Album review: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Pack Up the Plantation (1985)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 20, 1985 By Steve Newton One of my fondest concert memories dates back to 1978, when Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played the Commodore Ballroom. Petty had just released his second album, You're Gonna Get It, and was his band hot--I mean sizzlin'. I saw him again a year … Continue reading Album review: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Pack Up the Plantation (1985)

Album review: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Into the Great Wide Open (1991)

  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 8, 1991 By Steve Newton It’s awful hard for me to pick out the best tunes on the latest release by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, ’cause I pretty well love ’em all. A masterful pop craftsman who lives by the KISS credo (Keep It Simple, Stupid), … Continue reading Album review: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Into the Great Wide Open (1991)

Mike Campbell’s instro-rock medley steals the show from Tom Petty in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 9, 1999I’ve seen Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform in Vancouver four times now. The first time—one of the most memorable concert experiences of my life—was at the Commodore Ballroom in ’78, just after the release of the band’s sophomore album, You’re Gonna Get It. The second time … Continue reading Mike Campbell’s instro-rock medley steals the show from Tom Petty in Vancouver

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers bring Hypnotic Eye to Vancouver this summer

One of my all-time favourite rock bands, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, will play Vancouver this summer. Maybe they're one of your all-time faves too! I mean, who doesn't like "Refugee"? I think it's safe to say that if you don't like "Refugee" you're f***ed in the head! The show takes place August 14 at Rogers … Continue reading Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers bring Hypnotic Eye to Vancouver this summer

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers get the Classic Albums treatment on Blu-ray

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 10, 2010 By Steve Newton When Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played Vancouver in June they only played one song off their breakthrough Damn the Torpedoes album, which was quite a surprise (and disappointment). After viewing the new Eagle Vision Blu-ray, Classic Albums: Damn the Torpedoes, and hearing Petty and his cohorts enthusiastically analyze each … Continue reading Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers get the Classic Albums treatment on Blu-ray