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Watch Father John Misty Cover Tom Petty’s “To Find a Friend”

Father John Misty has signed his name in the Tom Petty memorial cover song book. At the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix, Arizona last night, Misty played an…
Anna Gaca / October 5, 2017

Tom Petty by the Numbers: A “Breakdown” of 40 Years of Hits

Tom Petty made his Billboard chart debut in September 1977, alongside his backing band The Heartbreakers, when their self-titled first album opened at No. 190 on the Billboard 200. The debut launched…
Xander Zellner, Billboard / October 3, 2017

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Listen to a Demo of Tom Petty’s ‘You Don’t Know How It Feels’

Even before Tom Petty died in 2017, there were talks that his beloved 1994 album Wildflowers (which was produced by Rick Rubin) would be getting a special…
Daniel Kohn / June 26, 2020

Tom Petty’s Estate Rips Trump for Using ‘I Won’t Back Down’ at Campaign Rally

On Saturday night, President Donald Trump had a rally in Tulsa that was sparsely attended. Apparently that wasn't even the worst piece of news of…
Daniel Kohn / June 20, 2020

The Killers Debut New Song ‘Blowback,’ Cover Tom Petty on CBS This Morning

The Killers gave fans a Saturday morning surprise when they debuted a new song, "Blowback," during their performance on CBS This Morning. Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vannucci —…
Katrina Nattress / April 25, 2020

Willie Nelson, Jakob Dylan, Amos Lee, More Cover Tom Petty’s “For Real”

Tom Petty died just over two years ago of what was later revealed to be an accidental overdose, and to commemorate his passing, as well…
Rob Arcand / December 21, 2019

12 Best Rock Star Cameos on The Simpsons

It's become a badge of honor for athletes, rockers, authors, astronauts, actors, politicians, and pop culture icons to get The Simpsons treatment. And on October…
Jolie Lash / October 13, 2019

Eurythmics: Our 1985 Cover Story

This article originally appeared in the August 1985 issue of SPIN. The day Be Yourself Tonight lay tightly canned and set for the…
Simon Garfield / July 28, 2019

The Strokes: Our 2003 Cover Story, The Rebirth of Cool

This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of SPIN. "Is it okay to let the girls in?" Smoggy asks. The Strokes'
Marc Spitz / July 14, 2019

Hole, Soundgarden, Estates of Tupac and Tom Petty Sue Universal Music Group Over Warehouse Fire

Earlier this month, the New York Times Magazine published a lengthy investigation into a warehouse fire at Universal Studios in 2008. The fire, which Universal…
Rob Arcand / June 22, 2019

J Mascis – “Don’t Do Me Like That” (Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Cover)

Last summer, Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis took the stage at a bar in Provincetown, MA and performed an impromptu karaoke cover of Tom Petty…
Will Gottsegen / April 9, 2019

Watch the Trailer for a New Laurel Canyon Documentary Featuring Tom Petty, Brian Wilson, Fiona Apple, and More

A new documentary called Echo in the Canyon, which deals with the pop music scene in Laurel Canyon in the mid-1960s, is set for wide…
Winston Cook-Wilson / April 4, 2019

Hear Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Previously Unreleased Song “For Real”

Tom Petty passed away in October 2017, but his legacy lives on. This past October, just over a year after Petty's death, Reprise Records released a career-spanning…
Will Gottsegen / February 15, 2019

Here Is a Funny Story About Cardi B and Tom Petty

We all remember our first Grammy victory: the rush of pride and awe, the deceptively tricky walk through the crowd, the awkward handshake with, like, Luke…
Tosten Burks / February 12, 2019

Gainesville Park Named After Tom Petty

A Florida park was renamed after iconic rocker Tom Petty, who played at that park as a boy. The Gainesville Sun reports that…
Associated Press / October 21, 2018

Watch Kurt Vile Cover Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly”

Philadelphia's Kurt Vile stopped by SiriusXM to promote his upcoming album Bottle It In with a cover of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 1991 song "Learning to…
Tosten Burks / October 10, 2018

Tom Petty Hits Collection The Best of Everything Announced, Featuring Two Unreleased Songs

An American Treasure, an 60-song collection of unreleased Tom Petty material (demos, alternate takes, unheard songs, so on) was just released a week ago. But today, a…
Winston Cook-Wilson / October 5, 2018
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