Sam Smith on Tom Petty Settlement: 'Complete Coincidence'

January 26, 2015

Over the weekend, The Sun reported that Sam Smith had quietly and amicably settled a copyright dispute with Tom Petty over the likeness between Smith's three-time Grammy-nominated "Stay With Me" and Petty's Full Moon Fever hit "I Won't...



Flashback: Tom Petty Revisits 'Southern Accents' in 2006

December 2, 2014

Near the end of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 2006 tour they booked a gig in their hometown of Gainesville, Florida, to celebrate their 30th anniversary and to give director Peter Bogdanovich some new footage for his documentary Runnin' Down a Dream. As...


Tom Petty Scores First Number One Album in 38-Year Career

August 6, 2014

Music-business quiz time! Album sales are down _____ percent. Track sales are down _____ percent. If you answered the same depressing numbers (15 and 13, respectively) that have been true pretty much all year, well done — you've been reading way...


Springsteen, Vedder Con Artist Sentenced to Four Years

July 28, 2014

Portland alt-country musician Kasey Anderson has been sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding over 30 investors out of $586,000 by vowing to hold a concert and release a compilation album benefitting the West Memphis Three (who were infamously...


Tom Petty Hides New Song 'Forgotten Man' on His Website

July 18, 2014

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have been sharing songs from their upcoming record, Hypnotic Eye, in small bursts, but it would take a particularly curious Petty fan to discover the rocker "Forgotten Man" on the group's website. The band has created a...


Kip Moore's Campfire Playlist

July 9, 2014

Brooklyn, Michigan is the spot for three days of country music and camping, as the Faster Horses Festival gallops to town July 18-20. This year's lineup is seemingly plucked straight from the CMA Awards red carpet, as it includes huge stars such as Kip...


Hear Tom Petty's Blistering New Songs

June 10, 2014

After the Rolling Stone premiere of "American Dream Plan B," Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have shared two more tracks off their upcoming, more rock-focused, album Hypnotic Eye. "U Get Me High," is a mid-tempo declaration of affection...


Eric Clapton Honors JJ Cale With New Tribute LP

April 30, 2014

JJ Cale is one of rock's unsung heroes, and Eric Clapton wants to change that with a new Cale tribute album called The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale, out July 29th on Clapton's Bushbranch Records/Surfdog Records. The LP, credited to "Eric...


Tom Petty, Kanye West to Headline Outside Lands

April 8, 2014

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers will be the first artist to headline Outside Lands twice when the festival returns to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco this summer. The festival, taking place August 8th - 10th, also boasts headlining performances from...


Neil Young Launches PonoMusic Kickstarter

March 11, 2014

Neil Young launched a Kickstarter campaign Tuesday to raise funds for his new digital music service and player Pono, bringing in Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, David Crosby, James Taylor, Tom Petty, Sting and a slew of other musical icons to provide...


Flashback: Tom Petty's Last Dance With Drummer Stan Lynch

August 12, 2014

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had been off the road for nearly a year when the 1994 Bridge School Benefit came around. Petty spent the downtime recording his solo album Wildflowers with producer Rick Rubin and every member of the Heartbreakers...

Album Review

Hypnotic Eye

July 29, 2014

When Tom Petty emerged in the mid-Seventies, he was the perfect down-to-earth rock star for the times: a hungry Southern boy playing tight rock & roll in mellow Southern California, kicking against the era’s soft-bellied complacency with...


Eric Clapton Taps John Mayer, Mark Knopfler for JJ Cale Covers

July 22, 2014

UPDATE: iTunes is now streaming Clapton's album on First Play.  Eric Clapton is at the helm of two new collaborative tracks from The Breeze, his upcoming tribute to the late blues legend, JJ Cale, "Train to Nowhere" and "Don't Wait," both...


Tom Petty: Rolling Stones Were 'My Punk Music'

July 17, 2014

Tom Petty called the Rolling Stones "my punk music" during an interview with CBC, crediting the British rockers with convincing him — and thousands of other aspiring American musicians at the time — that they could make rock and roll music....


Fricke's Picks Radio: New Tom Petty and More

June 16, 2014

On the day I talked to ex-MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer about his new album, the instrumental progressive-jazz experience, Lexington, he also attended a memorial service for his collaborator on the record, trumpeter Dr. Charles Moore, who died on May 31st....


Tom Petty Offers Album With Tickets for Upcoming Tour

May 20, 2014

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will release their first album in four years, Hypnotic Eye, on July 29th and launch a North American tour just a few days after, on August 3rd. But Petty has tied the album closer to the tour than most artists do; every...


Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Fallon Pair Up

April 10, 2014

The past is present this week on The Tonight Show where Jimmy Fallon is getting in on this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrations, welcoming a handful of inductees and other special musical guests to the show. Nirvana's Krist...


Inside Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Raucous New LP

April 2, 2014

"Do you know any other band that can do that?" Tom Petty asks, grinning, over a fast, taut crossfire of guitars, blues harp and ivory-lightning piano. "I don't," he answers himself proudly. See our readers' picks for the 10 best Tom Petty songs Petty...



Song Premiere: Benmont Tench Steps Out on 'Blonde Girl, Blue Dress'

December 16, 2013

Best known as a founding member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, a keyboardist for their pre-Heartbreakers band Mudcrutch and a veteran session player who's performed on the records of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Elvis Costello,...


Axl Rose and Tom Petty Duet

December 12, 2013

The 1989 MTV Video Music Awards were full of surprises. Neil Young's "This Note's For You" won Video of the Year over Madonna's "Like a Prayer" and Elvis Costello's "Veronica" won Best Male Video over Bobby Brown's "Every Little Step" and Steve Winwood...