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That put me off when I wrote it. It's so bare, without any ambiguity. There was nothing there but truth.feedback
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Oct 18 2017
Tom Petty has most recently been quoted in an article called Remembering Tom Petty, 1950-2017. Tom Petty said, “We had the amps up loud.”. Tom Petty has been quoted a grand total of 62 times in 29 articles.
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Oct 04 2017

I struggled through a few years.feedback

Oct 04 2017

I'd gone from living in a rock star's mansion to a motel room. Which, for some reason, didn't bother me. I didn't need much. Shelter was across the street, and my whole social world was there.feedback

Oct 04 2017 - MGM

The thing about L.A. was that it was exactly what I hoped it would be. We drove down the streets and everywhere you looked were signs for record companies. MGM, RCA, Capitol, A&M. It was obvious that we had come to the right place.feedback

Oct 04 2017

I'd put so much into Mudcrutch, and now it was just dust. I had nothing, absolutely nothing to show for years of work.feedback

Oct 03 2017

If we don't take a stand, one of these days, records are going to be $20. Sometimes there's a communications breakdown and, when that happens, you just have to stand up for yourself.feedback

Oct 03 2017

I didn't much like making videos – the hours were insane.feedback

Oct 03 2017

I felt like, Oh well, here we are. It was a little out of character for us. We did get a few laughs out of it. … We're really just musicians, we're not even personalities.feedback

Oct 03 2017

I knew it would cheapen our long-term play. I wasn't happy the way videos started to exploit women. I thought, we're all better than this.feedback

Oct 03 2017

Have you got a couple of hours? She's a good friend. I've known her since 1978 and she's insisted on being in my life. Some of my best musical memories of her are sitting on the couch and just playing the guitar while she sings.feedback

Oct 03 2017

I don't really see a George Jones or a Buck Owens or any anything that fresh coming up. I'm sure there must be somebody doing it, but most of that music reminds me of rock in the middle Eighties, where it became incredibly generic and relied on videos.feedback

Oct 03 2017

Unless you've done it, you can't understand what it is, . And if you're not really experienced, you will fall.feedback

Oct 03 2017

It was like this incredible apathy invaded the band.feedback

Oct 03 2017

I wanted to make a single that sounded like nothing anybody had ever done, and to this day, I don't know that anybody's ever made a single like that. We worked very hard on that song–maybe a month–and we were doing things like right in the middle, there's a big piano note, a grand piano, and we literally grabbed the tape and pulled it across the heads [of the recorder] so it makes this kind of 'whoooooo' [laughs].feedback

Oct 03 2017

[MTV] actually made me edit out a scene of my face when we were cutting her up. They said it was just too lascivious. It was just a shot of me grinning, and they were like, Well, you can do it, but you can't enjoy it that much.feedback

Oct 03 2017

You really learned the value of spontaneity, of how a moment that is real in a concert is worth so much more than one you plan out. I couldn't have dreamed that one up. It was so crazy. What I really loved was the power of the vocals. When we sang harmonies it was just chilling. And I just liked the way those guys carried themselves. They were the real thing and didn't give a damn about anything but music. Some really good friendships were made, it wasn't all in the sessions, it might move to my house and we'd be up 'til late just singing and playing. They liked to drink beer.feedback

Oct 03 2017 - Turkey

You start losing your soul. You realize one day, S–, I've lost myself. I'm hanging out with people I wouldn't be seen with in a million years, and I have to get out of this.feedback

Oct 03 2017

I'm thinking it may be the last trip around the country. We're all on the backside of our 60s. I have a granddaughter now I'd like to see as much as I can. I don't want to spend my life on the road.feedback

Oct 03 2017

When my father got home…he came in, took a belt and beat the living s– out of me. He beat me so bad that I was covered in raised welts, from my head to my toes. I mean, you can't imagine someone hitting a child like that. My mother and grandmother laid me in my bed, stripped me and they took cotton and alcohol, cleaning these big welts all over my body.feedback

Oct 03 2017

I was used to living in hell. My parents' marriage was hell. I lived through being terribly abused as a kid, and then I found myself in an abusive marriage.feedback

Oct 03 2017

The only good thing about getting older is you get smart enough to avoid unnecessary problems. You know what's worth spending time on and what's not. If I had known that at 20, life would have been so much easier, but you have to experience all these things so you figure out how to find your way through the woods.feedback

Oct 03 2017

Maybe somewhere down the road a ways / You'll think of me, wonder where I am these days.feedback

Oct 02 2017

We'd record in one or two takes. We couldn't have made this album in the Eighties.feedback

Oct 02 2017

It's a strange to say out loud, but I always felt destined to do this, . From a very young age I felt this was going to happen to me.feedback

Oct 02 2017

But I want to continue with the vibe we had at the [2013] theater shows where we represented plenty of popular songs, but also give the longtime fans some really deep stuff, and we can change the show as much as we want from night to night.feedback

Oct 02 2017

I need something to do, or I tend to be a nuisance around the house.feedback

Oct 02 2017

We're all on the backside of our 60s. I have a granddaughter now I'd like to see as much as I can. I don't want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that's a lot of time.feedback

Oct 02 2017

It's a funny disease because it takes you a long time to really come to terms with the fact that you're sick - medically sick, you're not just suddenly going out of your mind.feedback

Oct 02 2017

I don't see that I have anything to offer as a solo artist that I couldn't do within the group better. We get along so well it's embarrassing really. It's a love fest!feedback

Jul 13 2017

I thought that was the strangest comment I'd ever heard about music.feedback

Jun 30 2017

It's still a wild pace. I might be away for two years, but I've worked myself to death on different projects, you know?feedback

Jun 30 2017 - Netflix

I need a new Netflix show, does anyone have any suggestions? Well, see? Things can work even when you don't realize it.feedback

Jun 30 2017

That's when we learned how to really be a band.feedback

Jun 30 2017

The road and the studio are the only places I've ever felt completely OK. In any other life situation I'm terribly retarded.feedback

Jun 30 2017

About 20 years ago, we stopped doing soundchecks. It eats up the whole day and we'd argue, and then you'd come back and the sound would be completely different with a crowd.feedback

Jun 30 2017

Unless you've done it, you can't understand what it is. And if you're not really experienced, you will fall.feedback

Jun 30 2017

I hate 'Zombie Zoo,' . I do not understand how that got on the record. I had better stuff. What frame of mind produced that? That was nearly a perfect album.feedback

Jun 30 2017

I felt like I had to go down a dark tunnel and coax him out.feedback

Mar 14 2017

It's very likely we'll keep playing, but will we take on 50 shows in one tour? I don't think so. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was thinking this might be the last big one. We're all on the backside of our sixties. I have a granddaughter now I'd like to see as much as I can. I don't want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that's a lot of time.feedback

Feb 11 2017 - Grammy awards 2017

I realized I've been in one of the two or three best rock bands there is. That's all I want to be. I'm going to keep on riding.feedback

Mar 08 2016

They felt packaged for a middle-of-the-road, older crowd. At first, you go, Oh, I don't know about that.' But it was such pure, good stuff that you had to put off your prejudices and learn to love it. It taught me not to have those prejudices.feedback

Aug 31 2010

I got chills. They knew it would be OK. I've had a chance to meet the president and talk to him about the music he listens to.feedback

Oct 19 1978

Everybody white, in a band and under the age of 25 was a punk.feedback

Oct 19 1978

I mean, first of all, it's anti-cocaine. I don't even like the stuff. And second, what's champagne going for these days? Two bucks a bottle? The last thing I want to be is a critics' band.feedback

Oct 19 1978

And that is how these stories about us start.feedback

Oct 19 1978 - United Nations

During that year, I had my fill of hearing 7-million-selling albums and all the other records that came out with the same million-dollar slick sound. We are what we are. We're a working band. I don't know fuck about the U.N. I'd rather sing about rock & roll and chicks. I think I'm much more in touch with that. Then again, you never know when you might write a positively brilliant album about Red China – as long as the songs are good.feedback

Oct 19 1978

Did you see the reviews in England? They criticize us because we've become too L.A.-ized. Comparing [the new LP] to a Linda Ronstadt record is really funny to me. And I don't care, to tell you the truth. I really don't care if they want to give me shit about where I live. I could live in New York and do the same album. How dare they think that we've become too L.A. We're saving the place. Don't give me shit.feedback

Oct 19 1978

We played together that day. The next day I asked them if they wanted to start the band. I told all the lawyers that I had made a living a long time before I made records, and if I couldn't get a fair deal, I just wouldn't record anymore. I meant it. I was fed up. We were being treated like we were stupid. We are not stupid. No. I took a switchblade out of my boot and started admiring the edge. Then we made headway.feedback

Oct 19 1978

We still haven't made the definitive record. This one is better than the first, and the first one was pretty good, but one day we'll get it perfect. We haven't even touched our potential.feedback

Oct 19 1978

Well, it's Johnny Rotten, surrounded by French journalists. Stan has to be restrained. I went over there and said, Who the fuck are you talking to?' Rotten immediately went into his wounded-punk act, says nothing. There ain't no Robin Hoods in rock, man. All that punk shit was just a little too trendy. Costello's OK. We played with him, but I couldn't call him Elvis.feedback

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