In case you haven’t heard, we’re kickin’ it with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tomorrow! For Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and fans alike, Live from Gatorville is an emotional and electrifying event. The band performs songs from their three-decade career, including rarely played gems, and influential covers. Highlights from this concert include “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” “Running Down a Dream,” “You Wreck Me,” plus many more! Join us starting at 11:45a/10:45c.
Did you know these fun facts about Tom Petty and his band?
At just 17, Tom Petty decided to put his education on the back burner as he joined his first band, a southern rock group called “Mudcrutch.” Although the band broke up in the early 1970s, Mudcrutch reunited for a new album and tour in 2008!
This classic album includes jams like “Free Fallin’,” “I Won’t Back Down” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” but for some reason, Petty’s record company, MCA, thought it would flop. Although this record is credited as one of Tom Petty’s solo albums, most of The Heartbreakers were in the mix.
In the 2002 episode “How I Spent My Strummer Vacation”, Petty shows off his songwriting skills to Homer. They wrote a song together that talked about a sexy girl walking down the street who is weirdly concerned with budget problems in public schools.
Producer Rick Rubin suggested that the band back Johnny Cash on his 1996 album, Unchained. Surprisingly, Petty believed that their work on the record was some of their best!
On top of his successful music career, Petty also dabbled in the acting realm. He appeared in the 1978 movie FM, as well as Made In Heaven, and The Postman.
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