Tom Petty is coming!

Tom Petty, and the Heartbreakers, are coming to Jobing.com Arena here in Glendale, AZ August 20th.  Unfortunately the show is already sold out.  A testament to one of the most underrated and unsung rock stars of our era.

When most people talk about rock/pop music over the past several decades Tom Petty does not readily roll off the tongue of most people.  Yet if one were to compare his volume of music to any of his contemporaries over the past three decades, I think Tom Petty would hold up well against almost anyone.

Not particularly political, but always poignant, Petty has amassed a series of albums and songs that allowed him to once book 23 consecutive nights at the Fillmore Theater in San Francisco.  I was living in San Francisco at the time, and although I was unable to see any of the shows, I had friends who saw two or three of the shows and said the playlist at each show nary had a duplicate song.

It’s kind of sad really that in today’s “image is everything” pop culture, a guy like Tom Petty, who doesn’t air all his dirty laundry (if he even has dirty laundry) in public, does not get more recognition for the true artist (and I don’t throw out the word artist loosely) he is.

Go see him if you get the chance. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Click here for a list of Tom Petty’s albums.

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