He’s been one of rock’s premier sidemen for nearly 40 years. Now Benmont Tench, the keyboardist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, is stepping into the spotlight with his debut single, and he's brought along some old friends.
The details are still being sorted out, but lax security appears to have been the culprit at Saturday night's (June 8) prematurely ended Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers show, which found the Los Angeles fire marshal forced to pull the plug with 45 minutes to go in the band's set list.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell admitted to Rolling Stone that he'd forgotten about some of the songs suggested for the group's current tour. Instead of just hauling out the usual hits, Petty and the Heartbreakers are digging deep into their 35-year-old catalog to fill out the set lists. And some of the cuts are so obscure, the guy who co-wrote some of them and played recorded of them can't even remember them.
Tom Petty, John Fogerty and Jackson Browne joined Randy Newman onstage last night at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The four veteran rockers, who all live in Los Angeles, opened the show at the city's Nokia Theater with a version of Newman's 1983 song 'I Love L.A.'
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have just announced the dates for their 2013 summer tour, and now Petty is discussing some of the group's plans for both those live performances and an upcoming album they plan to release later this year.
Following up on a handful of recently announced appearances at both major festivals and intimate venues, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have now confirmed that they will embark on a summer tour of North America in 2013. The dates are listed below.
Howie Epstein (center, in the white shirt) could do it all -- until his addictions prevented him from doing anything. The former Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers bassist died of drug-related complications on February 23, 2003 at the age of 47.
While Tom Petty's official 2013 touring calendar is still empty, it's been confirmed he'll headline the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Ala. this spring. The full lineup for the festival was announced this week, with Kings of Leon named as a second headliner for the three-day festival.
You know what they're not going to need backstage at Bonnaroo next year? Shaving cream, because the heavily-bearded Tom Petty (and the Heartbreakers) and ZZ Top are among the acts reportedly set to headline the annual musical festival this coming June.
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