Tom Petty’s Heartbreaker Bandmates and Daughters Discuss Why He Embodied ‘The Best of Everything’

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Tom Petty’s song “The Best of Everything” sounds like it was meant to be the title track for something. Now, long, long after it was initially recorded and released in the 1980s, it finally is, providing an appropriate title for the first fully compreh…

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Tom Petty Manager Steps Into Consultant Role After 42 Years as Protege Launches New Firm (EXCLUSIVE)

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Tony Dimitriades, who managed Petty for 42 years until the rocker’s death October 2, 2017, and worked with Billy Idol for more than 30 years, tells Variety he is getting out of the “day-to-day business of managing artists.” The veteran manager has also…

In the Streaming Age, Does Music’s Q4 Matter Anymore?

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Tom Petty’s Bandmates Tell Stories Behind Lost Tracks at ‘American Treasure’ Preview Event

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Nearly a year on from his death, Tom Petty’s fans could use a heartwarmer. They’re getting one in the form of “An American Treasure,” a forthcoming 60-track boxed set of mostly previously unreleased studio and live material. A few dozen invited guests …

Pearl Jam pays tribute to Tom Petty and Chris Cornell during Seattle homecoming shows 

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As reported by Consequence Of Sound, Pearl Jam took a moment during its homecoming shows at Seattle’s Safeco Field to honor some loved ones and influential artists who have recently died. First was a cover of Chris Cornell’s “Missing,” a track from Cor…

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New Tom Petty Clip ‘Keep a Little Soul’ Features Vintage Footage, Silly High Jinks, Nipples (Video)

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Tom Petty may be dead, but he’s certainly not forgotten. And he’s not done bringing music to the masses.

Following news that a box set of Petty’s music will be released later this year, the official music video for “Keep a Little Soul,” from the upcoming selection, was released Wednesday.

The video is heavy on vintage footage chronicling the decades-long career of Petty and his band, the Heartbreakers. Along with home movies and clips from Petty and the Heartbreakers’ energetic performances throughout the years, there’s plenty of behind-the-scenes footage showcasing the group’s goofy sense of humor, including a clip of Petty, sporting an oh-so-’70s ‘stache, flashing the camera his nipples in full-on Boy Gone Wild fashion.

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Petty died in October 2017 at age 66 of an accidental overdose. According to the coroner, the “Don’t Do Me Like That” musician had a number of medications in his system, including Fentanyl, an opioid that was found to be responsible for the death of musician Prince in 2016 at age 57.

According to a statement issued by Petty’s family, the musician had suffered from a fractured hip but nonetheless decided to tour for 53 dates with the fracture.

“On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication,” the family added.

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The box set, “An American Treasure,” will be released September 28 on Reprise Records.

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Remembering Prince: 5 of Legendary Singer’s Most Memorable Performances (Videos)

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TheWrap Lands 14 Nominations for LA Press Club Journalism Awards

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How Tom Petty Became the Key to HBO’s Elvis Presley Documentary

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HBO’s two-part documentary “Elvis Presley: The Searcher” covers lots of ground and talks to lots of people who were close to Elvis. But according to director Thom Zimny and producer Jon Landau, a key to the film came from one of the last people they interviewed: Tom Petty, who sat down to talk about Elvis in March 2017, less than seven months before his unexpected death.

“What Tom did, perhaps more than anybody, was tell the story that we were trying to tell,” said Landau, the longtime manager of Bruce Springsteen, who is also interviewed in “The Searcher.” “Tom started talking about the later part of Elvis’ career, which is typically dealt with dismissively. He said, ‘Yeah, but when you put all the craziness aside, there is still this incredible singer, surrounded by this incredible band.’

“And he chose, as an example, this piece called ‘American Trilogy,’ a very corny but soulful and beautiful trilogy that Elvis used to do. Tom described exactly what it meant to have Elvis transcend the corniness to do something so stirring and so great. Thom [Zimny] and I had been planning to use ‘American Trilogy’ all along, but Tom spontaneously brought it into the discussion on its own.”

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Petty, added Zimny, was one of the final interviews that was done for “The Searcher.” “I’ve had no experience like that interview before,” said the director, whose other work includes editing a dozen episodes of “The Wire” and directing several documentaries about Springsteen.

“Tom seemed completely in sync with the film I was talking about for many years with Jon. The ‘American Trilogy’ sequence was an idea between Jon and I: How can we bring the interpretation of his later touring career to a different place? And Tom just went there.”

Petty is only one of many voices in “The Searcher,” a two-part, four-hour chronicle of Elvis’ life and career that premieres on HBO on Saturday. But one of his comments could serve as a mission statement for the film: “[Elvis] had no road map and he forged a path of what to do and what not to do. And we shouldn’t make the mistake of writing off a great artist because of all the clatter that came later. We should dwell in what he did that was so beautiful and everlasting, which was that great, great music.”

The film began when Priscilla Presley, Elvis’ ex-wife and a key figure in the Elvis estate, approached HBO with the idea of a new documentary using rare footage from the archives. HBO went to Landau, who in his younger days as a rock critic wrote one of the first serious appraisals of the ’70s Elvis as a musical and cultural force.

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“My idea was to tell the story from the beginning to the end, good times and bad times,” Landau said. “Elvis’ weaknesses, his bad decisions, the things he had no control over because of the Colonel [his manager, Colonel Tom Parker] — we have to cover all those things, but I don’t want the film to be about those things.

“I ultimately wanted this thing to be about this genius. Because I believe he was a genius from start to finish, even when he was recording the soundtrack to ‘Clambake.’”

Zimny said Landau was an important voice in the making of the film — but so was Priscilla, who provided the film’s title when she commented that Elvis spent his whole life as “a searcher.”

“It almost became a joke when we were in the editing room,” said Landau. “Anytime we got stumped, I would say, ‘Why don’t we add more Priscilla?’ Because everything she said was so empathetic and intelligent.”

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Like every other interview subject, though, Priscilla is never seen on camera talking about Elvis. All the interviews in “The Searcher” were audio-only, with none of the talking-head footage that is standard in documentaries like this. And while the four hours contain Elvis footage that we’ve seen before, the filmmakers made a conscious effort to find a new approach.

“The idea was not to repeat images of Elvis that we had seen 1000 times,” said Zimny. “And by not cutting to a talking head sitting in a chair, it gives you freedom. It’s daunting at first because you have Tom Petty or Bruce Springsteen or Robbie Robertson talking, and you have to come up with an image. But I loved the idea of finding outtakes or using Super 8 footage that doesn’t feel like it’s from a clip reel. We wanted to keep away from the VH1 language.

“I felt that we had to trust that the audience has an understanding of Elvis’ story, so let’s focus on the beats between the big moments. He wanted to do a gospel song on the Ed Sullivan show? Let’s concentrate on that, not on how he was shot from the waist up.”

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Fleetwood Mac to Tour With Neil Finn, Mike Campbell as Lindsey Buckingham’s Replacements (EXCLUSIVE)

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Shortly after Variety confirmed that Lindsey Buckingham had left the band, Fleetwood Mac announced plans to tour this Fall with two new members: Mike Campbell (pictured above, left), longtime lead guitarist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn (right) will be joining the Mac for their upcoming tour, with final […]

One of the greatest mysteries surrounding Prince has been solved

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When the public was informed of Prince’s untimely death, people immediately took to sharing videos of their favorite live performances to showcase what a singular talent the man was. One of the most shared videos was Prince’s 2004 appearance at the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall Of Fame, where he joined Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and…

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Oscars In Memoriam: Eddie Vedder Pays Tribute to Harry Dean Stanton, Roger Moore, Jerry Lewis

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The past year saw the death of many notable entertainment figures, particularly in the music business. For this year’s Oscars In Memoriam segment, Eddie Vedder sang Tom Petty’s “Room at the Top” by Tom Petty, who died in October. Jerry Lewis came last in the segment, traditionally the space where the biggest star is honored. […]

Pollstar Conference Draws Top Talent, Live Music Luminaries and a Little Controversy

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When the Oak View Group purchased concert industry trade Pollstar in July 2017, OVG co-founder Irving Azoff promised to bring the annual Pollstar Conference “into the 21st century.” The mega-manager meant business, as the 2018 edition proved. Held from Feb. 6 through 8 at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, the confab featured panels, […]

Stevie Nicks Pays Homage to Tom Petty at MusiCares: ‘I Know You’re Standing Next to Me’ (Watch)

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The Grammys charitable organization MusiCares honored Fleetwood Mac for its annual pre-Grammys fundraising concert, and as expected Stevie Nicks’ acceptance speech was one of the most entertaining moments of the evening. She talked warmly about her relationship with the group’s fans, getting older and more, but after speaking for several minutes, she paused poignantly, and […]