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#TBT: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Jiffy Lube Live

 
#TBT: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Jiffy Lube Live
Posted August 26th, 2014 @ 12:03pm

Each Thursday this summer, BIG 100.3 will play a classic live performance at noon.  The song will come from actual concerts in the Washington D.C. area.

#TBT (also known as Throwback Thursday) is an opportunity to take a look (and a listen) back to the incredible artists that have come through the nation's capital over the years. 

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This week's #TBT will feature a performance by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Jiffy Lube Live on August 15, 2010.

Tom Petty's love of rock music began when he met Elvis Presley on the set of a movie in 1961.  Petty decided he wanted to be in a band when saw The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Petty formed the Heartbreakers in 1976 after his previous group, Mudcrutch, broke up.  Fellow Mudcrutch members Mike Campbell (guitar) and Benmont Tench (keyboards) started the Heartbreakers with Petty.  Drummer Stan Lynch and bassist Ron Blair rounded out the original lineup.

The band released their debut, self-titled album in November of 1976.  It got minor attention in the United States at first, but did better in England.  The album's first single, Breakdown, did break into the Top 40 after it was re-released in 1977.

Their next album, You're Gonna Get It, sold better than the debut, but the band was launched by their third album, Damn the Torpedoes.

Damn the Torpedoes was the band's first platinum album thanks to hits like Don't Do Me Like That and Refugee.

For almost 40 years, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have consistently released new material and they still often tour.  For the most part, the band lineup has stayed intact.  Blair left the band in the early 1980's and was replaced by Howie Epstein.  But, Blair returned to the band following Epstein's death in 2003.  Lynch was fired in 1994.  He was almost replaced by Nirvana's Dave Grohl.  But, after Grohl declined, Steve Ferrone joined the band.  Guitarist Scott Thurston was added to the band in 1991.

 

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