BACK-UP BAND THE OBSCURE: A HARDY SNUB
Anyone who watched Super Bowl 42 was far less swayed by the exciting finish or the lackluster commercials were supposed to be woo-ed by but never are. What stood out -- and it's redundant to mention it, as you all are surely aware -- is how disrespectful and hateful Tom Petty was toward his band, The Heartbreakers.
Never the same since Stan Lynch (drummer) was fired (or left the band), Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers were another installment of a nostalgic, 'safe' act in the post-Janet Jackson Super Bowl era. Beforehand, it would appear, University of Arizona State students were given downloads of four songs to learn the lyrics to so they could sing along during live feeds.
Who would expect that a bearded, possibly toked up, Petty would snub his band, relegating them to a Vegas 'back up band,' like a late Elvis playing novelty hits for an easy-to-please crowd?
THREE OF THE SONGS PLAYED WERE NOT TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS SONGS , but songs from Tom Petty's rather overrated, 1989 'solo' album Full Moon Fever: 'Free Fallin,' 'I Won't Back Down' and 'Runnin Down a Dream.'
This is the equivalent of the Rolling Stones playing four songs: 'Start Me Up,' REO's 'Take it on the Run,' Journey's 'Anyway You Want It' and the Fixx's 'One Thing Leads to Another.' It's EXACTLY as if ZZ Top played 'Tush,' then the Eagles 'Get Over It,' Glenn Fry's 'Smuggler's Blues' and Don Henley's 'All She Wants to Do is Dance.'
For his slight to a band that's been all too happy to play the charisma-free back-up to the charisma-free Tom Petty for a few decades, Tom Petty (and his fans) are NOT ALLOWED to use this site -- or attend FBO functions -- until Feb 26.
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