July 25, 2015 – 4:03 pm

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TOM PETTY R.I.P. 1950 - 2017

American musician Tom Petty has died on October 2, 2017 in California aged 66, says a statement issued on behalf of his family. Petty was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home early on Monday. He was taken to hospital, but could not be revived and died later that evening. Petty was best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers rock band, producing such hits as American Girl, Breakdown, Free Fallin’, Learning to Fly and Refugee. “He died peacefully at 20:40 Pacific time (03:40 GMT Tuesday) surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends,” said his long-time manager Tony Dimitriades. Petty and the band were on the forefront of the heartland rock movement, alongside artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seger. The genre eschews the synthesizer-based music and fashion elements. Petty was also a co-founder of the Traveling Wilburys group in the late 1980s, touring with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison. “It’s shocking, crushing news,” said Dylan, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.” Petty also found solo success in 1989 with his album Full Moon Fever, which featured one of his most popular songs Free Fallin’, co-written with Jeff Lynne. In 2002, Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. - BBC

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Southern Accents In The Sunshine State [Gossip #GOS018, 2CD]

Live at the Stephen C O’Connell Center, University Of Florida, Gainesville, Florida; November 4, 1993. Very good FM broadcast.

Release notes:

Two-CD FM broadcast captures Tom Petty’s complete 1993 homecoming concert, his first show in Gainesville, Florida for 20 years. Following the breakup of Heartbreakers Mudcrutch in 1975, Tom Petty and former band-mates Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell, joined up with some other Gainesville musicians, bassist Ron Blair and drummer Stan Lynch, to become Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, in 1976. But, even then, success was not immediate, and they had many struggles ahead.

When their first album was released in November 1976, it initially received little attention, selling only a few thousand copies over the initial months. They released two singles, ‘Breakdown’ and ‘American Girl’, and both failed to chart in the US. Apparently, potential punters were confused; they looked like a new wave band (the album cover photo especially), but the music was pure rock n’ roll with a definite ’60s throwback style.

Fortunately, however, the UK seemed to ‘get it’, and they became popular there, with the album climbing to #24 on the British charts. Slowly, after news of their success in Britain, the album began picking up interest in the US, finally entering the Billboard charts almost a full year after its initial release. ‘Breakdown’ was re-released too, and this time made it into the top 40.

Back in Gainesville, the community was very supportive and proud of Petty’s success. However, by the late ’80s, there was also some growing resentment, that Tom had forsaken his hometown, that now that he had made it big, he rarely came back to his local fans and his roots there. Thus, the show presented here, from 1993, represented his homecoming to Gainesville, his first major concert there since packing up his van and leaving with Mudcrutch, almost 20 years before.

This show was just prior to the release of his greatest hits album and while he was in the process of moving to a new label. The greatest hits album also included two new recently recorded songs ; ‘Mary Jane’s Last Dance’ and a cover of Thunderclap Newman’s ‘Something in the Air’, both of which are included in this show. And the show was broadcast on the radio nationwide, in superb FM quality. So, here is Tom Petty’s triumphant, yet somewhat overdue, return to Gainesville. Although some of the circulating FM versions of the show are shortened substantially, this is the full show in all its glory.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Love Is A Long Road 4:44 (8.0MB)
Track 102. Into The Great Wide Open 4:25 (7.4MB)
Track 103. Listen To Her Heart 4:25 (7.4MB)
Track 104. I Won’t Back Down 4:59 (8.4MB)
Track 105. Free Fallin’ 5:05 (8.6MB)
Track 106. Psychotic Reaction 6:51 (11.5MB)
Track 107. Ben’s Boogie 3:57 (6.6MB)
Track 108. Don’t Come Around Here No More 9:14 (15.5MB)
109. Something In The Air - Omitted *
Track 110. Mary Jane’s Last Dance 8:50 (14.8MB)
Track 111. King’s Highway 3:40 (6.2MB)
Track 112. A Face In The Crowd 4:33 (7.6MB)
61 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Ballad Of Easy Rider 4:08 (7.0MB)
Track 202. Take Out Some Insurance 5:44 (9.6MB)
Track 203. Thirteen Days 4:59 (8.4MB)
Track 204. Southern Accents 5:22 (9.0MB)
Track 205. Yer So Bad 3:28 (5.8MB)
206. Driving Down To Georgia - Omitted *
207. Lost Without You - Omitted *
Track 208. Refugee 4:39 (7.8MB)
Track 209. Running Down A Dream 5:12 (8.7MB)
Track 210. Learning To Fly 4:56 (8.3MB)
Track 211. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 4:21 (7.3MB)
Track 212. American Girl 4:44 (8.0MB)
Track 213. Alright For Now 2:42 (4.5MB)
51 mins

* Available on The Live Anthology set.

Tom Petty - guitar, vocals
Mike Campbell - guitar
Benmont Tench - keyboards, vocals
Stan Lynch - drums, vocals
Howie Epstein - bass, vocals

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  1. 9 Responses to “TOM PETTY - GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA 1993”

  2. The version of PSYCHOTIC REACTION on disc one is alone, worth grabbing this show

    By The Russian Assassin on Jul 25, 2015

  3. Russian, I have the 45 single from Count Five doing the original Psychotic Reaction. What a hot band that was!

    By ScarRad on Jul 25, 2015

  4. Thanks for the Petty!! It’s nice to get some variety, and not another Neil Young or Bob Dylan. I love those guys, but I’ve probably got 25 shows of each one off of here. I’ve never got a Tom Petty, until now. Thanks!!

    By Big Dave on Jul 31, 2015

  5. Thanks. The audio is really good.

    By Dan Ryan on Aug 5, 2015

  6. One of the best boots I’ve gotten off of here. Thanks again guys!

    By Big Dave on Aug 10, 2015

  7. Great, thanks. Tom Petty is brilliant and this is great stuff from the man.

    By tony on Sep 6, 2015

  8. RIP Tom , feeling your loss now and always , Hope that you and Howie are together again singing those beautiful harmonies that you were so good at .

    By Bill on Oct 5, 2017

  9. I downloaded this show a couple of years ago with no songs ommited . What gives ? Why not include 3 songs from an otherwise great show ? One of The bands greatest shows ever ! Seems a little trite especially at a time like this when we just lost one of the great rock icons ever . The accostic erosions of kings highway and face in the crowd are enough to bring you to tears Howie Epstein was an unbelievable talent in his own right and his vocal harmonies really added something special to the band that was never achieved again once he left . Anyway this might be their best show and that’s saying something. Just could do without the missing songs .

    By Bbnp on Oct 6, 2017

  10. I have had this marvelous show for quite a while, and I am glad to see it here on my favorite roio site! Make sure, everyone, that you get this show now if you have any interest in Petty.

    By J Hand on Oct 25, 2017

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