Besides functional gear, sensible footwear and a guaranteed ride to gigs, members of good backing bands must have the following qualities: Humility, talent and personality. The best backing bands, of course, have all these qualities — and lots of success. Some of them of have played on countless hits. Some have played a role in music history. Others just have so much talent that they automatically move to the next level.
“I hope he does this every year, like the Allmans” said one of the two fans rocking out in front of me toward the end of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ triumphant show Tuesday night at New York City’s Beacon Theater, referring to the Allman Bros. Band’s yearly residency there. Everyone within earshot nodded in agreement.
Paul McCartney, ZZ Top, Wilco, Gov't Mule, Baroness, Mumford & Sons and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are among the acts scheduled to appear at this year's Bonnaroo festival, which will take place June 13 to 16 in Manchester, Tennessee.
Just a week after teasing a performance from a new supergroup at the Sunset Film Festival premiere of his new Sound City documentary, Dave Grohl has revealed his bandmates for what promises to be a historic performance on Friday, January 18.
Today, November 29, is the 11th anniversary of George Harrison's death at age 58. It also happens to be the 10th anniversary of the Concert for George, an event that was co-organized by Harrison’s widow, Olivia, and his close friend Eric Clapton that took place at a packed London's Royal Albert Hall in London.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers reported yesterday that five vintage guitars belonging to the band were stolen from a sound stage in Culver City, California, where they've been rehearsing for an upcoming U.S. tour. Police in Culver City are investigating the burglary. Petty and the band are offering a $7,500 reward -- with no questions asked -- to anyone with information leading to the recovery of the guitars.