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October 16, 1992: Eric Clapton Turns a Bob Dylan Tune Into a Blues Guitar Tour de Force

Twenty-five years ago today (October 16, 1992), a truly ridiculous amount of talent packed into New York City's Madison Square Garden to honor Bob Dylan's then-30-year-old recording career.The concert, which was called the 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration, featured top talent of the day (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, John Cougar Mellencamp, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready),... …

Watch "Free Fallin'" and "American Girl" from Tom Petty's Final Performance

Last winter, after watching the excellent 2007 documentary Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream on Netflix, I decided it was finally time to see Tom Petty in concert; somehow, I'd managed to stupidly "avoid it" for decades.So, as soon has the band's 2017 tour dates were announced, I "obtained" tickets to their July 1 show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. It was billed... …

Tom Petty's "American Girl": How to Play the High-Flying Outro Guitar Riffs

"American Girl," the second single off Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 1977 self-titled debut album, has pretty much got it all. There's its urgent Bo Diddley beat, its undeniably catchy melody, its New Wave punch, a tasty hook or two—even a bizarre "American" tie-in (It was recorded July 4, 1976, which is some wild, wacky stuff).Best of all, it sports lots and lots and lots of guitar,... …

Tom Petty: 10 of His Best Under-the-Radar Songs

Tom Petty's death is a shocking reminder that people and things that we consider "constants" can disappear in an instant—and there's nothing we can do about it.Petty has been a part of our lives since the late Seventies, just like Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Carter and Burton snowboards. His music has filled our personal soundtracks through the highs and lows—and it magically never seemed old,... …

Guitarists Mourn Tom Petty

It's hard to find an artist who was more universally admired than Tom Petty.Though some may have sold more records than him, or won more Grammys perhaps, his pitch-perfect songwriting, tireless work ethic and fearlessness in standing up to the music industry on behalf of both listeners and artists made him a uniquely beloved figure.His death on Monday night at the age of 66—after suffering... …

“Free Fallin’”: Tom Petty Wrote His Biggest Hit to Make Jeff Lynne Laugh

Tom Petty’s 1989 hit “Free Fallin’” is a simple enough song. It contains just a handful of guitar chords that any beginner could easily handle.As easy tunes go, it’s good for a laugh. And as it turns out, that’s exactly what Petty had in mind when he wrote it. He says he began writing the song spontaneously during sessions for his debut solo album, Full Moon Fever, as a way to make producer... …

Tom Petty Dead at 66

Tom Petty has died at the age of 66 after being found in full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home Sunday night. The singer was rushed to UCLA Medical Center, but could not be revived.His death was confirmed—after hours of conflicting reports regarding his passing—by Tony Dimitriades, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' longtime manager."He died peacefully at 8:40pm PT surrounded by family, his... …

Former Byrd Chris Hillman Is Flying High Again on 'Bidin' My Time'

When Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were working their way up the food chain in the late Seventies, astute listeners couldn’t help but notice that certain songs, including “American Girl” and “Listen to Her Heart,” sounded a bit like high-energy homages to the Byrds.Sure enough, Petty & Co. were infusing the earlier band’s “jangly” electric folk-rock sound with a hefty dose of New Wave... …

The Top 30 12-String Guitar Songs of All Time

When considering the choices for this list, we realized it wasn't as easy a task as we initially thought.What makes for a great 12-string guitar song as opposed to a great song that just happens to have a 12-string guitar somewhere on it? Let's face it, if Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" had a ukulele on it, it would immediately be in the running for Greatest Ukulele Song of All Time.That... …

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