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Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Formed 1976.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is an American rock band from Gainesville, Florida. In 1976, the band's original lineup was Tom Petty as the primary vocalist and guitar player, Mike Campbell as the lead guitarist, Ron Blair on bass, Stan Lynch on drums, and Benmont Tench on keyboards. The band has largely maintained this lineup, with a few exceptions. In 1982, Blair, who was tired of the touring lifestyle, left the band. Blair's replacement, Howie Epstein, was with the band for the next twenty years. When Epstein died in 2002, Blair returned to the Heartbreakers. In 1994, Lynch, who left the band, was replaced by Curt Bisquera and Steve Ferrone.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were on the forefront of the heartland rock movement, alongside artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seger, which arose in the late 1970s and 1980s. The genre eschews the synthesizer-based music and fashion elements being popularized in the 1980s, such as synthpop and New Romanticism in favor of a straightforward classic rock sound and lyrics based on relatable, blue collar issues. Petty and the Heartbreakers are known for hit singles such as "American Girl", "Breakdown", "The Waiting", "Learning to Fly", "Refugee" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance". While the heartland rock movement fizzled in the 1990s, the band remained active and popular. They still tour regularly and continue to record albums. Their most recent, Hypnotic Eye, was released on July 25, 2014. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Damn the Torpedoes (Deluxe Edition)

    Damn the Torpedoes (Deluxe Edition) 2010

    Reviewed by Chris Lo
    One of Petty’s best records gets a lick of deluxe paint.
  2. Review of Mojo

    Mojo 2010

    Reviewed by David Quantick
    Petty’s latest with the Heartbreakers is a far cry from his finest fare.
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