Sunday Morning Video: VH1 Does Tom Petty

I’m still mildly obsessed with Tom Petty. Here are two VH1 programs featuring TP.

3 thoughts on “Sunday Morning Video: VH1 Does Tom Petty

  1. jalmos says:

    I had the good fortune to meet Tom many years ago. I had a scheduled interview as a music journo, but our talk ended up going all the way until showtime (I still feel bad for the 5 other writers whose opportunity was lost that day).

    Remember thinking to myself afterwards: that might have been the most normal human I’ll ever meet in this business.

    He had issues, could be a bit of a dick sometimes, wasn’t just a bit particular about his work, and was someone easily called a music nerd. At the end of the day, he had a good heart and wanted to be a good person.

    Damned if that doesn’t describe a whole lot of people both I and everyone else knows. The one in question just happened to be in a band that sold a lot of records.

    More importantly, I got the impression he saw himself as no more than that, despite all those years in the spotlight.

    And this, I liked even more than his music.

    • Peter Adrastos Athas says:

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with TP. Confirms what I’ve heard from other people who met him.

  2. charlotteash says:

    I’m still obsessed, too. I’ve been listening to TP Radio on Sirius XM every night after I go to bed. (It’s always on in my car.) Last night was really good – dj’d by two guys you probably heard of (a Rolling Stone writer and some music producer) – a tribute on his BD. Call ins from fans & other musicians (Lucinda Williams had some good stories). They aired his speech from an award he received earlier this year from his peers. It’s was a wild and rambling thing, so great to hear. And, of course, the music. They played “Swingin'” from Jazz Fest this year, it’s become a big fave of mine since I heard it played shortly after his death. I’ve looked for it online but no go so I guess we can only hear it on XM. Anyway, I’m astounded at myself at taking his death so hard.

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