

FLAC - Tom Petty_2006-09-21_Gainesville_FM_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Tom Petty_2006-09-21_Gainesville_FM_mp3.part1.rar
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Links updated 01/25/2017

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 1978-12-31 - New Year's Eve Show, Santa Monica, CA

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
1978-12-31 (New Year's Eve)
Santa Monica, CA

Soundboard recording, excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320kbps) versions

What a year it has been. A year with much upheaval, and, once again, the loss of so many iconic rockers. Just since October and the incomprehensibly tragic and unexpected death of Tom Petty, when I started this tribute to him and his fantastic contribution to rock music, there have been several more deaths of outstanding rock musicians. From Fats Domino, to more recently and unexpectedly, power pop sensation Tommy Keene, and Smithereens singer-songwriter and frontman, Pat DiNizio, all major losses to the music world. But, as always, their music will be remembered and live on, and for the rest of us, time keeps moving, and we must keep moving on too, to the new year.

Continuing the tradition of featuring classic New Year's Eve shows for New Year's Eve, and this year also continuing with our Tom Petty tribute, here is the only Petty NYE show recording I know of, and it is a great one. This one goes back to 1978, and, in addition to it being a NYE show, it has some unique features that make it extra special. Remember, this came at a time when Petty was still working on the album that would be his real breakthrough, Damn the Torpedoes, but also would be much delayed in its release due to Petty's issues and legal problems with his record company (resulting in lawsuits, Petty's bankruptcy, and refusal to back down - see previous story related to this time). This show features previews of 2 new songs that would be on the new album (which would not be released until late 1979), 'Casa Dega' and 'Refugee', and of special note is that this is one of the only times 'Casa Dega' was ever played live at a Petty show (it was not included in the setlists of any shows post-album release). Another rarely played song featured at this show was 'Mystery Man' from their first album. So, here is a great NYE show featuring some rarely played gems in addition to the usual high-quality Petty songs and jams from this time. Since this show was relatively short (about an hour), I've added a couple more songs from the 1977-11-11 Capitol Studios show (in superb quality - 4 songs from this show were previously featured with the 1977 Record Plant post).
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year, and a hope that 2018 is better than 2017.

1. Intro
2. I Need to Know
3. Surrender
4. Fooled Again (I Don't Like It)
5. Casa Dega
6. Refugee
7. You're Gonna Get It
8. Mystery Man
9. American Girl
10. Breakdown
11. Too Much Ain't Enough
12. New Year's Announcement
13. Shout (The Isley Brothers cover)
Bonus tracks (1977-11-11 Capitol Studios, Hollywood)
14. Listen to Her Heart
15. Strangered in the Night

FLAC - Tom Petty_1978-12-31_Santa Monica CA_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Tom Petty_1978-12-31_Santa Monica CA_FLAC.rar

Friday, December 22, 2017

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 2002-07-05 - Saratoga Springs, NY

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
July 5, 2002
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

Audience master recording, excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Continuing with Tom Petty's Musical History. By 2001, Tom had recovered from his heroin addiction and had just married Dana York, whose relationship had re-charged his life. And by the end of 2001, The band learned they would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But the latter months of 2001 also were filled with tragedy, from the 9/11 terror attack to the death of Tom's friend, George Harrison. And although Petty was now clean and drug-free, bassist Howie Epstein was mired ever more deeply in drug addiction and was no longer able to function in the band. Petty and the rest of the band tried everything they could to get help for Epstein and get him through this, but Howie just kept going back to drugs. Finally, the band had to just move on without him. On their next album, Petty and Mike Campbell played bass on most of the songs, and then they brought back original bassist Ron Blair to play on a couple tracks, and then to join them on their 2002 tour, and eventually, full-time back as a Heartbreaker. Tragically, Howie Epstein would later die of a heroin overdose in 2003. For that next album, which became The Last DJ (2002), Tom still had some things gnawing at him that he wanted to get off his chest, and several songs on The Last DJ were sharp attacks on the Music Industry, their greed and unfair practices. Because of this, the album was unsurprisingly not well-received by the industry, and it became one of the band's least heard and poorest-selling albums. But, also not surprisingly and as usual, the album actually contains many very good songs. Here is a show from their 2002 tour, an audience recording, but with excellent sound quality. This show was actually from earlier in the year, before The Last DJ was released, so there were only 3 songs from the new album featured ('Have Love Will Travel', 'Lost Children', and 'Can't Stop the Sun'). Later in the tour, around the time of the album release, many more songs from the album were played, so I have included 4 additional songs from The Last DJ that were played at the November Las Vegas show. Check out another great show as well as the new Last DJ songs (Note: There actually was one more Last DJ song played at the Vegas show, 'Good Kid Gone Bad' -for a total of 8 new songs from the album in that show!, but the recording for that one was messed up, so I did not include it here.

1. Intro
2. Runnin' Down a Dream
3. I Won't Back Down
4. I Need to Know
5. Mary Jane's Last Dance
6. Have Love Will Travel
7. Here Comes My Girl
8. Even the Losers
9. You Don't Know How it Feels
10. It's Good to Be King
11. Lost Children
12. Rebels (acoustic)
13. Learning to Fly (acoustic)
14. Yer So Bad (acoustic)
15. Can't Stop the Sun
16. Refugee
17. Too Much Ain't Enough
18. You Wreck Me
19. Free Fallin'
20. Gloria
21. American Girl
Bonus Tracks (2002-11-01 - Las Vegas, NV))
22. The Last DJ
23. Dreamville
24. Joe
25. Like a Diamond

FLAC - Tom Petty_2002-07-05_SaratogaSpringsNY_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Tom Petty_2002-07-05_SaratogaSpringsNY_mp3.part1.rar
          Tom Petty_2002-07-05_SaratogaSpringsNY_mp3.part2.rar