Wolfgang’s Vault is featuring concerts for free listening for Tom Petty’s 60th Birthday

Three decades of rock and roll on the road are being celebrated on Tom Petty’s birthday by Wolfgang’s Vaults with two featured concerts to stream.

Listening is free although the sound is better with a WVIP membership and 192k compression rate.

Tom Petty started in 1976 with Mike Campbell on lead, Benmont Trench on keyboards and Stan Lynch on drums as the core group. They lasted through most of the 1980s and 1990s with Howie Epstein stepping into the bassist slot in 1982.

Tom Petty has had a long association with Bob Dylan, backing him  with his band, and as a member of the super group The Travelling Wilburys.

His hits are legends of rock like Mary Jane’s Last Dance, I Won’t Back Down, and Free Fallin.

His latest LP Mojo is very edgy and almost loses that wistful sound Tom Petty does so well. Great hard edge rock but the album is not your usual Tom Petty. Available from Amazon.com Mojo  I ordered the iTunes version which has 2 bonus video tracks.

Tom Petty’s videos have become classics. He used hot Hollywood directors like Cameron Crowe and the production values are top notch. I have and recommend Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Playback from Amazon.com which has all his best videos.

Peter Bogdanovich’s documentary Runnin’ Down a Dream is awesome. It contains one big missing bit of info when it talks about Howie’s drug use: Tom Petty was addicted to the same drugs.

In any event, Tom Petty 60 years old today.

Some material from Wikipedia and some from my brain.