Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. He previously led the band Mudcrutch, and was also a member of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.
Petty recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist. In his career, he sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Petty died at the age of 66, of an accidental overuse of prescription drugs, one week after the completion of the Heartbreakers’ 40th anniversary tour. (by wikipedia)
In 1978 Petty and the Heartbreakers were riding a huge wave of success brought on by their first two albums and were about to blow up the next year after the release of Damn The Torpedos. The band celebrated the end of 1978 and the beginning of 1979 with a three-show New Year’s run that culminated on the 31st at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, CA. Just one day earlier the Heartbreakers were the second-to-last band to headline the famous Winterland in San Francisco before the Grateful Dead closed out the historic venue on New Year’s Eve.
Petty’s performance in Santa Monica, which is real close to the group’s adopted hometown of Los Angeles, was stuffed with the best songs off the Heartbreakers’ first two albums and provides an incredible snapshot of just where the group was at that moment in time.
The show was filmed for a television broadcast, which never happened, and an hour’s worth of pro-shot footage was finally released a few years back. In addition to the many tunes from 1976’s Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and 1978’s You’re Gonna Get It! performed in Santa Monica are an early version of “Refugee” laid down before the band recorded the song in the studio and a celebratory cover of The Isley Brothers’ “Shout” just after the start of 1979. (by Scott Bernstein)
Ron Blair (bass)
Mike Campbell (guitar)
Tom Petty (vocals, guitar)
Stan Lynch (drums)
Benmont Tench (keyboards)
01. Intro + I Need To Know (Petty) 2.53
02. Surrender (Petty) 2.52
03. Fooled Again (I Don’t Like It) (Petty) 6.11
04. Casa Dega (Campbell/Petty) 5.34
05. Refugee (Campbell/Petty) 3.52
06. You’re Gonna Get It (Petty) 4.19
07. Mystery Man (Petty) 3.19
08. American Girl (Petty) 4.21
09. Breakdown (Petty) 6.56
10. Too Much Ain’t Enough (Petty) 4.43
11. Shout (D,Isley/Rudolph Isley/Ronald Isley) 8.47
12. Uncut edition (including New Year’s announcement) 56.19
and here´s the video of this show: