Petty earns ASCAP honors
It's been 40 years since Tom Petty first picked up a pen and began crafting some of the hits for which he became so well known. Tunes like "American Girl," "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and "I Need to Know" are just a few of the songs that earned the rocker the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Founders Award on April 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
In collecting The Founders Award, Petty joined past recipients such as Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young and more. He also talked at length about the writing process that keeps him at the top of his game. He told the Associated Press that he simply sits and plays, recording pieces here and there. The next day, he listens to what he did and decides to either keep it or scrap it. The method all this time has been simple, yet effective.
Petty and his band just finished their latest album, "Hypnotic Eye," set for release sometime this summer. It is the first studio album from Petty since 2010's "Mojo," and been in the works for the better part of three years. According to an interview he did with Hitfix, in which he joked "the idea was to get an entire album of good songs…what a thing, you know," he revealed fans can expect at least 11 new tracks when the album finally bows.
Petty and the Heartbeakers will headline the Lockn' Music Festival, which runs from September 4th through the 7th. It's one of just two dates on his summer schedule, with the other coming August 9th at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco.
Petty still Free Fallin' onto a stage near you (Updated June 26, 2013)
It's the middle of June 2013 and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have just wrapped a series of 11 shows at the renowned Beacon Theater in New York and the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. Of course they've played their hits like "Free Fallin'" and "Don't Come Around Here No More." Right? Wrong. Instead, the group has been reinvigorated by building their shows around songs they've never released, let alone performed for a crowd. And at this stage of the game, the stuff they haven't done is what's putting them back in the headlines.
Of course you know Tom Petty, he of the late 70's punk/new wave movement, and whose music became synonymous with the word "hybrid. And The Heartbreakers fit the mold to back Petty's songwriting and rootsy sound, taking him straight into the era of the MTV videos and America's embrace of classic rock & roll that sustained his popularity into the '90s.
There are a lot of hits from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers you adore, but what about the ones you don't? These days, not much is said about the breakthrough release "Damn the Torpedoes," which spawned the Top Ten hit "Don't Do Me Like That" and the number 15 "Refugee." The follow-up album, "Hard Promises," sparked a dispute between Petty and then-label MCA, which wanted to release the project for $1 more than the number Petty had in mind. The list price came out with the lower sticker, and "Hard Promises" became a Top Ten hit, going platinum and producing the hit single "The Waiting."
We could go on about Petty's accomplishments, including that he spent time on tour with Bob Dylan and was a founding member of the 80s supergroup Traveling Wilburys (featuring Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbinson and Jeff Lynne). We could tell you how, when combined with his collaborators, he's sold some 60 million albums (including his latest, "Mojo," in 2010), and that he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and holds a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Petty's biggest accomplishment, though, is that his music still remains relevant today and that fans still pack venues around the world to see him. And that doesn't look like it's going to change any time soon.
About Tom Petty
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were formed in 1976 and have been one of America's most successful bands throughout the decades. The original members are Tom Petty, Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench who, through many line-up changes, have remained members of the band since its formation. They are best known for their hits "American Girl" and "Learning to Fly." For as long as they continue to tour, you will be able to find Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tickets here at SeatGeek.
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will hit the road for another world tour in 2012, with some US dates already announced in April and early May before they embark on a European tour in June that begins in Ireland. Jump to: Tom Petty Tour Dates 2012 Tom Petty Tickets 2012 Hitting the road like clockwork…Read more
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