Tom Petty Biography
Combining classic heartland rock with British invasion pop, new wave and bar band rock & roll, Tom Petty is widely regarded as one the greatest American singer-songwriters of his generation. Born in Gainesville, Florida in 1950, he became hooked on music after being introduced to Elvis on the set of Follow That Dream as a 10-year-old and later whilst watching The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. After being taught how to play guitar by The Eagles’ Don Felder, he appeared with pianist Benmont Tench and guitarist Mike Campbell in short-lived outfit Mudcrutch before the trio joined bassist Ron Blair and drummer Stan Lynch to form Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Following their 1976 self-titled debut and 1978 sophomore You’re Gonna Get It, they achieved their breakthrough with 1979’s Damn The Torpedoes, which spawned their first US Top 10 hit, “Don’t Do Me Like That,” increasing the demand for Tom Petty tickets. Shortly after 1981’s Hard Promises, Lynch left to be replaced by Howie Epstein and following 1982’s Long After Dark, Petty scored his highest-charting single with Stevie Nicks collaboration, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” In 1985, he released Southern Accents and performed at the Philadelphia leg of Live Aid before supporting Bob Dylan on his True Confessions tour. Dylan then returned the favour by co-writing a track on 1987’s Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) before the pair teamed up with Jeff Lynne, George Harrison and Roy Orbison to form super-group The Traveling Wilburys. 1989’s first official solo LP, Full Moon Fever, produced arguably his most famous track, “Free Falling,” and was followed by the release of 1991’s Into The Great Wide Open, Tom Petty tickets for an extensive world tour, a best-selling Greatest Hits and 1994’s Wildflowers. After helming the soundtrack for Cameron Diaz rom-com She’s The One, he recorded 1999’s Echo, performed at both the America: A Tribute To Heroes benefit concert and the tribute to his former bandmate, Concert For George, and delivered a scathing attack on the music industry with 2002’s The Last DJ, the same year he was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. In 2006, Tom Petty tickets went on sale for a star-studded tour featuring guests Pearl Jam and The Black Crowes, whilst after reforming Mudcrutch, he headlined the 2008 Super Bowl half-time spectacle and returned to the studio for 2010’s Mojo.
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