HBO’s two-part documentary “Elvis Presley: The Searcher” covers lots of ground and talks to lots of people who were close to Elvis. “What Tom did, perhaps more than anybody, was tell the story that we were trying to tell,” said Landau, the longtime manager of Bruce Springsteen, who is also interviewed in “The Searcher.” “Tom started talking about the later part of Elvis’ career, which is typically dealt with dismissively.
HBO’s “Elvis Presley: The Searcher” is all Elvis, all the time: constant footage of Presley, with experts such as Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen relegated to voice-over narration.
While some Petty fans may have wanted a more lavish production featuring the Heartbreakers, the two surviving Traveling Wilburys, Stevie Nicks, and other Petty peers, the stripped-down approach offered by Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris was actually fitting for the down-to-earth Petty, who surely would have appreciated this heartfelt tribute.
Petty probably would have appreciated a most unique tribute held on the eve of what would have been his 67th birthday, when more than 600 Goths convened on the San Fernando Valley’s Ventura Boulevard to reenact “Free Fallin’.”
Two of the greatest singer-songwriters to ever capture the hopeful, maverick spirit of Los Angeles are Beck and Tom Petty. So as Beck his first local show since Petty’s death, it was time for one L.A. legend to salute another.
It's Miley Cyrus week on "The Tonight Show," and on Thursday night's episode, she brought her father, Billy Ray, to perform a tribute to the late Tom Petty.
Tom Petty took a break four songs into his final concert, at the Hollywood Bowl, to give a shoutout to all his friends who had turned out for the show, but he singled out one man in particular: Jon Scott, a 72-year-old former record-promotion man.
When Sheryl Crow took to the stage at the espnW Women + Sports Summit, she managed to touch on both tragedies and uplift the audience at the same time following the emotional day. “We’ve all got heavy hearts tonight not just about Vegas but from losing someone close to us,” Crow said during her twilight performance at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, California. The Grammy winner went on to belt out her hit “If It Makes You Happy” as a tribute to the millions of people who the late singer made happy during his solo career and also with The Heartbreakers, and succeeded in getting the crowd — including ESPN talent and top executives — up and dancing.
I was almost 9 years old when MTV entered my house and my life. I loved the pretty boys of Duran Duran and flamboyance of Michael Jackson as much as anybody, but the inventive videos of Tom Petty truly captured me.
To his legions of fans around the world, Tom Petty was a rock legend, but to daughter, AnnaKim Violette, he was just Dad.
Tom Petty's Daughter AnnaKim Violette Remembers Her Favorite Moments with Her Father Before His Death
At a time when many of his classic-rock peers were pooh-poohing this new-fangled passing fad called "MTV," Petty embraced the music video medium, and in the process he became an unlikely MTV darling.
We take a look at the life and legacy of Mudcrutch, Heartbreakers, and Traveling Wilburys member Tom Petty, one of our great rock ’n’ roll treasures, who died on Oct. 2.
That day in 1999, Petty ambled into the room like a cowboy who just spent too much time on his horse. His hair wasn’t combed, his shirttail was untucked, and his jeans fit loosely. It was just the rumpled, everyday image you’d expect from one of rock’s most low-key but steady hitmakers. Yet, in both his tone and music, an intensity lurked below the surface.
Rock legend Tom Petty has passed away at age 66. But his words and lyrics, which have inspired millions, live on. Here, some of Petty's most notable musings.