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XPN MusicNotes: Watch more tributes to Tom Petty with covers by The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Cage the Elephant

Tom Petty | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

“It was just like somebody stabbed you in the heart when you heard that Tom Petty died” – Brandon Flowers of The Killers

Over the weekend, several bands paid tribute to the late Tom Petty with covers of some of his classics performed by The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Cage the Elephant. Continue reading →

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Talking Petty with visual designer George Murphy

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in Newwark | Photo by George Murphy, courtesy of Planet Ten

When I learned of Tom Petty‘s passing earlier this week, one of the first people I thought of was my friend George Murphy. Though I first met George through his band Scantron and his association with Low Cut Connie, I quickly found out about his skills as a multimedia master. One of the most recent projects that George and his team at Planet Ten worked on was the production of on-stage visuals for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 40th anniversary tour. Continue reading →

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Ryan Tennis and the Clubhouse Band pay tribute to rock great Tom Petty with beautiful rendition of “Wildflowers”

Ryan Tennis & The Clubhouse Band in “Wildflowers” – Tom Petty Tribute performance video

The world lost a rock legend three days ago when Tom Petty shockingly passed away at 66 years old. Musicians everywhere have been mourning his loss in the best way they know how: covering some of Petty’s best records.

This week, the WXPN studio hosted Ryan Tennis and his Clubhouse Band for a Key Studio Session we’ll release later this fall. After it was done, they played a gorgeous version of the Petty classic “Wildflowers.” Wildflowers the album was Petty’s second solo album and it gives a more well-rounded look his musical abilities in terms of instrumentation and higher-tech production. “Wildflowers” is a heartfelt, sing-songy love record that has always been begging to be covered and Tennis and his band do just that. In this studio session, the Clubhouse band consisted of seven musicians (including Tennis) playing a slew of instruments from electric guitar to a shaker, but all of the musicians add their own unique vocals to create a very pretty harmony that fits perfectly with the soft strumming chord progression of Tennis’ acoustic guitar. Continue reading →

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Watch The National honor Tom Petty with “Damaged by Love” cover

The National | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

In the two days following his passing, fans and other musicians alike have come together in an outpouring of support and appreciation for Tom Petty‘s impact on music. Among the heartfelt tributes are plenty of Petty covers, and this one from indie rock favorites The National, shared by the band on Instagram, features a quiet and intimate interpretation of “Damaged by Love” performed by frontman Matt Berninger and guitarist Bryce Dessner. Continue reading →

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Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers rocked 40 years of incredible hits at Wells Fargo

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers | Photo by Mike Vasilikos

Last night, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers rolled into Philly at the Wells Fargo Center for two hours, performing one hit after another for an audience that sang along to every word. The last time Petty was in town was June 2016, touring with Mudcrutch. That night though was reserved for the songs he recorded from his reunion with his first band. Last night, however, was reserved for Petty’s incredible canon of songs, stretching back to the band’s 1976 self-titled debut. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Radio Dept. at Union Transfer, John Coltraine Tribute at Underground Arts, Pat Finnerty’s Valentine’s Day Tom Petty Tribute at Johnny Brenda’s and more

The Radio Dept. | via facebook.com/theradiodept
The Radio Dept. | via facebook.com/theradiodept

Synthpop masters The Radio Dept. are taking over Union Transfer for the night, kicking off their US headling tour with Germans. The tour celebrates the band’s first record in six years, making tonight’s spectical a long awated one for some. The gig is all ages, and more information/tickets cane be found at the XPN Concert Calender. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers add second Wells Fargo Center show

Tom Petty | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

American rock and roll faves Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are going on tour this summer to celebrate their 40th anniversary. In addition to their July 1st show at the Wells Fargo Center, Petty just added a second engagement at the South Philly arena on Saturday, July 29th. Tickets are on sale now, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers bring 40th anniversary tour to Wells Fargo Center

Tom Petty | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Tom Petty | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers just announced a 40th anniversary tour that kicks off on April 20th in Oklahoma City, rolls through the United States and cruises through Philadelphia on July 1st for a show at the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets are on sale Friday, December 16th at 10 a.m. Continue reading →