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

mp3 - Tom Petty_2012-06-29_Lucca,IT_MP3.part1.rar
          Tom Petty_2012-06-29_Lucca,IT_MP3.part2.rar

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
          Tom Petty_2006-09-21_Gainesville_FM_mp3.part2.rar
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