I first saw Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at a nightclub called The Bottom Line in New York City. Must've been either 1977 or 1978. Petty was dressed in tight black leather that night and the band was on fire. I knew then that something big was happening with these guys.
Since then, I've seen them several times through the years and it was always a great show. Tom Petty was a true rock-and-roller because he couldn't be anything else. Great songwriter, great singer, great band leader.
I wasn't surprised when I read that he had left behind a bounty of live and unreleased material. A lot of it will be released to the public this Friday in a box set called "An American Treasure." Here's a link to the official press release about the new set.
You might have heard the song "Keep a Little Soul" from "An American Treasure" on NNJ. A video for another new one called "Gainesville" was released just last week. Gainesville is Mr. Petty's hometown. And here it is: