October, 2000 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Headlines

October 3, 2000 - TWO-CD 'TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS ANTHOLOGY: THROUGH
THE YEARS' INCLUDES ALL THEIR HITS AND FAVORITES PLUS NEW TRACK "SURRENDER"

(Click here for more information)

 
September - 2000
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Headlines


September 22, 2000 - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers To Perform At Bridge School Benefit In Mt. View, CA On October 28 & 29. Tickets Go On Sale September 24 Through Ticketmaster. Tickets Are Not Available Through This (www.tompetty.com) Website.


August - 2000
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Headlines


August 2, 2000 - Rondor Music Acquired By Universal Music Group
(Click here for more information)

August 1, 2000 - Spotlight On Howie Epstein!
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August, 2000 - "Pickin' On Petty: A Bluegrass Tribute To Tom Petty"
(Click here for more information)

August, 2000 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers On TV
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July - 2000
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Headlines


July 26, 2000 - New Official Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Bulletin Board
Ready On Website

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July 21, 2000 - Happy Birthday to Heartbreaker Howie Epstein!
(Click here for more information)

July 18, 2000 - Tom Petty Writes Beach Boys "Holland" Reissue Album Notes
(Click here for more information)

July 7, 2000 - New Interview With Tom Petty Along With Music By Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Raises Money For the Music Maker Relief Foundation
(Click here for more information)

July, 2000 - Mike Campbell Recording For Johnny Cash's Boxed Set
(Click here for more information)

July, 2000 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers On TV
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June - 2000
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Headlines


June 15, 2000 - Heartbreaker Mike Campbell To Be On The Wallflowers' New Album
(Click here for more information)

June 14, 2000 - Heartbreaker Benmont Tench Will Be On Green Day's Upcoming Album
(Click here for more information)

June 10, 2000 - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' "Greatest Hits" Even Higher On Billboard's Charts After 320 weeks!
(Click here for more information)

June, 2000 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers On TV
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May - 2000
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Headlines


May 21, 2000 - Happy 45th Birthday to Former Heartbreaker Stan Lynch!
(Click here for more information)

May 20, 2000 - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' "Greatest Hits" Still High On Billboard's Charts After 317 weeks!
(Click here for more information)

May 14, 2000 - It Was 23 Years Ago That Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Played Their First Gig In The U.K.

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May 10, 2000 - Repeat Of "Saturday Night Live 25: The Music"
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May 7, 8, 9, 11, 14, 2000 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Featured In VH1 Behind The Music Special
(Click here for more information)

May 7, 2000 - Benmont Tench's "Unbreakable Heart"
(Click here for more information)

May, 2000 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers On TV
(Click here for more information)

May, 2000 - 19th Anniversary of the U.S. release of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers'
4th album, "Hard Promises."



April - 2000
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Headlines


April 27, 2000 - Tom Petty and His Daughter, Adria in Rolling Stone
(Click here for more information)

April 24, 2000 - Happy Birthday, Steve Ferrone!
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April 6, 2000 - Looking Back To An Important Day in 1992 for Heartbreaker Mike Campbell
(Click here for more information)

April 4 and 18, 2000 - Repeat of VH1's "Tom Petty - Behind The Music"
(Click here for more information)

April 4, 2000 - Announcement That Soundtrack of 1978 Movie FM To Be Released On CD In June
Includes "Breakdown" By Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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March - 2000
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Headlines


March 31, 2000 - Has it been a year already? One year ago Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers taped an exclusive concert for VH1 Storytellers.

March 21, 2000 - Tom Petty Featured in Rerun of Johnny Cash Biography
(Click here for more information)

March 16, 2000 - Tom Petty Named One Of The 50 People Who Made A Difference
In North Central Florida

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March 14, 2000 - Announcement That Heartbreakers Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench
and former Heartbreaker Stan Lynch Will Be On Don Henley's New Album

(Click here for more information)

March 11, 2000 - Cincinnati Petty Jam
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March 6, 2000 - Repeat of VH1's "Tom Petty - Behind The Music"
(Click here for more information)

March, 2000 - 15th Anniversary of the U.S. release of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 6th album, "Southern Accents."


Spotlight On Heartbreaker Howie Epstein!

Ask Howie a question!

January 14 - 31, 2000

Fans had the opportunity to ask Heartbreaker bassist Howie Epstein all the questions they'd ever wanted to ask him from January 14 until January 31, 2000. Over the next few weeks, Howie will be reading over the fans' questions and answer the ones he can. Please remember that there is no guarantee that he will be able to answer every individual question. If any of the general ideas of the questions are duplicated, some of them will be edited or compiled together. Keep checking here for Howie's answers!

Cathy Buffington, tompetty.com, January 31, 2000

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Spotlights On The Heartbreakers!

Spotlight On Mike Campbell!
(Click here for Mike's answers to fans' questions)

Spotlight On Benmont Tench!
(Click here for Ben's answers to fans' questions)

February - 2000
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Headlines


February 11, 2000 - Heartbreaker Benmont Tench on New Solo Album from Doug Fieger
(Click here for more information)

February 1, 2000 - Happy Birthday, Mike Campbell!
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January - 2000
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Headlines


January 7, 2000 - RollingStone.com's Year-End Top Ten Lists
(Click here for more information)

January 1, 2000 - "Unbreakable Heart" Written by Heartbreaker Benmont Tench Appears on Jessica Andrews' new Album
(Click here for more information)

December - 1999
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Headlines


December 28, 1999 - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Among Top 20 Tours of 1999
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December 17, 1999 - Tom Petty A Favorite in Boulder, Colorado
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December 16-23, 1999 - Tom Petty Photo in Rolling Stone magazine
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December 11, 1999 - Tom Petty's Dad, Earl, Passes Away
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November - 1999
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Headlines


November 24, 1999 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Webcast and Radio Broadcast
(Click here for more information)

November 18, 1999 - Spotlight On Mike Campbell
(Click here for more information)

November 9, 1999 - "High Grass Dogs * Live From The Fillmore" from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released as VHS Home Video and DVD Set
(Click here for more information)

October - 1999
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Headlines


October 20, 1999 - Happy Birthday, Tom Petty!
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October 16, 1999 - Celebrities Attend Last Gig of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Echo Tour
(Click here for details)

September - 1999
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Headlines


September 26, 1999 - Saturday Night Live Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Television Retrospective Including Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
(Click here for more information)

September 21, 1999 - Saturday Night Live Releases CD Titled "Saturday Night Live: The Musical Performances, Volumes 1 and 2" on September 21
(Click here for more information)

September 18, 1999 - Spotlight On Benmont Tench
(Click here for more information)

September 9, 1999 - Clarence Fountain And The Five Blind Boys of Alabama to Be Opening Act For Most of Remainder of Tour
(Click here for more information)

September 8, 1999 - "Don't Come Around Here No More"
Appears in CDNOW Ad Campaign

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September 7, 1999 - Happy Birthday, Benmont Tench!
(Click here for more information)

September 5-6, 1999 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "You Wreck Me" on Labor Day Telethon
(Click here for more information)

TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS
1999 ECHO TOUR

"Face it, they're the best rockers touring today.
Quite simply, there is no better band in rock right now than
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers."
-- Ben Wener, The Orange County Register


"He's [Tom Petty] just one of those guys who, when he walks into a room, rock 'n' roll comes with him."
-- Dave Ferman, Dallas Star-Telegram


1999 TOUR SET LIST
During their 1999 Echo Tour, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played various combinations of the following songs:


Jammin' Me
Around And Around
Runnin' Down A Dream
Breakdown
Swingin'
Don't Do Me Like That
I Don't Wanna Fight
Mary Jane's Last Dance
I Won't Back Down
Listen To Her Heart
Cabin Down Below
Feeling Alright
It's Good To Be King
You Don't Know How It Feels
Rhino Skin
Penetration
Don't Come Around Here No More
Walls
The Waiting
Room At The Top
Guitar Boogie Shuffle
You Got Lucky
Free Girl Now
You Wreck Me
Call Me The Breeze
Refugee
Learning To Fly
Free Fallin'
Honey Bee
Gloria
American Girl


Thanks to the following fans for many of the
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Echo Concert Set Lists:


Cathy Buffington - tompetty.com, Gay D. Cook, Ruth Barohn, Alex Weid, Amanda Saladine - Makin' Some Noise, Blake F. Hanson, Josh Metcalfe, Sam Favate, Suzanne Peterson, Debbie Schlosser, Deborah Thomas, Mike Henker, Cecilyn and Tracy Foote, Dave Barerra, Ron Lavallee, Jr., Barb and Carl Daniel, M. Jean Richardson (aka LB) and Dave Wallace.


1999 TOUR DATES

Opening Act - Clarence Fountain And The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama:

10/16/99 - The Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA
(Click here for review)

10/15/99 - The MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV

10/12/99 - Kohl Center, Madison, WI

10/11/99 - Mark Of The Quad, Moline, IL

10/09/99 - The Palace Of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI

10/07/99 - The United Center, Chicago, IL
(Click here for review)

Opening Act - Los Straitjackets:

10/04/99 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

10/02/99 - GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA

10/01/99 - First Union Center, Philadelphia, PA
(Click here for review)

Opening Act - Clarence Fountain And The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama:

09/29/99 - Walnut Creek Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC

09/28/99 - Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, SC

09/25/99 - Blockbuster Amphitheater, Charlotte, NC

09/24/99 - Lakewood Amphitheater, Atlanta, GA
(Click here for review)

09/22/99 - Coral Sky Amphitheater, West Palm Beach, FL
(Click here for review)

09/21/99 - Ice Palace, Tampa, FL
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09/19/99 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX

09/17/99 - Frank Irwin Center, Austin, TX

09/16/99 - Starplex Amphitheater, Dallas, TX
(Click here for review)

09/14/99 - Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver, CO

09/13/99 - Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver, CO
(Click here for review)

09/05/99 - The Gorge Amphitheater, George, WA
(Click here for review)

09/04/99 - The Gorge Amphitheater, George, WA
(Click here for review)

09/02/99 - GM Place, Vancouver, BC

09/01/99 - Rose Garden, Portland, OR
(Click here for review)

08/30/99 - Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA
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Opening Act - Los Lobos:

08/28/99 - Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mt. View, CA

08/27/99 - Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mt. View, CA
(Click here for review)

Opening Act - Clarence Fountain And The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama:

08/22/99 - Centennial Garden, Bakersfield, CA

08/21/99 - The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
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Opening Act - Los Straitjackets:

08/19/99 - America West Arena, Phoenix, AZ
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08/18/99 - Coors Amphitheater, Chula Vista, CA
(Click here for review)

08/14/99 - Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA

08/13/99 - Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
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Opening Act - Lucinda Williams:

08/07/99 - The Pyramid, Memphis, TN
(Click here for review)

08/06/99 - Starwood, Antioch, TN (Nashville, TN)

08/04/99 - Sandstone Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS

08/03/99 - Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
(Click here for review)

07/31/99 - New World Music Theater, Tinley Park, IL (Chicago, IL)
(Click here for reviews)

07/30/99 - Marcus Amphitheater, Milwaukee, WI
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07/28/99 - Polaris Amphitheatre, Columbus, OH

07/27/99 - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH

07/24/99 - Riverport, St. Louis, MO

07/23/99 - Deer Creek Amphitheater, Indianapolis, IN
(Click here for review)

07/13/99 - Darien Center, Darien, NY (Buffalo, NY)

07/12/99 - Southampton College, Long Island, NY

07/10/99 - Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA (Boston, MA)

07/09/99 - Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA (Boston, MA)
(Click here for reviews)

07/06/99 - Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
(Click here for review)

07/05/99 - Hershey Park, Hershey, PA

07/03/99 - Jones Beach Amphitheater, Wantagh, NY

07/02/99 - Jones Beach Amphitheater, Wantagh, NY
(Click here for review)

06/30/99 - PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
(Click here for reviews)

06/29/99 - The Meadows Music Theatre, Hartford, CT
(Click here for review)

06/26/99 - Waterfront Entertainment Centre, Camden, NJ (Philadelphia, PA)
(Click here for review)

06/25/99 - Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA (Washington, DC)
(Click here for review)

06/23/99 - Star Lake Amphitheatre, Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh, PA)
(Click here for reviews)

06/19/99 - Pine Knob Music Theater, Clarkston, MI (Detroit, MI)

06/18/99 - Pine Knob Music Theater, Clarkston, MI (Detroit, MI)
(Click here for review)

06/16/99 - Gund Arena, Cleveland, OH
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06/14/99 - Opening Night, Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
(Click here for review of opening night)

Special Thanks to Laurie Koster for many of the
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Echo Concert Reviews





August - 1999
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Headlines


August 28, 1999 - Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench Join Los Lobos Onstage at Slim's in San Francisco
(Click here for more information)

July - 1999
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Headlines


July 19, 1999 - World Premiere of "Swingin'" Video on VH1
(Click here for more information)

July 17, 1999 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Concert
"High Grass Dogs -- Live From the Fillmore"
To Premiere Exclusively on DIRECTV

(Click here for more information)

July 13, 1999 - Buffalo NY Tour Date Changed
(Click here for details)

July 10, 1999 - Repeat of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' April 10, 1999 performance on Saturday Night Live

July 8-22, 1999 - "Tom Petty, The Rolling Stone Interview"
Issue 816/817

(Click here for more information)

July 7, 1999 - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers on the Conan O'Brian Show
(Click here for more information)

June - 1999
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Headlines


June 27, 1999 - Hamburg Show To Be Repeated on German Television
(Click here for more information)

June 24, 1999 - Tom Petty and His Daughter Adria in Rolling Stone
Issue 815

(Click here for more information)

June 11 & 12, 1999 - VH1 Tickets First
(Click here for more information)

June 10, 1999 - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
(Click here for a transcription of Tom's interview with Jay Leno)

June 8, 1999 - Echo Released in the U.S. on Vinyl
(Click here for more information)

SPOTLIGHT ON HOWIE EPSTEIN!

(August 1, 2000 -- Please note: Heartbreaker bassist Howie Epstein looked over the questions submitted by fans and answered the ones he could. Since many of the general ideas of the questions were duplicated, some of them were edited or compiled together. Remember, there was no guarantee that Howie would be able to answer every individual question.)

1) Carl D. in MA, Marcia S. of MI and Deb asked: How old where you when you first started playing bass?
Howie: I was 20 years old.

2) Lisa I. in AR asked: Have you ever taken voice lessons or does your singing just come naturally?
Howie: I haven't taken any voice lessons.

3) Nate K. of NY, Steve and Tracey asked: Who were your musical influences growing up?
Howie: Music from the '50s & '60s that I heard on AM radio.

4) Donna D. and Marcia S. of MI asked: Do you write any songs?
Howie: Yes.

5) Stan The Man, Carl D. in MA and Deb asked: Do you play any instruments other than bass?
Howie: Yes, I also play guitar, drums, mandolin.

6) Marcia S. of MI, Christian B. and Len M. asked: What different bass guitars do you own and what is your favorite?
Howie: Lots...too many to mention.
Also, please tell us about your Fender Precision Bass.
Howie: It's a '55 Precision Bass. I've had it for along time. It's the best sounding. “I like it.”

7) Jo S. in NC, Adam in Canada, Nate in KY, Marion S. in FL, Carl D. in MA, and Rachael in MN asked: How did you end up with the Heartbreakers and what where you doing before that?
Howie: I auditioned for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers through Del Shannon & John Hiatt.
How did you feel when they asked you to play for them?
Howie: It felt good. I liked the band and I wanted to be in their band.

8) Marion S. in FL, Carl D. in MA, Rachael of MN and Christian B. asked: What did you think of TP&HB before you were ever a member of the band?
Howie: I liked the band and had all their records. I had even seen them a few times and thought they were good. I could see myself being in the band.

9) Nick in WI, Marcia S. of MI and Bethany S. asked: What did it feel like to be in your hometown of Milwaukee in front of a jam-packed amphitheater and get a huge standing O from all the fans?
Howie: It was one of the best audiences on the tour. The best ever in Milwaukee. It was unbelievable, the rafters were vibrating.
Do you ever miss your hometown here?
Howie: No, I don’t miss the cold.

10) Steve asked: If you weren't a musician, what would you be?
Howie: A veterinarian.

11) Mark B. of NY, Ann V. of CA, Bernice T. of MI, Marcia S. of MI, Jessica, Karen L. Donna L. and Len M. asked: Tell us about the dog we’ve seen with you on tour: His name?
Howie: Dingo.
His age?
Howie: He's 7 years old.
Where you got him?
Howie: I got him in Los Angeles; he was imported from Germany.
How long you’ve had him?
Howie: I've had him for 5 years.
Do you always take him on tour with you?
Howie: Yes, he's always on tour with me.

12) Karen L., Donna L. and Cathy asked: What kind of other pets do you have?
Howie: Dogs.

13) Carl D. in MA, Corey S. of MI, Marcia S. of MI and Steve asked: What are your favorite TP&HB songs to play?
Howie: The newest songs.
Also, what are the most challenging TP&HB songs for you to play?
Howie: The newest ones.

14) Lennie B. of GA asked: What song would you like to perform live that is never done on tour?
Howie: “You Can Still Change Your Mind” from Hard Promises.

15) Dan M. in OH, Lorraine H. in MI, Carl D. in MA, Marcia S. in MI, Nicole in CA and Stan The Man asked: You have an awesome voice, but we only get to hear it in harmonies. Any place to hear it solo?
Howie: At my house.
Will you ever sing lead on a TP&HB song like Mike did?
Howie: Probably. The only recording now is Tom and me singing lead on “Something In The Air” from the Greatest Hits..

16) Marion S. of FL, Len M. and Steven T. asked: Do you make up your own vocal harmonies or does Tom suggest them to you?
Howie: It's always a collaboration.
Do you ever find it difficult to find the right harmony?
Howie: No, it's never difficult.

17) Joy E. in Alberta, Canada asked: "One More Day, One More Night" is amazing. Your harmonies put it over the top. Any interesting stories on the making of that song (or any other from Echo)?
Howie: Nothing special.

18) Jiro K. in Japan and Jeff L. of DE asked: Over the years, you have shared bass duties with Mike Campbell or Scott Thurston and sometimes you’ve played acoustic guitar. How is it determined which one of you will play bass on a given track?
Howie: Whoever comes up with the best part determines who will play bass or we switch because of boredom. There is not a lot of discussion. If Scott Thurston grabs the bass, I’ll grab the guitar. There is not a lot of talking about it.

19) Marcia S. of MI, David S. and Rhiannon1284 asked: Which of the Heartbreakers are you most "connected" with on stage (including Scott & Steve)?
Howie: Tom and Ben.
What about off stage?
Howie: Ben.

20) Lee-Ellen O. asked: Do you guys have nicknames for each other, you've been together so long?
Howie: No.

21) Craig W. Of CN and Len M. asked: How closely do you work with Steve Ferrone (or with Stan in the past) to create a rhythm section feel?
Howie: Not that close.
Do you sync to his bass pedal?
Howie: No.
Do you work out rhythm changes?
Howie: No, that's not really talked about.

22) Jiro K. in Japan and Len M. asked: Do you prefer flatwound or roundwound strings?
Howie: Flat.
How do you decide whether to use your thumb or a pick to play bass?
Howie: I decide what sounds best in each song.

23) Christian asked: Do you ever use some effect pedals onstage/in the studio?
Howie: No.

24) Charlie asked: Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Howie: No.
Do you ever get stagefright?
Howie: No.

25) Lucy S. of CA and Nathan F. asked: When you’re onstage performing to a crowd of thousands and stop to look out at the crowd, what is the feeling you get?
Howie: It’s funny, I like the smaller venues better because you can’t see in the big ones, but you feel the energy. It feels good and I enjoy it. It’s not like I need it, but it’s fun to play. The adulation is fun, but it is not a driving force.

26) Bonnie in MA and Kim in Canada asked: You've worked with so many Country artists. Is Country Music your favorite genre of music?
Howie: No, it's not my favorite. Pop is my favorite.

27) Melissa in MN, Deb and Sue asked: Any plans for you to write or produce another album for Carlene Carter?
Howie: Yes.
What are the differences between working with the Heartbreakers and working with Carlene?
Howie: With Carlene I produce. With the Heartbreakers I don’t.

28) Pete C. of CA and Jeff of IN asked: We loved the John Prine record you produced. Do you plan on doing any other records with him?
Howie: Maybe.
What is your role of Prine producer like as opposed to being a Heartbreaker?
Howie: I produce.
Any funny stories about the days recording “Picture Show” with John and Tom?
Howie: No. Tom sang to a tape.

29) Greg asked: What is your favorite album?
Howie: I don’t have one.

30) Adam in Canada and Marcia S. of MI asked: What CD's are in your CD player right now?
Howie: The Wilco CD with Billy Bragg that is a tribute to Woody Guthrie songs.

31) Page S. in AK asked: Are you of Native American descent?
Howie: No, I'm not.

32) Amanda in NC and Tracey asked: We heard you were a boxer when you were younger. Is that true?
Howie: Yes.
Did you have any great accomplishments in boxing?
Howie: I was the high school Freshman, Sophomore, & Junior Regional Lightweight Champion all 3 years.

33) Bonnie in MA, Len M. and Derek asked: Do you read or have any other hobbies/interests?
Howie: Hobbies: Motorcycles, Indian (Native American) stuff...art & artifacts, restoring old cars. I read a lot.

34) Amanda in NC, Marcia S. of MI, Kyle S., Rhiannon1284 and Victoria K. asked: TP&HB have lasted longer than most marriages: What is their secret and what’s special about playing with them?
Howie: We get along really good. It's a combination of friendship, music and years.

35) Dan F. asked: What are your thoughts of all the achievements you and boys have reached in your music career?
Howie: It’s great.
You have played with the greatest performers. Have you ever sat back and thought about the giant impact you have had on this world of music?
Howie: No.

36) Bernice T. of MI asked: As you left the hotel just before your concert at the Palace, you were all so kind, friendly and willing to sign stuff and pose for pictures. In light of the recent attack on George Harrison, will you change the way you relate to your fans in a public setting?
Howie: No.

37) Jürgen M. in Germany, Takeo in Japan, Joy E. in Alberta, Canada, Jun S. in Japan, Joe in IN, Jonathan H. in KY, Corey S. of MI, Bernice T. of MI, Marcia S. of MI, Marion S. of FL, Kerscott A., Lee-Ellen O., Martin, CMT, Tracey and Sylvia asked: Will the band tour again soon?
Howie: No tour is planned any time soon.
Or a new album in the works?
Howie: There is an album in the works.

38) Charlie and Cathy asked: What is your most memorable or embarrassing moment live on stage?
Howie: Nothing embarrassing. My most memorable concerts were in Milwaukee in 1999 and the Fillmore in 1997.

39) Lisa I. in AR and Len M. asked: Would you tell us about your musical projects that are not part of TP&HB?
Howie: I'm building a studio in New Mexico and will be recording soon.

40) Laura L. asked: Name some things none of your fans know about you.
Howie: 1) I play drums really well. 2) I am not married.

Cathy Buffington, tompetty.com, August 1, 2000

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October, 2000 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Headlines

October 3, 2000 - TWO-CD 'TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS ANTHOLOGY: THROUGH
THE YEARS' INCLUDES ALL THEIR HITS AND FAVORITES PLUS NEW TRACK "SURRENDER"


"These carefully chosen songs, classics and hidden-classics alike, are
constant reminders of the way Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers can make you
feel, on any given afternoon, when you're craving something real, and one of
these songs hits the radio.  You can't beat it.  You can barely contain it on
a couple discs.  All you can do is crank it up, and take the ride."

-- Cameron Crowe, Liner Notes, 2000


October 31 will bring the release of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Anthology: Through The Years on MCA/UTV Records, a division of Universal Music Enterprises.  The two-CD set features 34 hits and favorites from 1976 to 1993 including "Surrender," an unreleased Tom Petty-written concert favorite from 1977 that was just recorded in August 2000 specifically for this project.  The package contains a deluxe booklet with newly written liner notes by Cameron Crowe.


Anthology -- with selections from each of the band's first 11 original albums plus one from the Playback boxed set -- comprises the most comprehensive "best of" assemblage ever released from the artist and group whose combination of commercial success and creative growth is among the most admired in rock 'n' roll.


Anthology steps far beyond 1993's Top 10 and eight-times platinum Greatest Hits (17 hits from that album are included) while at the same time narrowing the focus from the six CDs of 1995's gold PlaybackAnthology features hits from 1976's "Breakdown" to "Refugee," "Don't Do Me Like That," "Free Fallin'" and "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (the Top 10 duet with Stevie Nicks making its first-ever appearance on a Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers album) to 1993's "Mary Jane's Last Dance."


From "Learning To Fly," "American Girl" and "I Won't Back Down" to "Runnin' Down A Dream" and "Jammin' Me" (co-penned by Bob Dylan), from classics such as "Don't Come Around Here No More" and "Into The Great Wide Open" to the live "So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star," Anthology , with contributions also from George Harrison, Robbie Robertson, Jeff Lynne, Dave Stewart and The Bangles, collects the best from "the greatest and most consistent American band of the last 25 years," says Crowe in the liner notes.


The full track listing of Anthology


Disc #1
1. Breakdown
2. American Girl
3. Hometown Blues
4. The Wild One, Forever
5. I Need To Know
6. Listen To Her Heart
7. Too Much Ain't Enough
8. Refugee
9. Here Comes My Girl
10. Don't Do Me Like That
11. Even The Losers
12. The Waiting
13. A Woman In Love
14. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (featuring S. Nicks)
15. You Got Lucky
16. Straight Into Darkness
17. Change Of Heart


Disc #2
1. Rebels
2. Don't Come Around Here No More
3. The Best of Everything
4. So You Wanna Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star
5. Jammin' Me
6. It'll All Work Out
7. Love Is A Long Road
8. Free Fallin'
9. Yer So Bad
10. I Won't Back Down
11. Runnin' Down A Dream
12. Learning To Fly
13. Into the Great Wide Open
14. Two Gunslingers
15. Mary Jane's Last Dance
16. Waiting For Tonight
17. Surrender


MSO, October 3, 2000


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August - 2000
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Stories


Rondor Music Acquired By Universal Music Group
August 2, 2000


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fans might be interested to note that the company which published some of Tom Petty's earliest songs, Rondor Music, was recently acquired by the Universal Music Group. Founded in 1962, Rondor Music has a catalog of over 60,000 songs which includes some of the most popular compositions of the modern era. The Rondor catalog includes the works of such important songwriters as The Beach Boys, Al Green, Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Tom Petty and Leon Russell.

Some of Tom's songs in the Rondor catalog include "American Girl" and "Breakdown." Recognizing quality when he hears it, the CEO of Universal Music Group wisely noted, "Hearing Rondor's music is like hearing chapters of popular music history. These are gems -- some of the most popular and recognizable songs ever recorded." Of course, we already knew that Tom's songs were classics!

Information thanks to Laurie Koster, August 2, 2000

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"Pickin' On Petty: A Bluegrass Tribute To Tom Petty"
August, 2000


Check this out! Recently a new tribute to Tom Petty was released by CMH Records Inc. called Pickin' On Petty: A Bluegrass Tribute To Tom Petty. Available on CD or tape cassette, it features "America's hottest Country pickers on the 5-string banjo, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic, electric and pedal steel guitar...performed in the incredible instrumental beauty of American music."

Songs included on the CD are: "Breakdown," "I Won't Back Down," "Here Comes My Girl," "I Need To Know," "You Got Lucky," "Free Fallin'," "Refugee," "Don't Do Me Like That," "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," "American Girl," "Don't Come Around Here No More" and "Even The Losers."

To order the CD or tape, you can write to:

CMH Records Inc.
P.O. Box 39439
Los Angeles, CA 90039

or go to:

http://www.cmhrecords.com

and search Tom Petty.

Cathy Buffington, tompetty.com, August 2, 2000

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on TV
August, 2000


COMEDY CENTRAL
Saturday Night Live - Musical Guests - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

August 8, 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time - 1996 show - Host: Tom Hanks - TP&HB performed "Walls"
August 14, 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time - 1991 show - Host: Kirstie Alley - TP&HB performed "Into The Great Wide Open" and "Kings Highway"
August 21, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time - 1994 show - Host: John Turturro - TP&HB performed "You Don't Know How It Feels" and "Honey Bee" with guest drummer Dave Grohl

VH1
"1984: Behind The Music"

August 2, 3:00 p.m. ET

Cathy Buffington, www.tompetty.com, July 7, 2000

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July - 2000
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Stories


New Official Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Bulletin Board
Ready On Website
July 26, 2000


Attention all you wild Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers fans!

We now have an official TP&HB Bulletin Board at tompetty.com. Let's see if we can show our support for Tom and the Heartbreakers and get this rolling!

It's important to note that right now you can't get to the new bulletin board if you click on Chat/BBS/Mailing List on the website menu....you can only get to the Chat that way. Eventually (soon, I hope), we will have a main page with a link where you can choose to go to the bulletin board, chat, etc. But for now, here is the URL to put in your "favorites" or to bookmark:

http://tompettybbs.artistdirect.com

Please let other fans know about this. Let's get that famous TP&HB fan spirit going on our official bulletin board! Hope to see all of you there!

Check it out, it's very cool!

Cathy Buffington, www.tompetty.com, July 26, 2000

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Happy Birthday To Heartbreaker Howie Epstein!
July 21, 2000


Bassist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers from 1982 to the present, Howard Norman Epstein (Howie) was born 45 years ago on July 21, 1955 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Howie's debut performance with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was September 1, 1982 at the Santa Cruz Auditorium in Santa Cruz, California. Luckily for us, he's been with the band ever since!

Howie, All Your Fans Love You And Wish You
The Best Birthday Ever!

Cathy Buffington, www.tompetty.com, July 2, 2000

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Tom Petty Writes Beach Boys "Holland" Reissue Album Notes
July 18, 2000


"HOLLYWOOD -- Capitol Records will release all the original Beach Boys recordings from the band's Brother Records label, with the first three titles -- "Sunflower," "Surf's Up" and "In Concert" -- out July 18.

All the Brother reissues will contain two full-length original albums on one CD, digitally remastered, with all the original packaging included (with the exception of the "Carl & the Passions: So Tough" and "Holland" releases, which will be on two CDs in one package). The remaining Brother titles are scheduled for an August 15 release.

Sunflower and Surf's Up will be released together ... The vinyl double live album, In Concert, will be released as a single CD. Carl & The Passions: So Tough, featuring introductory notes by Elton John, will be packaged with Holland featuring notes by Tom Petty, a release that will also contain the music that was on an EP originally released with the vinyl version of Holland."

Entertainment Wire, news.excite.come, May 26, 2000

Information thanks to Laurie Koster and Jeff Heiliger, June 14, 2000

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New Interview With Tom Petty Along With Music By Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Raises Money For the Music Maker Relief Foundation
July 7, 2000


A new in-depth interview with Tom Petty appears in the summer issue (July-August, 2000) of The Oxford American, a very cool literary magazine. The interview by Holly George-Warren focuses on Tom's Southern roots and their influence on his music. This double music issue will be on the stands July 7th and explores the roots of American popular music featuring writings of renowned music journalists, Southern literary stars, and the musical artists themselves. This issue also includes a CD Sampler which contains the album version of "Billy The Kid" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Not only does the Oxford American's music issue pay homage to the South's musical stars, 10 percent of the proceeds go to the Music Maker Relief Foundation, a charity that gives money to indigent, and generally older, folk and blues musicians. All of the artists who appear on the CD sampler waived his or her fee in support of this project.

Cathy Buffington, tompetty.com, July 6, 2000

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Mike Campbell Recording For Johnny Cash's Boxed Set
July, 2000


Heartbreaker Mike Campbell is working on a few guitar tracks for Johnny Cash's upcoming boxed set. One of the songs recently finished was with just two guitars, Mike Campbell and Randy Scruggs. Cash said, "It's a fabulous song."

Cathy Buffington, tompetty.com, July 6, 2000

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on TV
July, 2000


COMEDY CENTRAL
Saturday Night Live - Musical Guests - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

July 2, 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time - 1991 show - Host: Kirstie Alley - TP&HB performed "Into The Great Wide Open" and "Kings Highway"
July 13, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time - 1991 show - Host: Kirstie Alley - TP&HB performed "Into The Great Wide Open" and "Kings Highway"

"She's The One" - Movie which features songs and musical score written by Tom Petty
and performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

The 1996 movie for which Tom Petty wrote the songs and musical score. Marking the first time Tom has written music expressly for a motion picture, much of the music from the movie is included on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' album, Songs And Music From the Motion Picture She's The One released on Warner Bros. Records. The movie stars Jennifer Aniston, Edward Burns, Cameron Diaz and John Mahoney.
July 4, 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
July 5, 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time

TBS - Turner Broadcasting System
The Postman - 1997 movie with Tom Petty in a small part as the mayor of a town in a post-apocalyptic United States. (Starring Kevin Costner, Will Patton, Larenz Tate).
July 9, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time
July 9, 10:45 p.m. Eastern Time
July 15, 8:05 p.m. Eastern Time
July 16, 2:15 p.m. Eastern Time

VH1
"Tom Petty - Behind The Music"
July 14, 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Made In Heaven - Movie with Tom Petty in a cameo part as Stanky, the nightclub owner (also features Timothy Hutton, Neil Young, Ric Ocasek).
July 23, 4:00 p.m. ET

*** IMPORTANT: Since television schedules are always subject to change, be sure to check your local listings to make sure the times are correct for you or that the network hasn't changed their programming.

Cathy Buffington, www.tompetty.com, June 2, 2000

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June - 2000
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Stories


Heartbreaker Mike Campbell To Be On The Wallflowers' New Album
June 15, 2000


These busy Heartbreakers! Slated for a September release, guitarist Mike Campbell will be a guest artist on The Wallflowers' new album, Breach.

Information thanks to Laurie Koster, June 15, 2000

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Heartbreaker Benmont Tench Will Be On Green Day's Upcoming Album
June 14, 2000


It was announced that Green Day's forthcoming album, Warning features a guest appearance by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' keyboard player Benmont Tench.

Information thanks to Laurie Koster, June 14, 2000

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' "Greatest Hits"
Even Higher On Billboard's Charts After 320 weeks!
June 10, 2000


In the June 10th issue of the "Top 20 Positions on the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Album Chart," Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' Greatest Hits continues to move even higher, coming in at number 6 this week, after 320 weeks on the charts (after being #8 last week)! They just keep going and going...

Information thanks to Jeff Heiliger, June 1, 2000

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on TV
June, 2000


COMEDY CENTRAL
Saturday Night Live - Musical Guests - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

June 1, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time - 1991 show - Host: Kirstie Alley - TP&HB performed "Into The Great Wide Open" and "Kings Highway"
June 27, 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time - 1996 show - Host: Tom Hanks - TP&HB performed "Walls"
June 30, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time - 1994 show - Host: John Turturro - TP&HB performed "You Don't Know How It Feels" and "Honey Bee" with guest drummer Dave Grohl

"She's The One" - Movie which features songs and musical score written by Tom Petty
and performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

This is the 1996 movie for which Tom Petty wrote the songs and musical score. Marking the first time Tom has written music expressly for a motion picture, much of the music from the movie is included on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' album, Songs And Music From the Motion Picture She's The One released on Warner Bros. Records. The movie stars Jennifer Aniston, Edward Burns, Cameron Diaz and John Mahoney.
June 18, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
June 17, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

PBS
"Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - In The Spotlight"

June 2, 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time
This special, taped March 15 and 16, 1999 at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore, features many of the best-known hits by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Songs include "Jammin' Me," "Runnin' Down a Dream," "Breakdown," "You Don't Know How It Feels," "Mary Jane's Last Dance," "Even the Losers," "You Wreck Me," "Free Fallin'," "I Don't Wanna Fight" and "Free Girl Now." Special treats include the appearance by rock legend Bo Diddley on "Mona," as well as opening act, Lucinda Williams.

VH1
"1984: Behind The Music"
June 4, 12:00 p.m. ET

"Saturday Night Live 25: The Music"
June 4, 5:00 p.m. ET

*** IMPORTANT: Since television schedules are always subject to change, be sure to check your local listings to make sure the times are correct for you or that the network hasn't changed their programming.

Cathy Buffington, www.tompetty.com, and Laurie Koster, June 2, 2000

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May - 2000
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Stories


Happy 45th Birthday To Former Heartbreaker Stan Lynch!
May 21, 2000


Drummer for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers from 1975 to 1994, Stan Lynch was born May 21, 1955 in Cincinnati, Ohio. His last gig with TP&HB was on October 2, 1994 at the Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, California. Stan has most recently been working as a songwriter and producer.

Best Wishes and Happy Birthday, Stan!


Cathy Buffington, www.tompetty.com, May 2, 2000

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' "Greatest Hits"
Still High On Billboard's Charts After 317 weeks!
May 20, 2000


In the May 20th issue of the "Top 20 Positions on the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Album Chart," Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' Greatest Hits continues to prove it is a rock 'n' roll classic as well as a huge hit with fans, coming in at number 19 this week, after 317 weeks on the charts (that's a little over 6 years)! It has gone 8 times Platinum (that's the RIAA certification for shipment of at least 8 million units) and had a peak position of #3 on the chart. Wow, congratulations, guys!

Cathy Buffington, www.tompetty.com, May 15, 2000

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It Was 23 Years Ago That Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Played Their First Gig In The U.K.
May 14, 2000


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played their first gig in the U.K. on Saturday, May 14, 1977, opening for Nils Lofgren. Audiences loved them and they soon became in great demand as a main act. As Tom commented in Tom Petty: Going Home, "We were informed that the single, "Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll" had become a hit in England. So they flew us over there and before we knew it, people were asking us questions and we were in magazines and we were on the Top Of The Pops television show. It was high adventure and we just thought, 'Crazy, man.'"

Cathy Buffington, www.tompetty.com, May 2, 2000

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Repeat Of "Saturday Night Live 25: The Music"
May 10, 2000


VH1 will air a repeat of "Saturday Night Live 25: The Music" a show which celebrates the 25th anniversary of SNL with a television retrospective which includes Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It first aired on September 26, 1999.

Cathy Buffington, www.tompetty.com, May 8, 2000

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Featured In VH1 Behind The Music Special
May 7, 8, 9, 11, 14, 2000


In May VH1 will premiere 1984: Behind The Music, "... an episode that addresses the social culture and climate of the time as well as what events domestically and abroad led to the musical Big Bang. Topics covered include: the British impact on music; the influence of women in power; the "Heartland Rockers" (Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp and Tom Petty), the marriage of music and Hollywood (MTV) and Band Aid."
May 7, 9:00 p.m. ET; repeated at 11:00 p.m ET
May 8, 6:00 p.m. ET
May 9, 11:30 p.m. ET
May 11, 9:00 p.m. ET
May 14, 6:00 p.m. ET


NEW YORK, PRNewswire, May 4, 2000

Information thanks to Laurie Koster, May 4, 2000

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Benmont Tench's "Unbreakable Heart"
May 7, 2000


The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles was the place to be last Sunday for all Benmont Tench fans! Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' keyboardist Benmont Tench performed onstage Sunday, May 7 in Los Angeles playing keyboards on the song, "Unbreakable Heart," during Jessica Andrews' (last week's winner of the top female newcomer prize at the Academy of Country Music Awards) show at the Greek Theatre. Recently released as a single from Andrews' year-old debut album, "Unbreakable Heart" was written by Benmont and originally recorded by Carlene Carter for her 1993 album, Little Love Letters.
(Click here for more details about Ben's participation in the album)

Cathy Buffington, www.tompetty.com, May 10, 2000

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on TV
May, 2000


COMEDY CENTRAL
Saturday Night Live - Musical Guests - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

May 12, 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time - 1994 show - Host: John Turturro - TP&HB performed "You Don't Know How It Feels" and "Honey Bee" with guest drummer Dave Grohl
May 13, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time - 1996 show - Host: Tom Hanks - TP&HB performed "Walls"

ENCORE
Made In Heaven - Movie with Tom Petty in a cameo part as Stanky, the nightclub owner

May 1, 6:15 p.m. ET
May 7, 7:15 a.m. ET
May 7, 4:00 p.m. ET
May 12, 1:15 p.m. ET
May 17, 6:15 p.m. ET
May 23, 11:15 a.m. ET
May 23, 8:00 p.m. ET

VH1
"Tom Petty - Behind The Music"

May 6, 11:00 p.m. ET
May 15, 12:30 a.m. ET
May 22, 8:00 p.m. ET

"1984: Behind The Music"
May 7, 9:00 p.m. ET; repeated at 11:00 p.m ET
May 8, 6:00 p.m. ET
May 9, 11:30 p.m. ET
May 11, 9:00 p.m. ET
May 14, 6:00 p.m. ET

"Saturday Night Live 25: The Music"
May 10, 3:00 p.m. ET

*** IMPORTANT: Since television schedules are always subject to change, be sure to check your local listings to make sure the times are correct for you or that the network hasn't changed their programming.

Cathy Buffington, www.tompetty.com, May 1, 2000

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April - 2000
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Stories


Tom Petty and His Daughter, Adria In Rolling Stone Magazine
April 27, 2000


The April 27th issue of Rolling Stone magazine has a picture of Tom Petty, his daughter Adria and friends on page 26. Additionally, Tom and Heartbreaker keyboardist Benmont Tench are both mentioned in an article about a Los Angeles music club, Largo.

Information Thanks To Becky Estey, April 18, 2000

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Happy Birthday, Steve Ferrone!
April 24, 2000


Another milestone birthday for one of "our guys." Steve Ferrone is one of the three members of our favorite band (even though he is not really an "official" Heartbreaker) to be born in 1950 -- along with Mike Campbell (February 1, 1950) and Tom Petty (October 20, 1950)! Wow, what an incredible year for musical talent and a fortunate year for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fans!

After playing with such bands as the Average White Band, Brian Auger Oblivion Express, Duran Duran, Jeffrey Osborne, George Benson, Eric Clapton and several others, Steve first played drums with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers when they were recording Wildflowers. He has played drums with them on every tour and album since then.

We fans are all grateful to have you, Steve, and wish you the best birthday ever!

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Looking Back To An Important Day in 1992 for Heartbreaker Mike Campbell
April 6, 2000


Heartbreaker guitarist Mike Campbell has said, "My most memorable moment is probably playing with George Harrison at Albert Hall. THAT was a spiritual night." April 6 marks the 8th Anniversary of that historic performance when Mike (along with drummer Steve Ferrone) played with George Harrison at that benefit concert at the Royal Albert Hall in Britain in 1992.

Cathy Buffington, www.tompetty.com, March 31, 2000

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Repeat of VH1's "Tom Petty - Behind The Music"
April 4 and 18, 2000


On Tuesday, April 4, VH1 will air another repeat of "Tom Petty - Behind The Music" at 11:30 p.m. Eastern Time, 10:30 Central. It will air again on Tuesday, April 18 at 2:00 a.m. Eastern Time, 1:00 Central Time. Be sure to check your local listings to make sure the times are correct for you. Check out the original description of the May 16, 1999 show in our "News" Archives section.

Cathy Buffington, www.tompetty.com, March 31, 2000

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Announcement That Soundtrack of 1978 Movie FM
Scheduled To Be Released On CD In Early June, 2000
Soundtrack Includes "Breakdown" By Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
April 4, 2000


It was announced that the soundtrack of the 1978 movie FM (which included a cameo of Tom Petty -- his first appearance in a film) is scheduled to be finally released on CD in the United States in early June, 2000. The soundtrack includes the song "Breakdown" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

The soundtrack has been unavailable domestically since its vinyl version went out of print nearly a decade or more ago. Aside from "Breakdown" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, FM features the title track by Steely Dan as well as contributions from Boston, Jimmy Buffett, the Doobie Brothers, the Eagles, Dan Fogelberg, Foreigner, Billy Joel, Randy Meisner, Steve Miller, Queen, Linda Ronstadt, Boz Scaggs, Bob Seger, James Taylor and Joe Walsh.

Information Thanks To Laurie Koster, April 6, 2000

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March - 2000
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Stories


Tom Petty Featured in Rerun of Johnny Cash Biography
March 21, 2000


Our own Legendary Heartbreaker Tom Petty is featured in a Biography of singer Johnny Cash (with whom Tom and the Heartbreakers recorded his hit album Unchained in 1996). This interesting and informative show is being rerun March 21 on the Biography Channel on television.

Cathy Buffington, www.tompetty.com and Laurie Koster, March 20, 2000

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Tom Petty Named One Of The 50 People Who Made A Difference
In North Central Florida
March 16, 2000


In an article today by Bill DeYoung of The Gainesville Sun, (Tom's hometown newspaper) Tom Petty was named "One Of The 50 People Who Made A Difference In North Central Florida." Check out the story at
http://www.sunone.com/fiftypeople/petty.shtml .

Information thanks to Deborah, March 16, 2000

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Announcement That Heartbreakers Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench and Former Heartbreaker Stan Lynch Will Be On New Album By Don Henley
March 14, 2000


It was announced this week that a new album by Don Henley (scheduled to be released in late May) features appearances by Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell (of our very own Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) with ex-Heartbreaker drummer Stan Lynch as the primary collaborator and co-producer. Mike Campbell has a song on the album that he co-wrote with Don Henley called "Inside Job." (That is the name of the album as well.)

Information thanks to Laurie Koster, March 14, 2000 and Cathy Buffington, www.tompetty.com, May 15, 2000

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Cincinnati Petty Jam
March 11, 2000


Cincinnati Petty jam: A bevy of local bands will gather for a fun night of cover tunes, all for a good time and a good cause. A dozen local groups will be covering Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers songs at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 11 at Top Cats in Corryville, Ohio with proceeds benefiting the Humane Society. Those performing include Brian Ferry, Godholly, Gravy8, Greg Mahan, Ryan Adcock, Thistle, Youngfellor and the Scrubs.
http://www.cincypost.com/living/bird030900.html

Information thanks to Laurie Koster, February 10, 2000

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Repeat of VH1's "Tom Petty - Behind The Music"
March 6, 2000


On Monday, March 6, VH1 will air a repeat of "Tom Petty - Behind The Music" at 11:30 p.m. Eastern Time, 10:30 Central. Check out the original description of the May 16, 1999 show in our "News" Archives section.

Cathy Buffington, www.tompetty.com, March 4, 2000

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February - 2000
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Stories


Heartbreaker Benmont Tench on New Solo Album By Doug Fieger (The Knack)
February 11, 2000


Doug Fieger (The Knack) invited a few friends, including our own Heartbreaker keyboardist, Benmont Tench to help record his new solo CD, First Things First. Other musical contributions on the album came from: Rick Dufay (Aerosmith), Jim Keltner (Traveling Wilburys, everything), Billy Ward (The Knack, Yoko Ono), Nicky Hopkins (The Rolling Stones, in one of his last studio appearances before his passing), Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Billy Preston (The Beatles "Let It Be", "Get Back") and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, congressional candidate).

Information thanks to Laurie Koster, February 11, 2000

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Happy Birthday, Mike Campbell!
February 1, 2000


Little did the world know at the time, but February 1, 1950 was an extremely important day in the history of rock & roll (and a lucky day for all of us TP&HB fans)! On that day, future Heartbreaker lead guitarist Mike Campbell was born. One of the most talented and respected guitar players in rock & roll, his fans adore him and other musicians seek out his songwriting, singing (!) and musical talents for their own albums. The MAN can create incredible music with guitars along with countless other musical instruments.

Happy, Happy 50th Birthday Mike, from all your fans!

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January - 2000
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Stories


RollingStone.com's Top Ten Lists
January 7, 2000


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were on top of the world in '99.

Eric Boehlert's Top Ten for 1999

1. Wood, Songs From Stamford Hill

2. Ibrahim Ferrer, Buena Vista Social Club Presents . . .

3. Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, Western Wall-Tucson Sessions

4. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Echo - "Paints a convincing picture of how grand and appealing American guitar rock can still be." . . .

Bill Crandall's Top Ten for 1999

1. Fiona Apple, When the Pawn...

2. Beck, Midnite Vultures

3. Basement Jaxx, Remedy

4. Dr. Dre, Dr. Dre 2001

5. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Echo - "Revealing without being indulgent, witty without being cute. Among Petty's best batch of songs." . . .

Richard Skanse's Top Ten for 1999

1. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Echo - "Believe Tom Petty when he says he's at the top of the world and he ain't comin' down - this is the best album of his career -- but don't believe guitarist Mike Campbell when he sings "I Don't Wanna Fight," 'cuz this band can kick your ass from L.A. to Florida and back." . . .

From http://rollingstone.tunes.com/sections/news/text/moreheadlines.asp

Thanks to Laurie Koster, January 7, 2000

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"Unbreakable Heart" Written by Heartbreaker Benmont Tench
Appears on Jessica Andrews' New Album
January 1, 2000


Track No. 5 on Jessica Andrews' new album, Heart Shaped World is "Unbreakable Heart" by Heartbreaker Benmont Tench. The album came out in late 1999.

Jessica described how she decided to use Ben's song on her album, "We had been in the studio all day and were breaking for dinner, Byron and Missi Gallimore, my mom and myself. On the way, in the car, Missi played me a cut from a Carlene Carter album called "Unbreakable Heart." I fell in love with the song the instant I heard it, by the time it was over my mom was crying and I was blown away! I knew right then I wanted to record it. It was so simple and perfect. Even if you just cut it with guitar and nothing else, it would hold it's own because it's such an amazing song.

From the beginning "Unbreakable Heart" has been my favorite song on my album. It has the most touching story, and it was co-written by Benmont Tench, the keyboard player for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers...I am so excited about it and can't wait to hear what everyone thinks."

http://www.jessicaandrews.com/unbreakable.htm, January 1, 2000

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December - 1999
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Stories


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Among Top 20 Tours of 1999
December 28, 1999


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The following is a list of the 20 biggest-grossing North American concert tours of 1999, according to figures released Tuesday by Pollstar magazine.

1. Rolling Stones - $64.7 million

2. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band - $61.4 million

3. 'N Sync - $51.5 million

4. Dave Matthews Band - $48.5 million

5. Shania Twain - $40.8 million

6. Cher - $37.7 million

7. Backstreet Boys - $37.1 million

8. Elton John - $32.5 million

9. ``George Strait's Country Music Festival'' - $32.4 million

10. Bette Midler - $31.7 million

11. Bob Dylan/Paul Simon - $30.6 million

12. Phish - $27.4 million

13. Celine Dion - $26.9 million

14. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - $26.7 million

15. Jimmy Buffett - $24.5 million

16. Ricky Martin - $22.6 million

17. John Mellencamp - $21.3 million

18. ``Lilith Fair'' - $21.2 million

19. Rod Stewart - $20.8 million

20. Billy Joel - $20.5 million

NOTE: The Rolling Stones charged the highest average ticket price for a rock act, $109.62, while the 84th-ranked Poison/Ratt double bill had the lowest in the top 100, $18.06.

Information Courtesy of Laurie Koster, December 28, 1999

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Tom Petty A Favorite in Boulder, Colorado
December 17, 1999


Here's a closer look at how lists from the readers of The Daily Camera in Boulder, Colorado and local music insiders broke down:

Most popular albums (albums in descending order of popularity): Nirvana's Nevermind, Tom Petty's Wildflowers, U2's Achtung Baby, Ani DiFranco's Out of Range, R.E.M.'s Out of Time, Concrete Blonde's Bloodletting, Paul Simon's Rhythm of the Saints, the Buena Vista Social Club album, Natalie Merchant's Tigerlily, Sheryl Crow's Tuesday Night Music Club, Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville, Cake's Fashion Nugget, Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream, Jeff Buckley's Grace and Radiohead's OK Computer.

Most popular artists (artists in order of descending popularity): Nirvana, Tom Petty, Ben Harper, Radiohead, U2, R.E.M., Tool, Ani DiFranco, Paul Simon, Natalie Merchant, Liz Phair, Sheryl Crow, Van Morrison, Cake, Lyle Lovett, Smashing Pumpkins, Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, Concrete Blonde, Alice in Chains, Ben Harper, Jeff Buckley.

Information Courtesy of Laurie Koster, December 20, 1999

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Tom Petty Photo In Rolling Stone Magazine
December 16-23, 1999


A photo of Tom Petty from 1978 is on page 133 of the December, 1999 issue of Rolling Stone. Photographed by Neil Zlozower, the photo is captioned:

" 'Funny, I don't remember anything about the shoot,' Tom Petty says of this homey portrait from 1978. But photographer Neil Zlozower does: 'I remember going to his house in the Valley. It was just me and him -- no publicist, no nothing. Everything you see, from the Marantz amplifier to the old Garrard turntable to the good old shag carpet, was all there. We didn't set it up for the photo. He was pretty cool.' "

Rolling Stone, December 16-23, 1999

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Tom Petty's Dad, Earl Petty, Passes Away
December 11, 1999


"Earl Petty, the Gainesville [Florida] insurance man whose son became a world-famous rock star, died Friday morning after a long history of illness. He was 75.

Tom Petty's dad still lived in the house he bought in 1947, where he and wife, Katherine, raised Tom, now 49, and Bruce, 47.

'He died comfortably at home,' said Gainesville Police Department Capt. Sadie Darnell, Mr. Petty's niece, who grew up in the house next door...

Katherine Petty died in 1980, the same year Tom released his first million-selling album.

'I didn't ever think he'd make anything in music,' Mr. Petty told The Sun in 1990. 'But I admired him for doing it; it made me feel good having somebody in the family that could play a tune, because none of the rest of us could.' "

Bill DeYoung,
The Gainesville Sun, December 11, 1999

Please note: For those of you who wish to send a note of support and condolences to Tom and his family, you can write to:

Tom Petty
Re: Earl Petty
P.O. Box 23125
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-0125

or

E-mail: TPWebsite@aol.com -- Subject: Earl Petty

Please be assured that these notes will be received by Tom.


Cathy Buffington, tompetty.com, December 12, 1999

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SPOTLIGHT ON MIKE CAMPBELL!

(November 18, 1999 -- Please note: Mike looked over the questions and answered the ones he could. Since many of the general ideas of the questions were duplicated, some of them were edited or compiled together. Remember, there was no guarantee that Mike would be able to answer every individual question.)

1. Amanda in NC, Ruth in NY, Kristin in TX, Tara from Canada and Lisa asked: How old were you when you started playing the guitar and what kind of guitar was it?
Mike:
I was 16 and it was a cheap Harmony from a pawnshop. My first electric guitar was a $60 Goya from Okinawa.

2. Marcia in MI, Gary in LA and Tracey in PA asked: How did you learn to play - take lessons or self-taught?
Mike:
I am self taught -- got chords from a book and learned by ear from records.

3. CJ and Charlie in CA asked: Where were you born and what high school did you graduate from?
Mike:
I was born in Panama City, Florida. I graduated from Ribault High School in Jacksonville, Florida.

4. Susan and Sean asked: Do you have any brothers or sisters? Older or younger than you?
Mike:
I have a brother, sister and half sister all younger than me.

5. Beth in IL and Juli asked: How did you get talked into quitting college to join Mudcrutch?
Mike:
I was convinced I wasn't exactly Army material. Tom threatened to break my fingers if I didn't join his band...so I quit school to play music. What were your parents' reactions to your decision? My parents didn't complain too much especially after I got my first royalty check.

6. Suzanne in NY and Juli asked: Are your kids musically inclined? Would you be enthusiastic about them pursuing music careers?
Mike:
All my kids are musically inclined but not that interested in pursuing it. I would be glad if they did.

7. Melissa asked: What was the first song you learned to play, and what is the first song you ever wrote?
Mike:
The first song I ever learned on the guitar was " Baby Let Me Follow You Down" from a Bob Dylan record....The first song I ever wrote was "Purple Sand" --- kind of a Beach Boys tune.

8. Mike in Washington, DC, Adam in Canada, Jonathan in TN, Tara in Canada, Steve, Daria, Andrew and Eric asked: Which guitarists influenced you as you were learning to play?
Mike:
I was influenced by many guitarists: Scotty Moore, Luther Perkins, George Harrison, Carl Wilson, Jerry Garcia, Roger McGuinn, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Jimmy Page, Mick Taylor, on and on.......

9. Charlie and Sue asked: When was the first time you recorded something in the studio and can you describe the experience?
Mike:
Mudcrutch recorded some demos in Miami. It was way cool being in a studio, we were instantly addicted......I remember pulling a tube out of the amp to get it to distort.

10. CJ and Noelle asked: What bands were you in prior to Mudcrutch?
Mike:
I was only in one band before Mudcrutch. It was a jam--blues type three-piece...we called ourselves Dead or Alive.

11. Jo and Charlie asked: Please describe your first meeting with Tom Petty at yours and Randall's place.
Mike:
I was in the back bedroom when Mudcrutch auditioned Randall Marsh. They asked me to sit in. We played "Johnny B Goode" and I never left. From then on everything was different…there was guitar and nothing else.

12. Ruth in NY and CJ asked: How did you come up with the name Heartbreakers; is it accurate?
Mike:
Tom came in with the name Heartbreakers. I think he nicked it from the Stones' song....we liked it---not to be taken literally.

13. Brittany in FL, Becky in MA and Tara in Canada asked: What do you enjoy most about playing with the same group of people for so many years?
Mike:
The telepathy is the best part of being in one group so long....it gets comfortable---things just flow.

14. Theresa asked: Can you tell us a prank that one band member has pulled on another band member at some point on the road or in the studio???
Mike:
I once had a sampler for a guitar effect on stage but when I stepped on it I realized someone had replaced it with a guy yelling, "GO GATORS".....most of our pranks aren't repeatable here.

15. Becky of MA and Wilma asked: What is your most memorable or embarrassing moment live on stage?
Mike:
My most memorable moment is probably playing with George Harrison at Albert Hall. THAT was a spiritual night----My most embarrassing moment was when my knee ripped in Atlanta and I hit the deck....I kinda blacked out from the pain but kept playing.

16. Suzanne of NY, Blackjack in PA, Brigitte from The Netherlands, Tara from Canada, Irina and Lena from St. Petersburg, Russia, JUKES37, Daria, CaptainP80, Steve, Susan and Debbie asked: How does it feel to finally SING in front of your fans on tour and do you plan on releasing any other songs with your lead vocal on future Heartbreaker albums?
Mike:
I love singing with the band. I hope I get to do more in the future.

17. Tara from Canada, JR and Daria asked: Surf 'n' Burn by the Blue Stingrays is great! What individual musicians other than you play on it?
Mike:
I heard a rumor that Ron Blair and Randall Marsh were at the legendary sessions of the Blue Stingrays---but this is not confirmed---however they have been seen lately in the breaks at Zuma beach.

18. Roxanne in New York, Tara from Canada, Jeanne, Scott, and Jessica asked: Who are your favorite musicians?
Mike:
I have so many favorite musicians. Right now I am really deep into Jerry Garcia.....

19. Joe and Emily asked: Do you have anyone you would describe as your mentor?
Mike:
I don't really have a mentor although I have learned something from everyone I have ever met or played with.

20. Tere in TX, Roxanne in NY, Ron in MA, Tim in FL, Jeremy, Cecilyn in CA, Daria and Christine asked: How many guitars do you have and what are your favorites in your collection?
Mike:
I'm ashamed that I don't know exactly how many guitars I have. I just got three this month ---- near 200 I guess. I'm starting to give some of them away --- no room. My favorite is my Fender Broadcaster......I'm designing one right now with a guy from Detroit. It will be a cross between Garcia's tiger and a Fender Jaguar.

21. Tim in FL asked: Is there a guitar out there you are still hoping to own?
Mike:
I was trying to buy Garcia's spare but the guy who has it is kind of elusive.

22. Scott asked: If you could choose one of your guitars to represent you (like a Mike Campbell signature model) which one would it be?
Mike:
Probably the double neck I was using on "Good to be King" --- made for me by Danny Ferrington.

23. Hubert in Germany asked: Which pick-up do you use on your "Black & Gold Custom Rickenbacker" at the Treble position? Is that guitar a unique one? I was told it's not available.
Mike:
We changed that pick-up so many times that I forget what ended up in there....something hot, THAT I'm sure of.

24. Mark in GA asked: What kind of guitar, pick-ups, amps, any effects pedals, etc. did you use to get the sound for "Don't Come Around Here No More?"
Mike:
On "Don't Come Around Here No More" I used a gold top Les Paul through a rat distortion pedal with a boss octaver and a wah wah pedal through an Ampeg rocket amp.....also used a slide bottle.

25. John asked: Do you design your guitars' setups to feel similar from one to the next, or for best individual action?
Mike:
I usually leave guitars the way I buy them.

26. Hank asked: I saw that you use those Danelectro pedals. Can you tell me your settings on the Daddy-O?
Mike:
For settings on the Danelectro pedal consult geetartec@aol.com.

27. Randy in NC and Greg asked: What is your stage amp setup and what pedals do you use? I saw what looked like several Vox AC-30's. Are your AC-30's top Boosted?
Mike:
I use a vintage AC-30 (with top boost I think) with wah wah Roland delays, Danelectro Daddy-O --- also a Kustom200 and sometimes a Bassman amp. Also on the last tour the soundman had a feed from a Groove Tube preamp for the PA only.

28. Mike asked: What are some of the amps and effects you use besides Vox AC-30s?
Mike:
In the studio we use every amp imaginable.

29. Jim in OH asked: Are there any particular Gretsch model guitars that you like to play?
Mike:
I like a Tenessean that I keep at home and I have a Firejet from '56 that is really nice.

30. Greg and Charlie asked: What was the double-neck guitar you used this tour?
Mike:
Designed by Danny Ferrington here in L.A. --- based on the shape of an old Gibson played by Robert Johnson.

31. Mike asked: Is the Telecaster you've been playing on this tour the Broadcaster that you used to play in the '70s and '80s? If it is, what made you decide to take a guitar of that value back out on the road?
Mike:
I brought the Broadcaster out for two reasons: It sounds amazing and I figured why not share the tone?

32. Lorraine in MI, Steve and Joe asked: What is your favorite song to perform live and why?
Mike:
This tour I liked "I Don't Wanna Fight" 'cause I got to be king.........I always enjoy "Runnin' Down a Dream" 'cause I get to go off.

33. Tara in Canada, Charlotte and Adrian asked: Is there a song or album that you've worked on that has special significance to you or that you are most fond/proud of?
Mike:
I really like "Lonesome Sundown" just because I was really feeling that take when we did it....it really got to me.

34. Cate in CA and Suzanne in NY asked: What CDs are in your CD player now at home?
Mike:
Right now in my CD player are Macy Gray --- Broken Arrow (Neil Young) --- Run Devil Run (McCartney) --- Fiona Apple's new one --- Mule Variations (Tom Waits).

35. Cecilyn of CA and Jeanne asked: What do you do to prepare for a gig? Any preshow rituals?
Mike:
Before a gig I may have a fear nap --- some expresso --- a little alcohol --- pace a lot --- make sure my fly is zipped --- look for Howie --- pray that the set is different from the last gig, etc.....

36. Kim in CA, Beth in IL and Kellyholck asked: How much of the audience can you see from the stage and what do you think when you see the same fans over and over again?
Mike:
Sometimes you can see a lot of crowd easily, other times it's just a big headlight in your eyes.......familiar faces are always welcome.....

37. Josh of CO, Beth of KY, Emma and Billy asked: What advice would you give a young kid trying to make it in a good ol' rock n' roll band?
Mike:
My advice to a beginner is --- HAVE FUN.

38. Ruth in NY asked: February 1st is your birthday - what does turning 50 mean to you, and when you were a kid what did you think about yourself turning half a century old?
Mike:
Turning 50 will be strange. Didn't think I ever would really but it's actually great being where I am. It has been worth the journey...and what's surprising is I feel really good --- physically and mentally. Music heals all.

39. Mary in ND asked: If it were possible for you to attend any concert (festival, etc.) from the past, which one would it be? And why?
Mike:
Bob Marley at the Roxy --- 1976. There was a presence, a feeling of bliss that I have never felt since.

40. Cecilyn in CA and Charlotte asked: What are your non-music hobbies or interests?
Mike:
I don't really have hobbies --- no time....I read and I do things with my Family....that's my greatest joy.

41. Sean and CJ asked: Name 5 things none of your fans know about you.
Mike:
1. What side of the bed I like best. 2. All my pets' names. 3. How much booty I've got in the bank. 4. How much I really love this band. 5. How much I really love all our fans.... 6. That I was a killer sax player in my last lifetime...

November - 1999
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Stories


"High Grass Dogs * Live From The Fillmore"
from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Released as a VHS Home Video and DVD Set

November 9, 1999


Warner Reprise Video announced the November 9th release of High Grass Dogs * Live From The Fillmore from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on VHS home video and DVD. This live concert retrospective was directed by Martyn Atkins and filmed at the legendary San Francisco venue in March of 1999 during the last two nights of a sold-out seven night engagement.

This spectacular 90-minute video is available for purchase at http://www.tompettydirect.com and includes a guest appearance by Bo Diddley on "Mona."

A complete track listing for High Grass Dogs * Live From The Fillmore is as follows:
Intro/California
Jammin' Me
Runnin' Down A Dream
Swingin'
Breakdown
Listen To Her Heart
You Don't Know How It Feels
Mary Jane's Last Dance
Mona (with Bo Diddley)
Lay Down My Old Guitar
Even The Losers
Walls
Angel Dream
Room At The Top
County Farm
You Wreck Me
I Don't Wanna Fight
Free Fallin'
Free Girl Now

Cathy Buffington, tompetty.com, November 9, 1999

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October - 1999
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Stories


Happy Birthday, Tom Petty!
October 20, 1999


On October 20, 1950 in Gainesville, Florida, a baby boy was born to Earl and Kitty Petty. They named him Thomas Earl Petty and destiny had something very special in store for him. He grew up to be our very own Heartbreaker, Tom Petty!

Happy Birthday Tom, from all of your devoted fans!
"He's [Tom Petty] just one of those guys who, when he walks into a room, rock 'n' roll comes with him."
-- Dave Ferman, Dallas Star-Telegram


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Celebrities Attend Last Gig of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Echo Tour
October 16, 1999


Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Phil Everly, Jenna Elfman (Dharma of "Dharma and Greg"), George Thorogood, Rick Rubin, Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, Carlene Carter and former Heartbreaker Ron Blair were among the celebrities on hand to catch Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' final show of their Echo tour at the Hollywood Bowl October 16.

Cathy Buffington, tompetty.com, and Laurie Koster, October 25, 1999

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September - 1999
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Stories


Saturday Night Live Celebrates 25th Anniversary with a Television Retrospective Which Includes Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
September 26, 1999


Saturday Night Live is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a two and a half hour prime time retrospective over the weekend of September 26. It will include a classic SNL performance by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

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"Saturday Night Live: The Musical Performances, Volumes 1 and 2"
September 21, 1999


Saturday Night Live is releasing a CD titled "Saturday Night Live: The Musical Performances, Volumes 1 and 2" on September 21. Featured in the 30 live performances from the series on Volume 1 is Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 1994 SNL performance of "Honey Bee." This CD is available at
http://www.tompettydirect.com or you can just click on "Store" on our main menu above.

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Clarence Fountain And The Five Blind Boys of Alabama
to Be Opening Act For Most of Remainder of Tour
September 9, 1999


With the exception of a few October dates, Clarence Fountain And The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama have been announced as the opening act for the remaining dates of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 1999 North American Tour. Perhaps one of the best descriptions of them came from Mark Rahner in his September 7 concert review in The Seattle Times: "Worth a mention was ... Petty's only warmup, Clarence Fountain and the Five Blind Boys from Alabama - my candidate for the best substitute for Otis Day and the Knights at a frat-house toga party. This gospel/R&B band set an exuberant tone, and got plenty of people who may never have heard of them on their feet. I half expected to see John Belushi come cartwheeling down the aisle."

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Footage From Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Video
"Don't Come Around Here No More"
Appears in New Ad Campaign for CDNOW
September 8, 1999


CDNOW, a leader in music and video commerce, together with New York ad agency Hampel/Stefanides debuted three new commercials as part of the ongoing CDNOW ad campaign that debuted during the 1999 GRAMMY Awards telecast. The new spots began appearing on such cable networks as MTV, VH1 and Country Music Television on September 7.

"... The ad campaign was developed to highlight how personal the CDNOW experience is, where each consumer creates his or her own music store.

The three new spots weave film and music video footage of diverse artists and actors.

In the "Alice" spot, which is based on the Alice In Wonderland story, the infamous White Rabbit appears on an airplane and checks its watch as we hear that "CDNOW is a wonderland of sound where Jefferson Airplane takes off on the hour." The spot includes footage from Tom Petty's famous video where he appears as the Mad Hatter, ("Don't Come Around Here No More") and the band Alice in Chains is invoked against the depiction of Lewis Carroll's Alice. A flight attendant grins like the Cheshire Cat and the onboard meal is of course, Fishbone, as that group's well-known logo appears on screen..."

CDNOW, www.prnewswire.com September 8, 1999

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Happy Birthday, Benmont Tench!
September 7, 1999


On this day in 1953 a baby boy was born in Gainesville, Florida. After learning to play piano at the age of six, he grew up to become our favorite keyboardist (and a real heartbreaker), Benjamin Montmorency (Benmont) Tench III.

Happy Birthday Benmont, from all of your admiring fans!
"The best keyboard player in rock 'n' roll."
-- Tom Petty


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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "You Wreck Me"
on Labor Day Telethon
September 5-6, 1999


Footage from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' VH1 Storytellers performance of "You Wreck Me" appeared on Jerry Lewis' annual Labor Day Telethon (September 5th and 6th) to help raise money for Muscular Dystrophy.

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August - 1999
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Stories


Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench
Join Los Lobos Onstage at Slim's in San Francisco
August 28, 1999


On Saturday, August 28, Slim's club in San Francisco was definitely the place to be after the Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's concert at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mt. View, California. Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell accompanied Los Lobos onstage at Slim's for three songs, including covers of Neil Young's "Down By The River" and the Sir Douglas Quintet's "She's About A Mover." Heartbreaker Benmont Tench added keyboards for a performance of the Blaster's "Marie Marie." Los Lobos had opened for the Heartbreakers that night as well as the night before at the Shoreline.

Laurie Koster, August 31, 1999

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Reno and Salt Lake City Shows Postponed
August 24 - 25, 1999


On Tuesday, August 24 Tom Petty's doctor diagnosed Tom with acute laryngitis and both the Reno and Salt Lake City concerts had to be cancelled. Tom was told absolutely no talking or singing for 3 days. The rest of the tour was unaffected. The band looked into rescheduling these dates, but were unable to coordinate their tour schedule with the concert venues' schedules.

Cathy Buffington, www.tompetty.com, August 24, 1999

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July - 1999
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Stories


World Premiere of "Swingin'" Video on VH1
July 19, 1999


On July 19, be sure to watch for the premiere of the cool new video for "Swingin'." Tom, Ben, Mike, Howie and Steve filmed the video just before they left for their current tour. They worked for the first time with director Mike Lipscombe. Joining the band in the video are two noted actors who build on the song's exploration of life gone astray: Robin Tunney (Niagra, Niagra, The Craft, Empire Records, Encino Man) and actor Luke Wilson (Home Fries, Rushmore, Bottle Rocket, The X-Files). The video was shot over three days in and around Los Angeles at various locations including the classic Johnie's Diner on Wilshire Boulevard.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Concert
"High Grass Dogs -- Live From the Fillmore"
To Premiere Exclusively on DIRECTV
July 17, 1999


On Saturday, July 17, DIRECTV will offer its customers the opportunity to see the broadcast premiere of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "High Grass Dogs -- Live From the Fillmore" concert free of charge. Filmed with eight cameras over the last two nights of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 1999 Fillmore shows, the 90-minute recorded concert event will premiere only on DirecTV. The first broadcast will be at 9 p.m. ET on channel 101 on the DIRECTV high-power service and channel 136 on PRIMESTAR by DIRECTV. Allowing fans to enjoy the concert at their convenience, DIRECTV will air several free replays of the concert throughout the month of July, beginning with an immediate replay at midnight ET on Sunday, July 18. This concert film was directed by Martyn Atkins, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' art director for the last several years. You can visit DIRECTV on the World Wide Web at
http://www.directv.com.

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Buffalo NY Tour Date Changed
July 13, 1999


It has been announced that the date of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Buffalo, NY (Darien Center, NY) summer concert has been changed from June 22 to July 13, 1999. The change was made because the Buffalo Sabres ice hockey team will be in the playoffs, and there is a possibility of a playoff game on June 22.

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"Tom Petty, The Rolling Stone Interview"
Issue 816/817
July 8-22, 1999


In "Tom Petty, The Rolling Stone Interview," Tom is prominently featured in the special double summer issue of Rolling Stone magazine (with Nicole Kidman on the cover).

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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers on the Conan O'Brian Show
July 7, 1999


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will be making their first appearance ever on the Conan O'Brian Show on NBC Wednesday, July 7, 1999. They will be performing "Swingin'" from their new album, Echo and Tom will be interviewed by Conan.

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June - 1999
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers News Stories


Hamburg Show To Be Repeated on German Television
June 27, 1999


The entire Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Hamburg, Germany show (from the Docks Konzerte Disco on April 23, 1999) will be repeated again on German TV channel WDR on June 27 at 1:30 a.m. European time (12:30 a.m. UK time).

Amanda Saladine, European Correspondent, Makin' Some Noise, May 18, 1999

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Tom Petty and His Daughter Adria in Rolling Stone
June 24, 1999


In their June 24th issue, Rolling Stone magazine featured an article in "Random Notes" highlighting Tom Petty's older daughter, Adria, who collaborated with Anna Gabriel (Peter Gabriel's daughter) on a performance art exhibit in Queens.

From issue 815 of Rolling Stone magazine:
"Visitors walked through Porta Potti doors into rooms coated in silver Mylar and saw grainy porn clips in a flesh-colored padded room. No, it wasn't a booth at Ozzfest -- it was an installation by Low Flame, a visual-arts duo composed of Adria Petty, daughter of Tom, and Anna Gabriel, daughter of Peter; they collaborated with guitarist Howie Statland of New York's Thin Lizard Dawn, who played while a silent film told an Eraserhead-esque story of a garbageman. The theme? "Be careful who you pretend to be," said Adria, who met Anna back at Sarah Lawrence College. "A lot of times you aren't who you pretend to be." Both rockin' dads were on hand at a performance space in Queens for the proceedings. Peter Gabriel excitedly recording everything with a camcorder. "It's absolutely wonderful," he said. "We're all going to go out and celebrate tonight." Petty concurred. "I'm a proud pop," he said."

Random Notes, Rolling Stone Magazine, June 24, 1999

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VH1 Tickets First
June 11 & 12, 1999


VH1 will air a second "VH1 Tickets First" ticket-sales promotion on Friday, June 11, then repeat it on Saturday, June 12 for several August and September shows of the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers upcoming North American tour. Fans will be able to call in to VH1 (1-800-347-9000) or connect to Ticketmaster on the Internet to buy tickets for the concerts before they go on sale to the general public.

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The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
June 10, 1999


Appearing on a small stage decorated with golden drapes, brass candlesticks and Moroccan lanterns, a relaxed and confident Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed "Swingin'" on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. During the song, Tom added a new verse: "Swingin' ... like Elvis Presley." After the song ended, Jay interviewed Tom:

Jay Leno: Hey, congratulations. You just got the big star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Tom Petty: Yeah, that was fantastic.

JL: That was very cool.

TP: Yeah, we used to walk up and down that road, years ago, and put gum on people's stars we didn't like.

JL: That shows you how long ago it was ... it was a road.

TP: Yeah, well I'm gonna go down once a month and look for gum on mine. (laughter)

JL: Have you looked around to see who you're around? Do you know who you're next to?

TP: I don't know who I'm next to because when you're there, it's all like a red carpet on the stage -- or on the street and it's very disorienting. It's kind of in front of the Roosevelt Hotel, but I don't really know.

JL: Oh, that's OJ ... OJ's right there.

TP: Oh, good! (laughs) Good.

JL: No, you're in good company. I checked and Ann Sheridan and Weslely Snipes are your neighbors.

TP: Oh, that's nice.

JL: That's very cool. That's very cool, so you're the only musician so it's not threatening ... having them in the area.

TP: Good. (laughs)

JL: Now did you ever live right in town?

TP: Yeah, I did. I lived in the Hollywood Premiere Motel in Hollywood. (both laugh)

JL: Well, that's prestigious.

TP: I don't mean to plug them. (laughs)

JL: Is it still there?

TP: I don't know. I don't go to that side of town that much, but ... we could take a look some night.

JL: Actually I don't really want to check into a motel with you, but anyway...

TP: (laughs)

JL: I mean, thanks for hitting on me and everything ... I guess when you're on the road after a while, it doesn't matter.

TP: Well... (looks around)

JL: Let me ask you this. So did you -- you didn't start here did you?

TP: No, we started in Florida. In a little town called Gainesville, Florida. And we came from there. And we're still together after all these years and enjoying it.

JL: Did you get the whole, "You'll never make it ... Go to the shoe factory or something?"

TP: Oh yeah ... all the time. Yeah. Especially my high school art teacher used to tell me that.

JL: Why would your art teacher?

TP: I don't know. I don't know. She really discouraged anything artistic. (laughs) "There's no money in it. This is no way to make a living. These are shaky people." ... And they are really shaky people. (laughs)

JL: Your national tour starts on the 15th?

TP: Yeah. (Ed. note: It really starts on the 14th.)

JL: And you're at the Grand Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on the 16th. Hey, it's always a pleasure to have you. Please, Tom, come back and see us again. The new CD, right here. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Be right back, right after this. That was great.

(Commercial break)

JL: Alright, it's not the Grand Arena, it's the Gund Arena.

TP: Really? That actually sounds X-Rated, doesn't it?

JL: Yeah, check your itinerary. That's a typical rock 'n' roller, "Really? Okay, it's the Gund Arena." Echo is the new CD.

Transcription by Cathy Buffington, www.tompetty.com, June 10, 1999

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Echo Released in the U.S. on Vinyl
June 8, 1999


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' new album, Echo was released June 8 on vinyl in the United States. Don't miss out on this Limited Edition, 180-Gram good ol' fashioned vinyl record album! The pictures are large, the cardboard and vinyl are substantially thick, and it gives you such a great feeling to hold it in your hands -- as well as the wonderful sound it has (for those of us who still have record players). Even if you don't have a record player, the album is worth it as a collectable. With the advent of CDs, many artists do not release their albums at all on vinyl anymore. However, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (and Tom Petty solo) have continued to release all their albums in vinyl (as well as CD and Cassette. This Limited Edition won't be available for sale forever, because there were only a limited number of records pressed.

Cathy Buffington, www.tompetty.com, June 10, 1999

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SPOTLIGHT ON BENMONT TENCH!

(September 18, 1999 -- Please note: Ben looked over the questions while on tour and answered the ones he could. Since many of the general ideas of the questions were duplicated, some of them were edited or compiled together. Remember, there was no guarantee that Ben would be able to answer every individual question.)

1. Dina asked: How old were you when you started music lessons and what inspired you to make this your career?
Ben:
I was six, and I just wanted to do something better than my cousin.

2. Deb asked: Do you play any other instruments besides the keyboards?
Ben:
A little bass, sort of -- maybe a little guitar. Also, do you play most of your music by ear? Mostly by hand, actually.

3. Alicia of CT and Lohrl asked: Is your first name a family name or do you know its origins?
Ben:
They're obscure and clouded … my first name's Benjamin, my middle name's Montmorency. Just put 'em together -- like Billybob ...

4. Irene of Ontario asked: What has been one of your most memorable 'milestones' over the years, music or otherwise? What DOES keep that spark going for you?
Ben:
I carry a spare canister of lighter fluid ... (and playing with Dylan).

5. Marcia of MI, Andrew, Rachel, ELazaro and Kitty asked: What do you enjoy doing in your leisure time at home or on the road?
Ben:
Sleep. Read. Sleep. Sleep some more. Maybe eat.

6. Karyn of CA asked: Do you enjoy reading in your spare time? If so, what book are you currently reading?
Ben:
Yes, and "Winter's Tale" by Mark Helprin.

7. Marcia of MI and Steve asked: Which songs are YOUR favorites to play?
Ben:
"Paranoid" and "Iron Man."

8. Kim asked: Which song or album was the most challenging from a keyboardist's perspective?
Ben:
They're all really easy ... I mean, this is a cakewalk, isn't it?

9. Frank asked: What's the hardest song for you to perform live?
Ben:
"Don't Come Around Here No More" -- lots of little bits.

10. Patti of CA asked: When are you going to sing lead vocal on a song for us??? Come on now ... Mike did it ... how about you?
Ben:
You really aren't ready for that.

11. Alex of CA, Suzanne of NY and Melissa asked: Can you tell us about one of your most memorable (great, scary, funny, or just plain weird) moments onstage?
Ben:
I just don't know what to say. Alex, you know better than that.

12. Sam of NJ, Deb in VA, Alex of CA and Colleen asked: You've worked with so many different musicians over the years. Is there anyone that you really admire and would like to work with but haven't yet?
Ben:
I don't want to jinx it by saying.

13. Deb in VA, J and SpininJen9 asked: What has been your most exciting personal musical collaboration, what was unique about it, and why did you enjoy it so very much?
Ben:
That's way too much information.

14. Adam from Canada, Amy from CA, Ann and Connie asked: What was the first song written by you and do you ever write songs anymore?
Ben:
Yes, I still write some and I will never divulge the name of that first song. Never.

15. Fred of New Orleans asked: I love how you combine the use of many keyboards. How do you decide what keyboard instrument sounds are right for a song?
Ben:
Just close your eyes and hit something.

16. Ron of MA asked: Do you still use your Vintage VOX Continental Organ?
Ben:
Yep.

17. Jeff of DE asked: I thought I saw a digital sampler in your stage setup. What kinds of sounds do you have stored in it? How do the Hammond B-3 and C-3 organs differ?
Ben:
The Hammonds are the same on the inside -- the cabinet's different. The sampler's got Chamberlin sounds in it.

18. Ann asked: Do you run your keys right through the pa or do you mike your amp?
Ben:
I have no idea. Straight, I think.

19. Alicia of CT asked: In the Echo tour book you mention something in your write up in the back about hard-boiled eggs. Is this a reference to the Marx Bros.?
Ben:
And two hard-boiled eggs.

20. Andrew, Susan and J. P. asked: Why do Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers continue to play the same songs show after show this tour with little variation?
Ben:
We're just trying to get all the chords right as it is.

21. Harry from Germany and John from England asked: Will Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tour through Europe?
Ben:
God, I hope so.

22. Joannie, Juli, Kitty and Steve asked: If you had not become a musician, what occupation or career do you think you might be in now? Any regrets?
Ben:
I've had a few, but then again ...

23. Scott of Ontario, Sam of NJ, Tom and Ann asked: Who have been your influences? Are there any records (old or new) that you still listen to and say "Damn it, that's good!"?
Ben:
Tons -- Pete Johnson, anything with Nicky Hopkins, Bach, The Rolling Stones -- it goes on and on.

24. Steve asked: What is the best thing about being in the Heartbreakers?
Ben:
The food.

25. Jonathan of GA, Anne and Todd asked: It was great what you said at the Walk of Fame ceremony about Stan Lynch and Ron Blair. How are they doing these days? What do you think were their special contributions to the band?
Ben:
They're doing great, far as I can tell. You can't really even say how much they brought to the band. It can't be quantified.

26. Debbie of VA, Suzanne of NY, Alex of CA and Jo asked: You are generally regarded among your fans as the Best Dressed Heartbreaker! Have you ever given any tips to the other guys in the group?
Ben:
... Thanks, really, but it's Howie. Got to be. I just copy Scott.

27. Orngebunny asked: Benmont, a few of us were wondering ... Boxers or briefs?
Ben:
Wonder on ...

28. Charlie and AINVW asked: What do you think of the Internet, and do you have and use a computer?
Ben:
I don't, and I haven't and don't.

29. Sam of NJ and Tom asked: What do you think of the current state of rock and roll in the music industry?
Ben:
What rock 'n' roll?

30. Catherine asked: What music do you listen to now in your leisure time? What CDs are on your CD player now at home?
Ben:
Bach, Zombies, Dylan, Beethoven, Rolling Stones.

31. Vicki of CA asked: You always seem so serene. What's your secret?
Ben:
It's all an act. Inside, I'm FREAKIN' OUT.

32. Dave asked: If you had kids of your own, knowing what you know today would you let them quit college and pursue their dream of playing music in a rock and roll band which is similar to what you did?
Ben:
Absolutely.

33. Dee asked: What is the best advice you have ever received?
Ben:
DON'T GIVE ADVICE TO ANYONE. The worst advice? Answer these questions.

34. Linda of PA asked: How will you and/or the Heartbreakers be celebrating the new millennium?
Ben:
Ask me on January 2nd.

Cathy Buffington, www.tompetty.com, September 18, 1999

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Echo Tour Reviews


October 16, 1999
The Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California


"At this splendid concert on an overcast Saturday night, a revitalized Tom Petty and his dependable band the Heartbreakers gave a worthy performance indeed. To the audience at a packed Hollywood Bowl, the veteran everyman-rocker promised a memorable evening of "100% American rock 'n' roll," and that he certainly delivered.

Wrapping a grueling four-month U.S. schedule at the Bowl, Petty and his longtime mates gave an advanced lesson in straight-ahead rock music with a heart, offering hit after familiar hit in a two-hour-plus program that affectionately visited all facets of Petty's impressive 20-year recording career.

Many of Petty's better known radio faves, like "Runnin' Down a Dream," 1979's "Don't Do Me Like That" and encore entry "Free Fallin'," with its crowd-pleasing references to the San Fernando Valley, were offered in album-true versions that brought the house to its feet and to its collective singing voice.

Elsewhere, the burning emotion of "Breakdown" gave way to a long and happy guitar jam, and "Walls," from the album Petty recorded for the 1996 film She's the One, was stripped down to its nifty acoustic foundation. The racy "Mary Jane's Last Dance," from Petty's 1993 Greatest Hits set, was the show's surprise stand-out track...

The show ... closed with a rousing take on the classic "Gloria," featuring three identical cherry red Gibson 335 guitars played by Petty, Mike Campbell and Scott Thurston, and the finale "American Girl," which was dramatically accompanied by pairs of behind-stage sky-tracking spotlights."

Troy J. Augusto, Reuters/Variety, October 16, 1999

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October 7, 1999
United Center, Chicago, Illinois


"Playing before a stadium packed primarily with baby boomers, Petty and his crack band, the Heartbreakers, rocked the United Center with a hits-heavy set that was long on cheeseburger-and-fries American rock and short on dull moments.

... Thursday night at the United Center, he [Petty] let out the secret once again: The man is one of the last of a dying breed, a full-fledged rock star. Taking to the stage in a long burgundy coat and leather pants and vest, Petty was every inch the front man who can rock hard with a brand of rock influenced by everybody from the Byrds, Beatles and Stones to Stax soul.

But Petty didn't just play the music; he played the crowd, too. From the outsized gestures on the set-opening "Jammin' Me" to the call-and-response on "Breakdown" and the trippy shenanigans on "Don't Come Around Here No More," Petty was a larger-than-life, affable stage presence who could deliver from stage to the cheap seats.

Of course, it doesn't hurt to have one of rock's most reliable bands working with you. Thursday, the rhythm section of drummer Steve Ferrone and bassist Howie Epstein provided a sturdy backdrop for the simple elegance of Benmont Tench's keyboards and the soaring lead guitar of Mike Campbell...

But in the end, these were [this was] ... a rock star trying to share his sense of goofy fun."

Jeff Wisser, Chicago Sun Times, October 8, 1999

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October 1, 1999
First Union Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


"Petty and the Heartbreakers jolted open a recent show with the stop-start guitar stomp of "Jammin’ Me," the tricky riff of "Runnin’ Down a Dream" and the halting backbeat and familiar six-string melody of "Breakdown." It only got better from there, with grabbing renditions of "Swingin’" and "Free Girl Now" from the new Echo CD (Warner), and a final blast of "American Girl." The two-hour show offered proof of a truth that’s becoming self-evident: These Florida-rooted boys are as tight and mighty as the Rolling Stones were in their prime — a real rock band that can crush this town."

Philip Booth, [Philadelphia] www.citypaper.net, October 2, 1999

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September 28, 1999
Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, South Carolina


"That Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have a way with plugged-in guitars has never been in dispute.

But Tuesday night at the Bi-Lo Center, they showed their acoustic chops as well. In fact, a couple of slowed-down songs generated some of the biggest impact of the show.

There was a pretty version of the usually up-tempo "Walls," but the real show-piece was "I Won't Back down." With Petty on acoustic guitar and lead guitarist Mike Campbell picking a mandolin, the group put a slight country flair on the tune. Petty's no-compromise lyrics, which come across as angry defiance on the recorded version of the song, took a tone of calm fortitude in this rendition. The resolve was still there, but the change of attitude added a note of strength to the song.

The Heartbreakers, as usual, were top-notch. Campbell's outstanding guitar work got some well-deserved time in the spotlight, and Benmont Tench added a nice jazzy piano piece to "It's Good To Be King."

Donna Isbell Walker, Greenville News, September 30, 1999

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September 24, 1999
Lakewood Amphitheater, Atlanta, Georgia


"... legendary rockers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers brushed aside rumors that rock is dead with a vibrant show covering nearly two decades of hits ... As if to brush off the austere feel of today's techno and thrash rock, the blond rocker didn't deviate one guitar chord from the soaring sounds that made a star nearly two decades ago. Mike Campbell's sustained guitar solos and Benmont Tench's soulful keyboards weaved together as if they were coming through a set of fat headphones ... Judging from the packed house, peppered with both young and middle-aged faces, Petty has been at it long enough to find himself an anomaly. He's a classic rocker who still has something to say."

Rickard L. Eldredge, Atlanta Journal, September 25, 1999

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September 22, 1999
Coral Sky Amphitheater, West Palm Beach, Florida


"Petty and the Heartbreakers, closing fast on their 25th year, nevertheless coaxed pure joy -- for themselves and the audience -- from a two-hour set of pithy tunes so familiar and beloved they are the connective tissue of all classic rock music from the late 1970s onward...

Having started strong, Petty and the cheerfully ragged-looking band -- guitarist Mike Campbell, bassist Howie Epstein, keyboardist Benmont Tench, drummer Steve Ferrone and awesome utility man Scott Thurston -- settled in for an evening outdoors that mixed guitar-shop fun with garage-band chumminess.

The protean set included songs from the group's excellent new album, Echo, and three decades' worth of rock 'n' roll delights...

The sweet melancholy of the Echo album eased nicely into the patchwork of Petty's wide-ranging songbook. The new tune "Free Girl Now" was perfectly matched to its older three-chord sibling, "You Wreck Me." Played back to back, they propelled the set toward an effusive close that included a cover of Them's "Gloria" and Petty's own "American Girl."

By the end, Petty and the Heartbreakers had fully covered the american rock audio landscape, which was to be expected: They have practically owned that space for years."

Sean Piccoli, www.sun-sentinel.com, September 23, 1999

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September 21, 1999
Ice Palace, Tampa, Florida


"For the first time in four years, the band whose beginnings date back more than a quarter century to the Central Florida garage band Mudcrutch treated fans at the Ice Palace to a two-hour sampling of why they remain one of rock's most artful dodgers.

Vintage guitars plugged into a battery of ancient amplifiers added a vibrancy to Petty's simplicity-for-simplicity's-sake formula...

Big pop beats and energetic guitar aesthetics are Petty's specialty, and they drove familiar songs such as "Don't Do Me Like That," "You Wreck Me" and "Don't Come Around Here No More" with a precision that can only come from a band that still enjoys performing together. Original members, including guitarist Mike Campbell, keyboardist Benmont Tench and bassist Howie Epstein, and complimented by drummer Steve Ferrone and guitarist Scott Thurston, showed their prowess often, but being the precision unit that fans have associated with Petty was perhaps their greatest attribute."

Logan Neill, St. Petersburg Times, September 22, 1999

"Florida native Tom Petty got a warm homecoming welcome from a crowd estimated at around 12,000 at the Ice Palace Tuesday night.

Petty and his excellent band, the Heartbreakers earned every clap.

"It's Good to be King" was one of the concert's peaks. The extended version of the song, from Petty's 1994 album Wildflowers, gave guitarist Mike Campbell some space to stretch, which he used exceedingly well. Campbell is one of rock 'n' roll's most economical instrumentalists, a quality he maintained through several minutes of guitar heroics, some in tandem with Petty, that never once approached tedium...

Petty and Campbell may have spent the most time in the sporlight-this is a guitar band, after all. But the rest of the Heartbreakers are equally excellent. Keyboardist Benmont Tench added shading and color to every number, while Howie Epstein contributed solid bass work as well as harmony vocals throughout the set. Auxiliary Heatbreaker-Scott Thurston joined Epstein for harmonies and also added keyboards, harmonica and a third guitar. Drummer Steve Ferrone kept up a thunderous backbeat."

Curtis Ross, The Tampa Tribune, September 23, 1999

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September 16, 1999
Starplex Amphitheater, Dallas, Texas


"I've been going to Tom Petty concerts for 20 years now, and he's never given a bad show -- not even close.

... His hits-filled set was the perfect antidote to seeing many of his contemporaries struggle with the passage of time. He's just one of those guys who, when he walks into a room, rock 'n' roll comes with him.

... Kicking off at 9:15 p.m. with "Jammin' Me" and "Runnin' Down A Dream," Petty and band -- guitarist Mike Campbell, bassist Howie Epstein, keyboardist Benmont Tench, guitarist/harmonica player Scott Thurston and drummer Steve Ferrone -- were in fighting trim. Led by Campbell's sinewy guitar and Tench's organ, the band worked through favorites such as Mary Jane's Last Dance" and countrified "I Won't Back Down" that turned into giant sing-alongs.

Dressed in leather pants, a vest and a frilly Edwardian shirt, Petty sang as well as I've ever heard him ..."

Dave Ferman, Star-Telegram, September 17, 1999

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September 13, 1999
Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver, Colorado


"From the very first drum beat and the opening flash of stage lights, the sellout crowd was jumping, swaying and shouting. Petty whipped the band into "Jammin' Me," followed by a rousing, thumping version of "Runnin' Down A Dream...

Petty was having fun. "You're just wild and crazy out there, aren't you? he said after "Don't Do Me Like That." "I love it."

... Right out of the gate and throughout the show, guitarist Mike Campbell, bassist Howie Epstein and keyboardist Benmont Tench were strutting their stuff. They were crisp, tight and teamed up for bluesy harmonies in a folksy version of "[I] Won't Back Down."

... Early in the show, Petty pulled out one of the new ones, "Swingin'" -- a song about a good girl gone band. The audience -- including long-haired "Deadheads" and ballcap-wearing suburbanites -- bopped and bounced to the latest from Petty.

... Petty is still cranking out hard-rockers and rugged ballads with that same sly zest. And he's still having fun."

Bill Briggs, The Denver Post, September 14, 1999

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September 5, 1999
The Gorge Amphitheater, George, Washington


"Midway through his show at The Gorge Sunday, Tom Petty told the audience, "The greatest thing in my life is to be here on stage with my old friends The Heartbreakers."

It was the kind of comment that was obviously genuine and utterly unnecessary. Watching Petty and his band on stage, their love for the craft of rock 'n' roll was plenty clear -- with or without words.

Sunday was night two of Petty's two-show stand at The Gorge, and he broke out a victorious string of his hits. These were Americana tales of heartbreak and triumph, told with the gleeful intensity of a band that remains as vital today as it was in the '70s.

...The Heartbreakers (guitarist Mike Campbell, keyboardist Benmont Tench, bassist Howie Epstein, drummer Steve Ferrone and multi-instrumentalist Scott Thurston) were tight and top-notch in the execution of their rootsy psychedelic sound. Campbell took over as lead singer for "I Don't Wanna Fight," proving himself an "A" student in the Petty/Dylan school of nasal singing.

...Petty's music defies historical categorization in its timeless sound. There was no better proof of that than the hour-long interpretive dance performed by the lanky 20-year-old standing next to me. He was just one of many enthusiastic young fans in this crowd that also defied age categorization."

Winda Benedetti, www.spokane.net, September 8, 1999

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September 4, 1999
The Gorge Amphitheater, George, Washington


"Dressed in a black coat, pants and vest, with a white, ruffled shirt, Petty got off to a furious start with "Jammin' Me" and "Runnin' Down A Dream" -- which included an attention-getting jam by longtime guitarist Mike Campbell.

If the band hadn't toured for four years, it was hard to tell. They cranked out a flawless two hours of ageless, back-to-basics rock that wasn't too heavy on new material from his current release, Echo, and included most of the favorites.

In fact, hearing Petty's new material alongside songs two decades old showed just how consistent he is -- the flip side of sameness. He's a no-nonsense musician who hasn't messed with reinventing himself or bowing to flavor-of-the-month trends."

Mark Rahner, The Seattle Times, September 5, 1999

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September 1, 1999
Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon


"... Petty and company certainly appeared to enjoy themselves, and yet somehow they don't seem a day older than when last they played here four years ago. Sure, there's not quite as much demonstrative camaraderie (facing off with guitars, jostling shoulders, that sort of thing) or dancing around, but otherwise these guys still are going for it like the swaggering young guns they once were ... He [Petty] doesn't rest on the laurels of familiarity; he relights the fire behind every song.

It's not as though he hasn't matured. He still can make a racket for its own sake, as he did here in a comically hip version of the bar-room classic "Gloria", or kick up a fuss for a good cause, as with the recent single "Free Girl Now", which deals with sexual harassment. But a more thoughtful side to Petty's character has emerged in recent years. "You Don't Know How It Feels", for instance, moves beyond the defiance of "Jammin' Me" and "I Won't Back Down" into a more measured resilience, a sturdy dignity that withstands the sadness.

Of course, the Heartbreakers probably could make the Milli Vanilli songbook sound great. Campbell has long been Petty's right-hand man, and his playing continues to be a marvel. From the cool, jazzy riff he pulled out for the end of "Breakdown" to the chiming figure that closed "Listen To Her Heart", from the big-note twang of "Runnin' Down a Dream" and "You Got Lucky" to the faux-raga intro of "Don't Come Around Here No More", Campbell's command of tonal nuance and economical construction was flawless.

If only it hadn't all gone by so fast.

Marty Hughly, The Oregonian, September 3, 1999

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August 30, 1999
Arco Arena, Sacramento, California


"A Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concert is practically a guaranteed good show, which was the case at Monday night's concert for 10,000 fans at Arco Arena. The group has more than two decades of experience performing together, and has some of the catchiest tunes in rock music. Petty had to postpone two concerts last week because of throat problems. It seems that the rest paid off, and throughout the night Petty's voice sounded solid.

... Some of the group's most compelling moments came when the volume was scaled back a bit, which in turn made the band's dynamic sense more evident. Petty sang a stirring acoustic version of "I Won't Back Down," and without electric guitars blaring in the background, the lyrics took a more reflective tone with the somber tinge to Petty's vocals. "Walls," also performed with acoustic-electric guitar, similarly had a warm, introspective touch.

The band was equally riveting when it played full-blown rock 'n' roll songs, which included electrifying versions of "Jammin' Me," "You Wreck Me" and "American Girl..."

Petty's set was a grab bag of hits from the group's recording career, and songs from the band's latest album, Echo, translated well to the live arena. The stomper "Free Girl Now" sat perfectly in the set with Petty's FM rock classic "American Girl," and the melancholy rocker "Swingin'" had a walloping ending that featured lean, mean electric guitar leads from Petty."

Chris Macias, The Sacramento Bee, September 1, 1999

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August 27, 1999
Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mt. View, California


"Much has been made of Bruce Springsteen regrouping the E Street Band to tour this year ... But for my money, the E Street Band is not the best backing group in the business. That distinction goes to the Heartbreakers.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played to roughly 20,000 rabid fans Friday night at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, the first of a two-night stand, and the fact that the show was a success had as much to do with the backing musicians as it did with Petty himself...

Just after 9 p.m., the house went dark, and then with a burst of adrenaline, drums and guitar, the lights were raised, and Petty and the Heartbreakers hit the crowd with "Jammin' Me," from 1987's Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)...

The band kicked into a higher gear for "Runnin' Down A Dream" ... The live version also included a ferocious solo by [Mike] Campbell that kept getting more intense as the song drew to a close.

... It's good to live in the Bay Area if you are a Petty fan. Back in early '97, the rocker played a long residency of shows at the comparatively dinky 1,000 capacity Fillmore in San Francisco, and returned for another stint earlier this year. It was a chance to see a legendary performer at his prime, still at the point where he can fill amphitheaters and arenas, in an intimate environment. Some of the renditions of songs that he would work out on the Fillmore stage would find their way to the big show Friday, such as the softer take on "I Won't Back Down."

Petty and his band closed the show with a terrific triple-shot encore of "Free Fallin'," "Gloria" and "American Girl." Nobody was thinking about the E Street Band as they walked out to their cars, the last strains of "American Girl" still echoing in their heads. This night belonged to the Heartbreakers."

Jim Harrington, Contra Costa Times, August 30, 1999

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August 21, 1999
The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada


"... while Petty and company are set to return to Las Vegas in mid-October ... the cramped confines of the Hard Rock lent Saturday's show an intimacy that won't be recaptured in an arena.

Starting things off with a classic rocker, "Around & Around," the willowy, blond-haired Petty looked, and sounded, much like he did when he rolled through town for a one-nighter at the Aladdin Theater for the Arts in 1981...

... they ["You Got Lucky," "Even The Losers"] were delivered with such an earnest manner by Petty that they maintain a durable sense of conflicting teen emotions laid bare. "Babe, it couldn't have been that easy to forget about me," Petty sang in the otherwise self-deprecating "Even the Losers" while "You Got Lucky" leans on a self-affirming hope that the girl left behind will someday appreciate the good things he brought to her life...

Petty ... appeared pleased by way of ready smiles and his upbeat demeanor, talking most about his love of the Everly Brothers...

The sense of timelessness ... likely ensures another decade or two of good music with an underlying message that all hearts can be healed even though the scar tissue on the soul will never fade."

Michael Paskevich, Las Vegas Review-Journal, August 23, 1999

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August 19, 1999
America West Arena - Phoenix, Arizona


"After four years away from the concert circuit, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers let Phoenix know Thursday night that there's still room at the top for their straight-ahead brand of American rock and roll.

... Petty seemed to effortlessly move through his well-crafted songs and often had the crowd singing along. Guitarist Mike Campbell looked downright casual as he reeled off one flawless solo after another.

Petty's good karma is contagious, and he had the audience in the palm of his hand from the slashing first chords of "Jammin' Me" through an encore that included the garage-band gem "Gloria."

... The driving "Free Girl Now," also from Echo, had the crowd dancing, but 1994's "You Wreck Me" was the ultimate rocker of the evening. The latter's no-frills, meat-and-potatoes chord work and lyrics epitomized Petty and the Heartbreakers at their best."

Larry Rodgers, The Arizona Republic, August 20, 1999

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August 18, 1999
Coors Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA


"Touring together for the first time in four years, Petty and company -- guitarist Mike Campbell, keyboardist Benmont Tench, bassist Howie Epstein and honorary Heartbreakers Steve Ferrone (drums) and Scott Thurston (guitars and keyboards) -- sounded as tight as always and more committed than ever...

From the bristling double whammy of "Jammin' Me" and "Runnin' Down A Dream" that opened the show to the exhilarating versions of "Gloria" and "American Girl" that brought it roaring to a close more than two hours later, Petty and his 23-year-old band performed with the intuitive finesse of the pros they are and the wild-eyed music lovers they continue to be...

Petty can still yowl like a junkyard dog and purr like a pussycat, and the Heartbreakers can still match him step for cagey step.

... Petty's room at the top had a panoramic view that featured a promising chunk of the road ahead. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are still motoring forward, and the rest of us would be wise to hop on board, or be left in the dust."

Karla Peterson, The San Diego Union-Tribune, August 20, 1999

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August 13, 1999
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre - Irvine, California


"Face it, they're the best rockers touring today...

Quite simply, there is no better band in rock right now than Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers...

In fact, none of them [the Black Crowes, Wilco, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, the Stones] come close to the inspiring chemistry, expert intuition, force-of-nature fury and sheer excitement of the Heartbreakers. Miraculously, they seem to get better and better with age...

... Petty writes from deep within his pure rock 'n' roll heart to speak to the everyday and the universal, but in ways so personal to him you feel nosy for having imagined they might relate to you. It's the sort of subtly emotional terrain that Petty has charted again and again, and the Heartbreakers '60s-weaned but timeless sound makes the mapping that much easier.

All of that passionate conviction was there in those hits Friday night, of course, and it was jaw-dropping to be reminded just how many instant classics Petty has written this decade alone...

For stellar, take the killer finale of "American Girl" or that amazing remake of "Gloria," complete with a rambling but humorously tall tale tossed in the middle of it. For invention, try Petty greatly rethinking "I Won't Back Down" as an Eagles-ish acoustic number (and, wow, what harmonies) or shifting the bittersweet "Walls," one of his most tender songs, away from its midtempo toe-tapping and toward a more aching, almost, um, heartbroken plea.

... Most rock shows these days wear out their welcome at an hour. Petty and the Heartbreakers were just getting warmed up after two. To think of what they might have done with a third."

Ben Wener, The Orange County Register, August 16, 1999

"Echo, released last spring, is the most personal, penetrating and perhaps finest album of Petty's career. That's something to celebrate in a band that debuted in 1976 and stands as the last of rock's arena-level old guard, a breed we expect to recycle old glories, not thrive with fresh inspiration...

The two-hour-plus set saw Petty and band navigate through four hits from the '70s, six from the '80s, five from the pre-Echo '90s, two garage-rock songs from the 1960s, and four songs--not nearly enough--from the new album.

... The new stuff came across with a special spark ... overall, there was nothing tired about the recitation of hits; songs such as "Don't Come Around Here No More," "Free Fallin'," "American Girl" and "You Got Lucky" are sturdy and reliable, and Petty and the Heartbreakers fired many of them up with long jams that were models of what rock classicism should be: precision married to passion."

Mike Boehm, The Los Angeles Times, August 16, 1999

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August 7, 1999
The Pyramid - Memphis, Tennessee


"... Petty the songwriter is like a great filmmaker, casting his lens on characters we not only remember but have come to care about: the woman who "might need a lot of lovin' but she don't need you" in "Listen To Her Heart;" the girl who goes down "Swingin'" on his latest album, Echo -- and on that one, Petty didn't miss a beat, adding to the refrain "she went down swingin' like Elvis Presley!"

Of course, Petty's songs couldn't plead their case without the brilliant Heartbreakers: guitarist Mike Campbell, keyboardist Benmont Tench and bassist Howie Epstein, joined on stage by drummer Steve Ferrone and guitarist Scott Thurston.

... knowing when to back off, which the Heartbreakers did for a stripped-down acoustic arrangement of "I Won't Back Down." Consisting of little more than Petty's simple strums on guitar plus near-bluegrass harmonies, the song wrapped the audience around Petty's finger. Here was a diehard romantic and 11,000 believers...

[Lucinda] Williams turned her country blues into glorious roots rock, especially on pumped-up versions of ... "Change The Locks," the song Tom Petty covered on his soundtrack to She's The One. Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench couldn't help jamming on stage with Williams for that one."

Bill Ellis, The Commercial Appeal, August 8, 1999

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August 3, 1999
Target Center - Minneapolis, Minnesota


"... as the two-hour and ten-minute performance went on, a theme developed: Each song deftly reflected the struggle of the common man and woman...

Song after song they came, stories about people seeking strength from within: The down-but-not-out heroine in "Swingin'." The restless vagabond in "Runnin' Down A Dream." The semi-cad-in-need-of-more on the verge of a "Breakdown." The resilient loser in "Room At The Top." The emancipated waitress of "Free Girl Now." The cocky survivor in "I Won't Back Down." The royalty-in-his-dreams of "It's Good To Be King."

And like the ageless-looking Petty, his characters could have been hatched in 1979 just as well as 1999. And his band of 25 years brought every one to life with an uncommon fire, thanks largely to the guitar assault cranked out by Petty and guitarist Mike Campbell. There were ringing guitars. Screaming guitars. Strumming guitars. Telecasters. Stratocasters. Flying V's. Hollow bodies. Double-necked monstrosities."

Jim Walsh, Pioneer Press, August 4, 1999

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July 31, 1999
New World Music Theatre - Tinley Park, Illinois (Chicago, Illinois)


"... Tom Petty put on one of the best arena shows of the summer Saturday night. The Everyman rocker and his longtime backing band the Heartbreakers were all the more likable for their ordinariness. One could easily imagine them playing in a bar or a garage as before a sold-out house at the New World Music Theatre--and that's a compliment...

Guitarist Mike Campbell claimed the spotlight during a well-executed surf medley and a rave-up jam on "It's Good To Be King," but the heart of the Heartbreakers' sound was keyboardist Benmont Tench, who never failed to choose the perfect tones to accent his bandmates' Byrdsy jangle."

Jim DeRogatis, Chicago Sun-Times, August 2, 1999

"... Judging by their performance at the New World Music Theatre on Saturday, Petty and company arguably can lay claim to also being the best purebred rock 'n' roll band around.

A simple glance at the elaborately candle-laden stage and massive, incense-filled lights hanging from the rafters showed that the band carried with it a sense of purpose in its first road trip in four years...

... while the classics were plentiful, Petty didn't so much relive the past as neatly merge his pedigree with some of the finer tunes off of the band's latest release, Echo.

For every "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and "Don't Do Me Like That," there was a song such as "Swingin'" that allowed Petty to flex his creative muscles while paying homage to the Sonny Listons and Sammy Davises of the world.

Petty also displayed a freshness on such modernistic tracks as "Room At The Top" and "Free Girl Now" that allowed him to experiment without ever straying too far from his roots."

Jason Paha, Daily Southtown, August 3, 1999

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July 30, 1999
Marcus Amphitheater - Milwaukee, Wisconsin


"Friday night's show at the Marcus Amphitheater by Tom Petty was at once soothing and exciting, nostalgic and stirring.

The combination of 20,000 fans wedged into the amphitheater on a 90-plus-degree evening made for added energy and heat. Yet with the solidly baby-boomer audience, familiar with the parade of hits - bar and jukebox classics going back more than 20 years - there also was a laid-back feel hanging in the balmy air, as if Petty and his boys were merely the house band of their favorite neighborhood pub...

Having been their leader so long, the Heartbreakers seem more like buddies working in a large, family-run business than strictly musicians for hire, with [guitarist Mike] Campbell, bassist Howie Epstein (a Milwaukee native), drummer Steve Ferrone and rhythm guitarist Scott Thurston offering the kind of intricate pop overlay that is crafted as much from hanging out together in bars as in rehearsal studios."

Nick Carter, Journal Sentinel, July 31, 1999

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July 23, 1999
Deer Creek Amphitheater - Indianapolis, Indiana


"Tom Petty essentially played the role of "TP Jukebox" Friday night. The good news is that his jukebox of memorable rock standards could play long after the 2 hr-15 minute time allowed at Deer Creek Music Center. A sold out audience of 21,000 was treated to hit after hit, all worthy of individual attention...

The openers were "Jammin' Me" and "Runnin' Down A Dream," a still-searing track thanks to Mike Campbell's ever-underrated guitar work.

... "Mary Jane's Last Dance," probably Petty's finest single since his consistently brilliant Full Moon Fever album, brought down the house with its Indiana references. An acoustic version of "I Won't Back Down" worked as a bluegrass number: Petty and Epstein on high harmony and Campbell on mandolin.

... because the Heartbreakers sound remains so entirely appealing the show didn't wax nostalgic."

David Lindquist, The Indianapolis Star, July, 1999

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July 9, 1999
Tweeter Center - Mansfield, Massachusetts (Boston, Massachusetts)


"It's a small club to which Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers belong. Twenty years on, America's premiere roots rock outfit not only command huge crowds and win critical praise, they've racked up an impressive list of hits that cross gender, race and age lines in their appeal.

Last night's two hour and 15 minute set, the first of two at a nearly sold out Tweeter Center, featured 23 songs, almost all of which were quality, charting hits.

But more importantly, the sextet played, on their first tour in four years, with fire, grace and whimsy, and showed a respect for one another that spilled off the stage into their boisterously appreciative audience...

New album Echo was well represented by the Motown-style stomper "Free Girl Now," the gentle to jagged "Room at the Top" and a loosely grooving "Swingin'" featuring the harmonica filigrees of Scott Thurston...

Petty was truly gracious throughout the set but showed his gratefulness best by adding two encores to his printed set list..."

Sarah Rodman, Boston Herald, July 19, 1999

"This is the first time in four years that we've been on the road," said the ever-affable Petty. "And the most fun of it is that I get to be up here with my friends..."

"... a shimmering set from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, who played like an unstoppable, joyously coordinated team. Petty and company were hot as the rajah-like red draperies and incense burners that lent a fiery flavor to the evening right away. And the band's restive, rootsy tales of life in search of romance and other dreams were blasted through an outstanding sound system -- a new, state-of-the-art Vidas system from France. The result was one of the best sounding shows in memory at this sometimes cavernous shed.

The Heartbreakers jumped out of the gate with "Jammin' Me," "Runnin' Down a Dream," and the still-menacing "Breakdown..."

New song "Swingin'" was about a woman who comes out "swingin' like Charlie Parker ... Benny Goodman ... and Sonny Liston," Petty sang with a retro glee...

Guitarist Mike Campbell, besides slamming out one classic riff after another, sang for the first time in concert (the hook-filled "I Don't Wanna Fight," in which he actually sounded a lot like Petty) and took off on a surf-rock lounge jam through the Ventures' "Penetration." A nice change of pace.

The guitar hammer went down again later, with the likes of "You Got Lucky," the slashing new "Free Girl Now," the visceral "You Wreck Me," and the ageless "American Girl."

Steve Morse, The Boston Globe, July 10, 1999

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July 6, 1999
Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto, Ontario, Canada


"Like the strong, cool breeze that finally broke Toronto's uncomfortable heatwave of the last few days, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers were a welcome sight at the Molson Amphitheatre last night.

... the band were in exceptionally tight shape, having been on the road for three weeks with the equally pleasing-to-the-ears Lucinda Williams, and managed to deliver a performance unmatched by anything thus far in this summer's ho-hum concert season...

... The set list stretched all the way back to such '70s morsels as "Breakdown," "American Girl" and "Don't Do Me Like That," before moving through Petty's prolific '80s period with "You Got Lucky," "Don't Come Around Here No More," "Free Fallin'," "Runnin' Down A Dream" and "I Won't Back Down."

Even the '90s material, "You Don't Know How It Feels," "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and "Walls," along with five songs from Echo were all received well by the audience -- especially the new album's barnburner first single, "Free Girl Now," and more thoughtful tunes like "Rhino Skin" and "Room At The Top."

... There were red velvet curtains, gold tassles, ornate hanging lanterns, pillows, plenty of candles, moving backdrops ... and even a wooden trunk out of which Petty pulled a black top hat to perform "Don't Come Around Here No More."

Jane Stevenson, Toronto Sun, July 7, 1999

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July 2, 1999
Jones Beach Amphitheater - Wantagh, New York


"... True to form, the Heartbreakers rose to the occasion, never once letting their guard down...but best of all was an achingly beautiful acoustic reading of "Walls" (from She's The One), followed by Echo's majestic "Room At The Top."

As impressive as their playing was (particularly Mike Campbell, surely the most underrated guitarist in rock alive today), even more impressive was the sense of how much fun they were having. Petty attacked each song with fresh gusto (and a new guitar); afterwards, he'd comically stumble as though knocked back by the applause and respond with enthusiastic thanks like an all-American Roberto Benigni."

Richard Skanse, RollingStone.com, July 6, 1999

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June 30, 1999
PNC Bank Arts Center- Holmdel, New Jersey


"Unlike so many rock performers spawned in the '70s, Petty is writing some of the strongest material of his career. Yet, none of those old hits sound the least bit dated, and, back with his long-time band after several solo albums, Petty looked so happy to be resurrecting them."

Tammy Paulino, Asbury Park Press, July 3, 1999

"The new material seems to have reinvigorated both Petty and his longtime band, who appeared looser than ever but sounded as tight as ever...

When Petty and the band creaked into their chiming new garage-rocker, "Free Girl Now," the entire crowd was on its feet, roaring and clapping along. That set the stage for the evening's highest point, a stratospheric "American Girl" -- demonstrating the consistency of quality between Petty's oldest and newest songs."

Ben Horowitz, Newark Star-Ledger, July 3, 1999

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June 29, 1999
The Meadows Music Theatre - Hartford, Connecticut


"The concert burden of a rock star with any longevity is to balance in concert the oldies fans expect with the new work he really wants to present.

The task for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is even more difficult, as the affable blond star admitted early in his storm-defying show at Hartford's Meadows Music Theatre on Tuesday.

"I've got so many songs to play for you tonight -- so many," he said.

Indeed, the sheer number of his memorable songs can be seen in the songs he didn't have time to perform...

... there did come some unexpected gems: an acoustic, deliberate "I Won't Back Down" followed by the early "Listen to Her Heart." Later, a similarly low-key "Walls" led to a fine version of the new "Room at the Top."

It helped that the Heartbreakers are such a good band...

A lot of this is thanks to lead guitarist Mike Campbell, who not only got to be featured in a surf medley spotlight that melded "Apache" to Neil Young's "Hurricane," but got to sing his own new song, "I Don't Wanna Fight."

Roger Catlin, The Hartford Courant, June 30, 1999

"...Opening with a hard-driving version of "Jammin' Me," Petty and his band turned the concert into a dance-filled festival that looked straight out of 1967...

From the very start, Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell proved to be a brilliant, hard-rocking talent, providing consistently exciting, innovative leads, solos, and segues to Petty's solid rhythm guitar playing. For the second song of the evening, "Runnin' Down A Dream," Campbell played a very cool, lower-register bridge riff followed by an unbelievably coherent, interpretive solo.

After that, the crowd went crazy during the syncopated lead-in to the late '70s FM radio hit, "Breakdown," a steamy rock classic with a wickedly incessant beat. Petty led the audience in a joyful singalong of "woahs" and "yeahs" during the song's bridge.

Playing for 2 1/2 hours, the middle-aged men in this band were clearly in love with their work, calmly enjoying what appeared visually to be a jam session. But the sounds they were making were just too clear, distinctive, and imaginative to be anything that haphazard."

Greg Brown, Journal Inquirer, June 30, 1999

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June 26, 1999
Waterfront Entertainment Centre - Camden, New Jersey


"... For more than two decades now, he's [Tom Petty] been writing one instantly memorable radio hit after another, and the '60s-inspired straw-haired rocker and his erst-while band, the Heartbreakers, have built a career that's among the most reliable in rock.

... The Heartbreakers, anchored by Steve Ferrone on drums, are a terrific band. Playing on a stage hung with drip paintings to look like Jackson Pollock's living room, Campbell wielded his whammy bar with great dexterity on "You Got Lucky," Benmont Tench's Hammond B-3 rolled in right on time on "Don't Do Me Like That," and on one well-constructed tune after the next, all the pieces fit together. By the time the big hooks came out on "Free Fallin'" and "You Wreck Me," Petty had the crowd in the palm of his hand."

Dan DeLuca, The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 28, 1999

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June 25, 2999
Nissan Pavilion - Bristow, Virginia (Washington, DC)


"... Though Petty performed a quintet of songs from his recent Echo album, he wisely served up an invigorating career retrospective, a 23-song set...

Kicking off with "Jammin' Me," his smoldering collaboration with Bob Dylan, and the twangy-guitar driven "Runnin' Down A Dream," Petty moved easily between forceful roots rockers and emotionally scarred confessionals...

Campbell, Petty's longtime musical partner, got a pair of showcases ... "I Don't Wanna Fight" and "Penetration" ... but was really at his best providing supple, supportive fills, chiming power chords and sterling leads...

Campbell isn't the only first-rate musician in the Heartbreakers, of course, just the most visible one. Keyboardist Benmont Tench provided his usual tasteful colorations, while drummer Steve Ferrone and bassist Howie Epstein maintained a lean rhythmic momentum that never overwhelmed the music but pushed it forward and outward as needed.

For instance, on an introspective new song, "Room At The Top," what started as acoustic meditation gradually shifted into raucous emotional venting. Another new song, the Dylanesque "Swingin'," used an insistent sway to champion independent spirits resisting seemingly settled fates -- Petty updating his own "I Won't Back Down."

"I'm learning to fly/but I ain't got wings," Petty mused in his show closer, adding, "Comin' down is the hardest thing." That may have been a challenge for the fans as well, but it's one they seemed eager to address."

Richard Harrington, Washington Post, June 28, 1999

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June 26, 1999
Star Lake Amphitheatre - Burgettstown, Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)


"... last night at the Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheatre: "If you're just getting here, I'm Tom Petty. These are the Heartbreakers. We're gonna be your musical entertainment for the rest of the evening."

And just like that ... the stage was set for a one-band rock 'n' roll revival show that found America's favorite garage-rock band at the top of its crowd-pleasing game. The set was a loose, inspired blend of hits that put the classic in classic rock ("Don't Do Me Like That," "American Girl") and tunes from Petty's latest, Echo. It's one of the better albums of the year, so the new material had no trouble holding its own in the company of "Listen to Her Heart" or "You Got Lucky." ...

Mike Campbell, as expected, was nothing short of phenomenal on guitar -- his surf-rock medley, in particular. But Petty got his own licks in, stepping out for a straight-ahead Chuck Berry-style solo on "Jammin' Me" and trading off with Campbell at various points throughout the night. Although he introduced the mighty Benmont Tench as "probably the world's best rock 'n' roll piano player," the night belonged to the six-string heroics of Campbell and Petty...

... Petty proved as entertaining as ever ... He didn't need a show to sell the music, though. He's got his band. He's got his songs. And you couldn't have asked for a better garage-rock vocalist than Petty throwing attitude on "Free Girl Now," a new song and the best performance of the evening."

Ed Masley, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 24, 1999

"Backed by his longstanding mates, the Heartbreakers, the performance was a portrait of the artist from young man to superstar. And it's hard to imagine anyone who visits the site putting on a better show, this or any other year...

From the moment Petty and company launched into the first song, "Jammin' Me," he commanded the audience's attention. Not through force of pyrotechnics or stage props (although the Middle Eastern motif, replete with pillows, candelabra, incense-spewing lanterns and a suit of armor was charming).

No, Petty's magic potion was a set list of music, brilliant in its simplicity. Songs such as "Runnin' Down A Dream" and "Don't Come Around Here No More" are gems that resonated with the audience ... because they have no pretense, no illusions of being anything more than rock 'n' roll...

... It was Petty's songs from the 1990's that cut a deep, psychic swathe through the night. "Swingin'" ... from Echo is a nostalgic look at Petty's youth... The menacing message of folkish "Mary Jane" and even the extended, excessive coda of "It's Good To Be King" -- which featured guitarist Mike Campbell wailing away on a double-neck guitar -- these were special moments that transcended the genre.

Petty's band -- bassist Howie Epstein, keyboardist Benmont Tench and newcomers Steve Ferrone on drums and guitarist Scott Thurston -- provided the perfect accompaniment to a man who has travelled many roads over the years. With shows as magnificent as last evening's, we can only hope he will be around for another 25 years."

Rege Behe, Tribune-Review, June 26, 1999

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June 18, 1999
Pine Knob Music Theatre - Clarkston, Michigan (Detroit, Michigan)


"... For the Heartbreakers, it's less about flash than vibe, and the real magic Friday was found in the natural ensemble effort, shining on the crunch of opening tune "Jammin' Me," the friskiness of "You Don't Know How it Feels" and the stoned groove of "Mary Jane's Last Dance."

The Heartbreakers are five guys who could lock into a groove if you plopped each of them in a hotel room in five different cities. Put them on the same stage Friday, and you got tight, sizzling extended jams on rockers like "Don't Come Around Here No More" and "It's Good to Be King," two of the night's top renderings, with Petty and Campbell trading hot guitar licks as the band simmered underneath..."

Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press, June 19, 1999

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June 16, 1999
Gund Arena - Cleveland, Ohio


"Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, flexing their muscles after some four years off the road, worked an adoring audience at the Gund Arena with a repertoire old and new last night.

On the second date of a five-month tour, Petty and his startingly versatile, powerful band delved into tunes ancient, fresh (the magnigicent "Swingin'") and unexpected (a phenomenal, extended configuration of "It's Good To Be King")...

If the tunes were astonishing, so was the stage setting. Think of it as the Good Ship Petty, with Petty the paisley pirate captain of his motley, elegantly musical crew.

There was Campbell, double-necked guitar natural and gimmick-free on "King"; there was Tench, playing furious rockabilly flourishes on "Running Down the Dream" ["Runnin' Down A Dream"].

Above all, there was Petty, rock-star confident, working the crowd with postures and passion in tunes such as "Indiana Girl" ["Mary Jane's Last Dance"], a lovely, acoustic "I Won't Back Down," and a raging "Rhino Skin."

Petty ... and his band surfaced in 1976 ... More than two decades later, he is still infusing a genre with fresh life that has been all too flaccid lately. And he is backing his albums with strong performances. Last night's was no exception."

Carlo Wolff, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 17, 1999

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June 14, 1999
Opening Night Of Echo Tour
Van Andel Arena - Grand Rapids, Michigan


"That engaging Tom Petty smile.

The first one Monday night came during his first guitar solo, about midway through the first song of the first concert of his 1999 North American tour and his first-ever show in Grand Rapids...

By the time the long and memorable evening at Van Andel Arena ended, some 2 1/2 hours and two dozen songs later, Petty would flash that grin a lot -- a whole lot -- making it obvious that he's pretty darned happy to be back on the road after a four-year break.

So happy, in fact, that Petty and the Heartbreakers' performance of such classics as "Breakdown" and "American Girl" ... which they've played and played again for 23 years, sounded as fresh and passionate as ever, eliciting near-spontaneous karaoke participation from a convivial, sold-out crowd of about 11,600...

Ah, those Petty smiles...

There was the shy smile at the end of an unusual acoustic version of "I Won't Back Down," the man-ain't-we-jamming-now smiles on several songs; the theatrical, rock-star smirks on a thunderously cool rendition of "Don't Come Around Here No More," the satisfied smiles after "You Wreck Me," and the devilish ones during his midsong rap on a brilliant cover of "Gloria" during the encore...

It was all played out on a marvelously eye-catching and psychedelic stage replete with smoking Moroccan chandeliers, Persian rugs, old-style red theater curtains and dozens of candles and plush pillows.

The set, designed by longtime Petty lighting and set wizard Jim Lenahan, featured multicolored triangular canopies that constantly unfurled and changed color like giant computer-controlled chameleons...

It ... complemented that distinctive, Byrds-influenced Petty sound which band members [Mike] Campbell, bass player Howie Epstein, keyboard player Benmont Tench, drummer Steve Ferrone and guitarist Scott Thurston wear as comfortably as an old slipper...

"You've made our trip very memorable tonight," Petty said, as the standing-O cheers cascaded down onto the stage just before the encore began. "Wow. I wish we could stay all week."

Know what, Tom? So did all those smiling fans."

John Sinkevics, The Grand Rapids Press, June 15, 1999

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