Music & Entertainment news – Tuesday 10/3/17

Music & Entertainment news – Tuesday 10/3/17

Tom Petty died Monday night, Born Thomas Earl Petty in Gainesville, Florida on October 20th, 1950.

Tom Petty - Photo Credit: David Gabber / PR Photos

Tom Petty – Photo Credit: David Gabber / PR Photos

He led Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for 40 years and was also a member of The Traveling Wilburys.
Petty, who went into cardiac arrest at his Malibu, California home Sunday night, was 66. He leaves his second wife, Dana, and two daughters by his first wife Jane: Adria and AnnaKim Violette.

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Tony Dimitriades, the longtime manager of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, said, “On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”

Tom Petty - Photo Credit: Tom Walck / Photorazzi

Tom Petty – Photo Credit: Tom Walck / Photorazzi

The Los Angeles Times quoted fellow Wilbury Bob Dylan as saying, “It’s shocking, crushing news. I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”

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Born Thomas Earl Petty in Gainesville, Florida on October 20th, 1950.
Developed his interest in rock and roll at age 10 after meeting Elvis Presley through his uncle, who was working on the set of the movie Follow That Dream, which was shooting in nearby Ocala, Florida.
Knew he wanted to be in a band the moment he saw The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show and became a singer and mostly rhythm guitarist.
His first band was called The Epics. It evolved into Mudcrutch, which evolved into Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, who released their self-titled debut album in 1976.
Petty and the Heartbreakers released 13 studio albums. Petty released three solo albums. plus two with The Traveling Wilburys and two with Mudcrutch, which re-formed in 2007.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in Concert at the United Center in Chicago - Photo Credit: Evan J. Thomas / PR Photos

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in Concert at the United Center in Chicago – Photo Credit: Evan J. Thomas / PR Photos

Solo and with the Heartbreakers, Petty had 10 Top 20 singles (and 16 Top 40) on the Billboard Hot 100, and 34 on Billboard’s rock charts. Among the best known are “The Waiting,” “You Got Lucky,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” “Learning to Fly” and “Free Fallin’,” which was his highest-charting hit, peaking at number-seven.
He also had two Top 20 duets with Stevie Nicks, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” and “Needles and Pins”
He won three Grammy Awards — two with the Heartbreakers and one with the Wilburys — and three MTV Video Music Awards.
As the founder, leader, lead singer, guitarist and main songwriter of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Petty had a profound impact on rock and roll from the last half of the 1970s through to the present. The band’s self-titled 1976 debut album provided the template for what was to come in the following 40 years, combining influences from major forces such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds and Bob Dylan with those of some of the original pioneers of 1950s and early ’60s rock. As Petty sang on that first album, “Anything that’s rock ‘n’ roll’s fine.”
Petty and the band became champions of artists’ rights when their third album, Damn the Torpedos, and fourth album, Hard Promises, both were the subjects of legal battles with their record label, the first when his contract was sold from one label to another, the second over an attempt by his label to raise the list price on so-called “superstar” releases. In the late ’80s, he prevailed in another legal battle over a sound-alike song to his “Mary’s New Car” being used in a car ad.
In 1988, Petty teamed with fellow rock legends Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne of ELO and Roy Orbison in The Traveling Wilburys. Each member took on pseudonym for the faux “brother” group. Petty’s was Charlie T. Junior. They recorded two albums before Orbison’s death spelled the end of the partnership.
In 1989, Petty became a solo artist as well as a bandleader, recording the first of his three solo albums, Full Moon Fever. Even on his own, he never strayed too far from the Heartbreakers, as their guitarist Mike Campbell was a major player on all three, and the Heartbreakers contributed to two of them, particularly the second, Wildflowers.
In 2002, Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Bob Dylan’s son, Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers, giving their induction speech.
In 2007, Petty and the Heartbreakers’ career was the subject of a four-hour documentary film, Runnin’ Down a Dream, which was directed by Peter Bogdanovich.
Earlier this year, Petty was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. Also, this year, he and the Heartbreakers embarked on a 40th Anniversary Tour. It ended just last week with three shows at the Hollywood Bowl.

His last performance was on September 28th.
IN OTHER NEWS….
The Beach Boys continue to spread the spirit of Endless Summer. Mike Love and his bandmates have 18 shows on tap during October, including the Majestic Theater in Dallas on October 10th and Cincinnati’s Aronoff Theater on the 28th. They’ll also headline the Malt Shop Memories Cruise that departs Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 7th.

Beach Boys - Photo Credit: Photorazzi

Beach Boys – Photo Credit: Photorazzi

The documentary Michael Jackson: Video Killed the Radio Star is new this month on Netflix. So is the 2008 production Living With Boy George.

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Did you know: Johnny Mathis has had three of his songs inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame (“Chances Are,” “It’s Not for Me to Say” and “Misty”), yet has never received a competitive Grammy. (He did receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.) Mathis covers Adele’s “Hello” and R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” on his just-released CD, The Great New American Songbook.

 Johnny Mathis - Photo Credit: Billy Bennight / PR Photos

Johnny Mathis – Photo Credit: Billy Bennight / PR Photos

Stella McCartney’s clothing line is thriving. According to Britain’s Guardian, sales by Paul’s daughter rose 31 percent in the last year, and her profits are up 42 percent.

Stella McCartney - Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Stella McCartney – Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Roger Waters will headline next summer’s British Summer Time Festival in London’s Hyde Park. The July 2018 show will be the first time he brings his Us + Them tour to the U.K.

Roger Waters - Photo Credit: Landmark / Photorazzi

Roger Waters – Photo Credit: Landmark / Photorazzi

Michael Nesmith will appear at the Chiller Theater Expo, the massive New Jersey fan fest set for the final weekend of October. Another highlight is a reunion of Leave It to Beaver stars Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow. The guest list also includes Melissa Manchester, Danny Bonaduce and La Bamba star Lou Diamond Phillips.

REO Speedwagon were a man short Friday night in Cabazon, California when guitarist Dave Amato was under the weather and unable to perform. Singer Kevin Cronin says, “We made it through our show as a four piece, with no lead guitar. As I told the audience when we took the stage, ‘You all are about to witness the weirdest REO Speedwagon show, EVER!’ They were with us all the way, and not one person left the theater early. We are humbled and appreciative of the love you all showed us. Your energy was our fuel last night.”

REO Speedwagon  - Photo Credit: Photorazzi

REO Speedwagon – Photo Credit: Photorazzi

The Who wrapped up their 2017 tour Sunday night in Buenos Aires, Brazil — their first-ever show there.

The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF has donated $100,000 to support the Rohingya refugees arriving in Bangladesh.

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