Howie Epstein (center, in the white shirt) could do it all -- until his addictions prevented him from doing anything. The former Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers bassist died of drug-related complications on February 23, 2003 at the age of 47.
While Tom Petty's official 2013 touring calendar is still empty, it's been confirmed he'll headline the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Ala. this spring. The full lineup for the festival was announced this week, with Kings of Leon named as a second headliner for the three-day festival.
You know what they're not going to need backstage at Bonnaroo next year? Shaving cream, because the heavily-bearded Tom Petty (and the Heartbreakers) and ZZ Top are among the acts reportedly set to headline the annual musical festival this coming June.
Tom Petty and Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder have been following each other around Europe, so they decided to team up on Sunday night in Amsterdam. After headlining separate sets at the isle of Wight Festival, the pair ended up on the same stage and sang two Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers hits together.
There’s nothing better at a concert than hearing the lead singer say something like, “We’d like to bring out a special guest to help us out tonight.” You can feel the excitement in the venue as the crowd tries to figure out who will appear from the wings, knowing that you’re getting something special and unique.
Finally, some good news in the world of classic rock. Five guitars belonging to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were recovered Tuesday (April 17). The instruments had been reported missing since Friday, when they were taken from the Culver City, Calif. soundstage where the band was rehearsing for its upcoming tour, which begins Wednesday night in Broomfield, Colo.
Petty and the band are planning to release a live vinyl LP to mark the occasion, offering fans a chance to hear new versions of classic tracks, cuts from ‘Mojo,’ and a concert performance of the rare B-side ‘Sweet William.’
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