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Petty Opens Up About Violent Dad

29th November 2009

TOM PETTY still has nightmares about his violent upbringing and thinks his father thought the rocker was gay.The Free Fallin' singer's dad could never understand his son's love of the arts - and dearly wanted...

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The Things They Say 14443

28th November 2009

"We did a show with Elvis Costello very early on. We still laugh about it when we get together. It was Elvis Costello & The Attractions, and us, in a 1,200-seat theatre for a buck...

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Harrison Dreamed Of Wilburys Ship Tour

28th November 2009

Late rocker GEORGE HARRISON once dreamed up a high seas adventure for supergroup the TRAVELING WILBURYS - but it was too much of a risk to get TOM PETTY, BOB DYLAN, ROY ORBISON and the...

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The Things They Say 14394

25th November 2009

"I always admired, and felt for, Mick Jagger. I've been to the Stones' rehearsals. You gotta run that band - and he does, maybe to a fault... I thought Jagger was a great band leader,...

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Harrison Too Humble To Front The Heartbreakers

25th November 2009

Late BEATLES star GEORGE HARRISON almost landed TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS as his backing band but was too reluctant to play the frontman for a world tour.After performing with Bob Dylan on the Temples...

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Petty's American Girl Tops Independence Day Anthem Poll

7th July 2009

TOM PETTY's AMERICAN GIRL has topped a new online poll of U.S. anthems.To celebrate Independence Day on Saturday (04Jul09), editors at Rolling Stone magazine invited readers to vote for their top patriotic songs - and...

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Ringo Starr Makes Up Fab Three

2nd June 2009

Ringo Starr is set to join Sir Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan to record new tracks over the summer. The ex-Beatles drummer - real name Richard Starkey - is keen to join his former Fab...

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Bob Dylan's Mccartney Summer Duet

26th May 2009

Bob Dylan and Sir Paul McCartney will work together this summer.The 'Blowin' in the Wind' singer recently said he would be "excited" to collaborate with the former Beatles star, and after Paul also indicated his...

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Thornton To Dj: 'Don't Call Me An Actor'

8th April 2009

Singer/actor BILLY BOB THORNTON left a U.S. radio host baffled on Wednesday morning (08Apr09) when he demanded the DJ treat him "like TOM PETTY" - and not refer to his Hollywood career. Angelina Jolie's ex-husband made...

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Pink Stuns Club Crowd With Tribute Show

19th November 2008

PINK stunned music fans at Los Angeles nightspot the Key Club on Monday night (17Nov08) when she took to the stage to belt out a cover of TOM PETTY's FREE FALLIN' with the house tribute...

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Memories Come Flooding Back For Petty

13th November 2008

TOM PETTY credits MUDCRUTCH bandmate TOM LEADON for helping him claw back lost memories from the 60s. The rocker had feared that age had robbed him of recollections from the beginning of his music career...

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The Things They Say 10173

10th November 2008

"That house I have on a lake plays a big role these days. I get some books, sit around and read for awhile, then maybe go out on my boat and try to catch a...

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Petty Champions Bogdanovich For Grammy Honour

10th November 2008

Rocker TOM PETTY is urging Grammy Award voters to consider PETER BOGDANOVICH's RUNNING DOWN A DREAM movie for a big prize next year (09) - because he feels the filmmaker did a great job of...

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Unlucky 13th And Out For King Of The Hill

3rd November 2008

The cartoon series which featured regulars like BRITTANY MURPHY, KATHY NAJIMY and TOM PETTY has been scrapped after 13 series. King of The Hill will end after the 13 episodes of the 13th series air...

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Petty Is Top Tour

22nd September 2008

Rising gas prices and recession fears in the U.S. didn't upset TOM PETTY + THE HEARTBREAKERS' tour - the veteran rockers beat THE POLICE and DAVE MATTHEWS BAND to top the touring charts in North...

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Glen Campbell 'Goes Rock'

31st July 2008

Glen Campbell has announced he is to release an album of cover versions, with some choices perhaps not readily associated with the country legend.Meet Glen Campbell is to hit stores in the US on August...

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The Things They Say 9005

28th July 2008

"I do like TOM PETTY an awful lot. I always say that he's my real father, but I'm joking in that imaginary orphan way." CHRISTINA RICCI thinks TOM PETTY would make a great dad....

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Petty Refuses To Pay $480 Vomit Bill

4th May 2008

TOM PETTY is always wary of returning to fabled Los Angeles venue the Troubadour because he still hasn't paid a $480 (GBP240) bill he owes bosses from the 1970's. Back at the intimate Santa Monica...

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Petty's Mudcrutch Hope To Rock On

11th April 2008

TOM PETTY's reunited first group MUDCRUTCH are determined to rock on if fans like what they hear. Petty formed the act in his native Florida with pals Tom Leadon and Randall Marsh before he made...

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Petty's Mudcrutch To Play Live

20th March 2008

TOM PETTY's original rock band, MUDCRUTCH, will mark its comeback with a series of California shows, ending with a four-night run at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. The Free Fallin' rocker formed the group in...

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Petty Hit Tops Drinking Songs Poll

18th March 2008

TOM PETTY's FREE FALLIN' has topped a new St. Patrick's Day (17Mar08) poll of top drinking songs. The track beat Guns N' Roses' Paradise City and Piano Man by Billy Joel in a readers...

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Thompson Recuperates From Car Accident With Petty

4th March 2008

LATEST: VAMPIRE WEEKEND drummer CHRIS THOMPSON is recovering from a head injury sustained after he was hit by a car with the help of veteran rocker TOM PETTY. The U.S. star was involved in a...

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Fascinating Fact 4848

18th February 2008

Rocker TOM PETTY's 1989 song FREE FALLIN' enjoyed a 305 per cent increase in download sales in the week following his half-time performance with THE HEARTBREAKERS at the Super Bowl earlier this month (Feb08).

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Super Bowl Nabs Giant Ratings -- But No Record

4th February 2008

The New York Giants' stunning upset defeat of the New England Patriots averaged a 46.4 rating and a 67 share in the Nielsen overnights between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Sunday. The Fox telecast recorded...

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Super Bowl Inspires Petty To Tour Again

24th January 2008

Legendary rockers TOM PETTY + THE HEARTBREAKERS are to follow up their Super Bowl appearance with a major summer (08) tour - 18 months after Petty hinted he'd never tour again. The American Girl stars,...

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Eagles Turned Down Super Bowl Offer

20th December 2007

TOM PETTY + THE HEARTBREAKERS were the second choice to perform at the Super Bowl next year (08) - the EAGLES were approached to play the half-time show and turned organisers down. According to music...

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Fascinating Fact 4529

18th December 2007

TOM PETTY + THE HEARTBREAKERS' Super Bowl half-time performance in February (08) will be seen by nearly one billion people in over 230 countries and territories worldwide.

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Petty Records New Album In Two Weeks

6th December 2007

Rocker TOM PETTY has recorded a new album with his first band MUDCRUTCH in just two weeks. The American Girl singer was encouraged to reform the group after reviewing his career for acclaimed new documentary...

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The Things They Say 6405

5th December 2007

"I'm trying to, right now, figure out how much material I can squeeze into that short space of time... I doubt we'd do a medley... It's not the kind of band that can remember a...

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The Things They Say 6393

5th December 2007

"I don't think anyone was too big on me making drug references... It was strongly hinted that playing YOU DON'T KNOW HOW IT FEELS probably wasn't the best thing. It's a family show." Rocker TOM...

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