Tom Petty’s Family Calls Out Trump For Unauthorized Use Of “I Won’t Back Down” At Tulsa Rally

The family of the late Tom Petty have blasted Donald Trump for using “I Won’t Back Down” during his rally in Tulsa, OK yesterday (June 20). They said “Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind.”

The following statement was issued:

“Tom Petty’s song “I Won’t Back Down” was used today at Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, OK.

Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind.

Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together.

Tom wrote this song for the underdog, for the common man and for EVERYONE. We want to make it clear that we believe everyone is free to vote as they like, think as they like, but the Petty family doesn’t stand for this. We believe in America and we believe in democracy. But Donald Trump is not representing the noble ideals of either. We would hate for fans that are marginalized by this administration to think we were complicit in this usage.

Adria, Annakim, Dana and Jane Petty”

Tom Petty Posthumous Box Set “An American Treasure” To Be Released In September

A new Tom Petty box set called “An American Treasure” is set to be released on September 28 via Reprise Records. The career-spanning set will come with 60 tracks including previously unreleased recordings, alternate versions of classics, rarities, live performances, and deep tracks. A video for the first single, “Keep A Little Soul,” can be found below. That song was recorded during the 1982 sessions for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ “Long After Dark.”

Petty’s widow Dana Petty and his daughter Adria Petty helped put together the release and serve as it’s executive producers. Petty’s bandmates Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, and his studio collaborator Ryan Ulyate also served as producers and were involved in curating the track listing as well.

Dana Petty commented:

“Everyone involved in this project chose each track with tremendous care and deep respect for the body of work Tom Petty created over the course of 40 years. He also accumulated a wealth of unreleased music in his vaults, and we have collectively uncovered one gem after another that will keep us all listening and discovering new facets of Tom’s talent for many years to come. We can’t wait to share with Tom’s fans this musical portrait of an artist who deeply affected our culture and indelibly touched the lives of fans the world over.”

Blabbermouth shared a list of the available formats:

* “An American Treasure: Deluxe Edition” — A 4-CD set that features all 60 tracks, plus a 52-page booklet with rare and previously unseen photographs of Tom, his bandmates, family and friends. The booklet also features detailed track-by-track liner notes by noted journalist and Tom Petty aficionado Bud Scoppa, who drew upon his previous interviews with Tom and new conversations with Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench and Ryan Ulyate, as well as Adria and Dana Petty.

* “An American Treasure: Super Deluxe Limited Edition” — A 4-CD set that features all 60 tracks and an 84-page hardbound book expanded from the Deluxe Edition to include many additional photographs and an essay by renowned author Nicholas Dawidoff — written especially for “An American Treasure” — that speaks to Tom Petty’s presence in our lives and influence on our culture for more than 40 years. This special package also includes a newly-created lithograph of Shepard Fairey’s cover artwork, as well as custom reproductions of Tom Petty’s handwritten lyrics to four songs featured in this collection and a numbered certificate of authenticity.

* “An American Treasure: Vinyl Edition” — A 6-LP set that features all 60 tracks and a 48-page booklet containing all of the photographic and editorial elements found in the CD Deluxe Edition. This set also includes the Nicholas Dawidoff essay. This special vinyl edition will be released on Friday, November 23, but is available for pre-order now.

* “An American Treasure: Standard Edition” — A 2-CD set that features 26 career spanning tracks chosen from the Deluxe editions, as well as Bud Scoppa’s detailed track-by-track.

The newly released recordings were mixed by Ryan Ulyate and all 60 tracks have been remastered by Chris Bellman.

Shepard Fairey created the cover art, which is based on an image from photographer Mark Seliger.

Tom Petty’s Cause Of Death Revealed To Be Accidental Overdose On Pain Medication

It has officially been confirmed that Tom Petty’s death was a result of accidental overdose on pain medication. A statement from the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner said Petty was taking various medications including Fentanyl, oxycodone, Xanax, Restoril, and Celexa. The drugs were prescribed for emphysema, knee problems, and a fractured hip, which eventually turned into a full on break with unbearable pain. Petty was found unconscious, unable to breath, and in full cardiac arrest at his Mailbu, CA home on October 1, 2017. EMTs rushed him to the hospital, but he was taken off life support after no brain activity was detected. He died on October 2, 2017. R.I.P.

Petty’s family issued the following statement:

Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner – Coroner’s office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications.

Unfortunately Tom’s body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip.

Despite this painful injury he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a more serious injury.

On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication.

We knew before the report was shared with us that he was prescribed various pain medications for a multitude of issues including Fentanyl patches and we feel confident that this was, as the coroner found, an unfortunate accident.

As a family we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives. Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications.

On a positive note we now know for certain he went painlessly and beautifully exhausted after doing what he loved the most, for one last time, performing live with his unmatchable rock band for his loyal fans on the biggest tour of his 40 plus year career. He was extremely proud of that achievement in the days before he passed.

We continue to mourn with you and marvel at Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ incredible positive impact on music and the world. And we thank you all for your love and support over the last months.

Thank you also for respecting the memory of a man who was truly great during his time on this planet both publicly and privately.

We would be grateful if you could respect the privacy of the entire Heartbreaker family during this difficult time.

Dana Petty and Adria Petty

[via Blabbermouth]

Tom Petty Dead At 66

Tom Petty has sadly passed away at the age of 66. The rock legend was found unconscious, unable to breath, and in full cardiac arrest at his Mailbu, CA home last night (October 1). EMTs rushed him to the hospital, but he was taken off life support after no brain activity was detected. Petty died today at 8:40 p.m. PT. R.I.P.

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers manager Tony Dimitriades commented:

“On behalf of the Tom Petty family. We are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”


Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Announce 40th Anniversary Tour With Joe Walsh

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers have announced their 40th anniversary tour. Joe Walsh (Eagles) will serve as support on most dates.


Tour Dates:

4/20 Oklahoma City, Okla. – Chesapeake Energy Center*
4/22 Dallas, Texas – American Airlines Arena*
4/23 Little Rock, Ark. – Verizon Wireless Arena*
4/25 Nashville, Tenn. – Bridgestone Arena*
4/27 Atlanta, Ga. – Philips Arena*
4/29 Houston – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
5/02 Austin, Texas – Frank Erwin Center
5/05 West Palm Beach, Fla. – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre*
5/06 Tampa, Fla. – Amalie Arena*
5/08 Memphis, Tenn. – Fedex Forum*
5/12 St. Louis – Scottrade Center*
5/13 Indianapolis, Ind. – Klipsch Music Center*
5/29-30 Morrison, Colo. – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
6/02 Kansas City, Mo. – Sprint Center*
6/03 St. Paul, Minn. – Xcel Energy Center*
6/05 Des Moines, Iowa – Wells Fargo Arena*
6/07 Columbus, Ohio – Schottenstein Center*
6/09 Pittsburgh – PPG Paints Arena*
6/10 Cleveland – Quicken Loans Arena*
6/12 Cincinnati – US Bank Arena*
6/14 Hartford, Conn. – Xfinity Theatre*
6/16 Newark, N.J. – Prudential Center*
6/17 Hunter Mountain, N.Y. – Mountain Jam Festival
6/29 Chicago – Wrigley Field
7/01 Philadelphia – Wells Fargo Arena
7/02 Canandaigua, N.Y. – CMAC Performing Arts Center
7/05-06: Milwaukee, Wis. – Summerfest
7/18 Clarkston, Mich. – DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/20 Boston – TD Garden
7/23 Baltimore – Royal Farms Arena
7/26-27 Queens, N.Y. – Forest Hills Stadium

* with Joe Walsh