Category: tom petty

Stevie onstage with Tom Petty and Bob Dylan in…

Stevie onstage with Tom Petty and Bob Dylan in Sydney – February 1986.

Stevie and Tom Petty photographed by Herbert Worthington while…

Stevie and Tom Petty photographed by Herbert Worthington while working on demos at Stevie’s house.

“My whole grief process hasn’t really started yet.  Tom is in a lot of my stories and I am going to…”

“My whole grief process hasn’t really started yet.  Tom is in a lot of my stories and I am going to have to find a way to deal with that, to tell the story of how Stop Dragging My Heart came into my life, how it saved my life with the Bella Donna album. I will just go with my heart … I was the only girl ever in the Heartbreakers.”

Stevie Nicks, HeraldSun (Australia) – November 4, 2017.

“You were awesome! I wanna thank you for being my first show after a supreme tragedy has happened to…”

“You were awesome! I wanna thank you for being my first show after a supreme tragedy has happened to me. I didn’t really know how I was gonna do this tonight, but all that love, good feelings, all that kindness… I can feel it. And I really feel that you got me through this and now I feel that I can continue on and finish this show. So I thank you. Tom Petty thanks you. We thank you. Good night.”

Stevie Nicks, 24 Karat Gold Tour, Perth, Australia – November 2, 2017.

Stevie and Tom in at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater on September…

Stevie and Tom in at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater on September 18, 1981 in Irvine, California.

“I am going to be going over the loss of Tom while I am on this tour. Since he just died and I am…”

“I am going to be going over the loss of Tom while I am on this tour. Since he just died and I am actually here in my time when, under normal circumstances I would be with his family and going through my grief. But I am here in the arms of Australia and if I was going to be anywhere I want to be here.
It’s going to be an interesting thing to perform Edge of Seventeen and all the other songs Tom was part of but he would not want me to change my show one little bit because of him. He would say ‘do your show exactly as you did it 55 times in the United States, rock yourself into the stars’.”

Stevie Nicks, November, 2017. (Source)

‘Rock yourself into the stars’: Stevie Nicks doing it for Tom Petty

‘Rock yourself into the stars’: Stevie Nicks doing it for Tom Petty:

When Stevie Nicks closes the shows on her Australian tour with her 1981 hit Edge of Seventeen, it will hold a particularly special meaning for the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. 


“There was a whole verse written about Tom Petty that I never really referred to
,” Nicks said.
Petty, who died in October, was a long-time friend and collaborator of Nicks and she credits him with helping her launch her solo career. 


But it was a misheard conversation Nicks had with Petty’s wife Jane that inspired the song’s famous title.
“The verse ‘he was no more than a baby then, well he seemed broken hearted, something within him, but the moment that I first laid, eyes on him all alone, on the edge of seventeen’ that was about Tom,” Nicks says. 


Jane has a real Florida accent and she said something about him being around the age of 17 and I thought she said the edge of 17 and I just thought that was so poetic.
“She corrected me when I asked her about it, but I didn’t care. I kept it.” 


Nicks said she would normally be spending this difficult time with Petty’s family and going through her grief privately, but wanted to fulfil her Australian tour commitments, mostly because it’s ‘what Tom would want’.
“I am going to be going over the loss of Tom while I am on this tour. Since he just died and I am actually here in my time when, under normal circumstances I would be with his family and going through my grief. But I am here in the arms of Australia and if I was going to be anywhere I want to be here,
” Nicks said. 


It’s going to be an interesting thing to perform Edge of Seventeen and all the other songs Tom was part of but he would not want me to change my show one little bit because of him. He would say ‘do your show exactly as you did it 55 times in the United States, rock yourself into the stars’.” 


Nicks current Australian tour, which kicks off in Perth on November 2, is just two years after she was last here with her band Fleetwood Mac, and comes on the back of her 2014 solo album 24 Karat Gold. 


Honestly, after I delivered the album to the record label I didn’t listen to it again for almost two years because I had to go straight into rehearsals for the Fleetwood Mac tour,“ Nicks said.

“So we did 110 shows on the first tour and then Chris (Former Fleetwod Mac songwriter Christine McVie) said she wanted to come back, so we did another 110 shows with her.

“When I got back I literally didn’t even take a day off, I went to my managers and said ‘I know it’s been 18 months since we released the album, let’s book a tour’.” 


The original 28 show tour was extended to 55 dates and then an Australian leg of the tour was added. 


Now, she admits, she is ready for some time off. 


This is the most successful tour I have ever done, so it is really worth it,“ she said. 


I have a Fleetwood Mac show in January and then I am taking some time off to go to Hawaii.“

But she already has her eye on more touring as soon as she can after the holiday ends.

You just have to,“ she said. “Especially what has happened to me with Tom, you can’t take anything for granted, if you have music to play that you love, why not?

“I don’t want to not play Edge of Seventeen again.” 


Stevie Nicks plays Perth Arena on November 2, Botanic Park, Adelaide on November 4, ICC Sydney Theatre on November 7 and 8, Bimbadgen, Hunter Valley on November 11, Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton on November 12, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne on November 16 and Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley on November 18. 


Tickets are available through livenation.com.au

October 27, 2006: ‘Highway Companion Tour’, Berkeley, CA.

October 27, 2006: ‘Highway Companion Tour’, Berkeley, CA.

October 27, 2003: Stevie presents the ‘Legend Award’ to “Tom…

October 27, 2003: Stevie presents the ‘Legend Award’ to “Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers” during Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas, NV. 


During her speech, Stevie said: “He not only started out as my greatest musical influence, but today he’s still my greatest musical influence.

Stevie Nicks 1983 Interview pt 3

Stevie Nicks 1983 Interview pt 3:

Close out with Stevie singing Edge of Seventeen Accapella from Tom Petty’s 1981 Interview at 2:54