TOM PETTY FACTS
Genre: Rock, Blues Rock
Hometown: Gainesville, Florida
Albums: Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers (1976), You're Gonna Get It! (1978), Damn the Torpedoes (1979), Hard Promises (1981), Southern Accents (1985), Into The Great Wide Open (1991), Echo (1999), The Last DJ (2002), Mojo (2010).
Awards: 3 Grammy Awards, 1 Billboard Music Award, 3 MTV Video Music Awards
Hits: "Running Down A Dream," "Free Fallin'," "Mary Jane's Last Dance," "Into The Great Wide Open," "Refugee," "Breakdown," "American Girl" and "Don't Come Around Here No More."
Other: In 2001, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.
One of rock and roll's most prominent frontmen, Tom Petty has made a name for himself with his bluesy brand of Southern rock, which has its own set of pop sensibilities. Petty got his start in Gainesville, Florida, as the lead singer of the band Mudcrutch, and while the band never achieved mainstream acclaim, it allowed Petty to team up with Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, who helped form the highly successful group, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
By the time the group released their self-titled debut album in 1976, it was clear that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' unique sound would be a major departure from the punk- and hard rock-dominated scene of the time. With soulful tracks like "Breakdown" and "American Girl," the album gradually gained steam in the U.S. and saw plenty of airplay. In 1978, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their first Top 40 record, You're Gonna Get It!, but it would be the band's third album, Damn The Torpedos, which was their first platinum record and was carried by strong singles like "Refugee" and "Don't Do Me Like That."
Over the course of the 1980s, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers enjoyed a string of major commercial successes, but when Petty decided to embark on a solo career in 1989, many fans believe this was when he did some of his best work. The album Full Moon Fever featured such favorites as "Free Fallin'" and "Running Down A Dream," which are still major staples at Tom Petty concerts years later.
During the 1990s and 2000s, Petty bounced back and forth between the Heartbreakers and a series of other solo projects, but now tours full-time with his band. As one of the most popular summer touring acts year after year, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers show no signs of slowing down and should be a force in American music for years to come.
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Loyal Tom Petty fan I went to 3 tom petty shows in my area: MSG in NY, PNC arts center in NJ and wells fargo center in Phila, PA. I have been a fan for over 30 years. They never ever disappoint...they play all the good songs (not like there is a bad one!) Tom's interaction with the audience tells you he is grateful that all these fans came out to see him.....I don't know what I would do without them. They can never retire!!!! They are the best of the best!!! September 17, 2014
Welcome to Idaho. Tom petty and the Heartbreakers played their hearts out at the" Taco Bell Arena"in Boise,Idaho and they super sized it! The Heartbreakers where fantastic and Toms voice has a sensitive, beautiful and melodic sound too it, that just gets better and better. Yet he can still put out the raspy " I Won't Back Down" and Refugee. I love his musical gift we all have that moment when one of his songs takes us back to a memory. As for the Heartbreakers I was truly heartbroken when the concert was over"! Thanks for recognizing Idaho as one of the 50 states! August 8, 2014
June 8, 2013 Show Tom Petty & Heartbreakers class show. So much talent on that stage.The music the songs words hard to discribe, you feel it in your heart, your soul. As you heard, the Fire Marshal shut the show down early stating it was over sold. Was disappointed the Venue and F.M. dumped situation on the band and instead of them handling the situation. They say that life is making memories. At 65, I can now say I saw Tom Petty performe live. What a treasure. June 10, 2013
Great Show everytime I have seen Tom Petty 4 or 5 times. Each time was a great time. I have never been disappointed by the amazing energy he brings on stage, and the guitar playing of Mike Campbell is always stellar. July 1, 2011