The final interview that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers ever did is in the L.A. Times, and it is revealing on many fronts. What was Petty's plan after this tour? It was to really enjoy his family, but not to disappear. He had some projects that he was going to be working on.
Also, some discussion from Petty on the recent conversations he had with his doctor.
Plus, some great behind the scenes photos of the final days on his tour. Some of them are below.
“Well, I just adore him.” Lucinda Williams settled into a chair in her dressing room at the Hollywood Bowl, having just wrapped her opening set on the second night of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ three-night run to close out the band’s 40th Anniversary tour. Lucinda agreed to chat for an interview for The Road Report, and we started out by talking about the first time she met Tom and the band, when they invited her to open the Echo tour in 1999. The tour started in June, almost a year after Car Wheels on a Gravel Road hit, which put Lucinda on the map as a songwriter and artist. Yet many fans at the first shows of the tour weren’t familiar with Lucinda, so the reception for her was a bit…cool. Someone even apparently threw a banana peel onstage. “It was your standard opening act terror,” Lucinda recalled with a laugh. “A few nights later, without telling anyone, Tom came out and introduced me. And he did it every night for the rest of the tour. He didn’t need to do that, but he won my heart because of it.” After we finished the interview, I headed upstairs to the Heartbreakers’ dressing rooms to catch up with the band before showtime. Opening the door from the stairwell, I ran into Tom, Mike Campbell and Dean, the band’s head of security, having a laugh in the hallway. Recounting Lucinda’s account about the Echo tour, I started telling the story about the banana peel when a wide smile broke out across Tom’s face. “I remember Lucinda having a tough time on that tour, so I thought I might try and help her out,” Tom said. “But I don’t remember the banana peel. I’m not saying it didn’t happen; Lucinda would know. But I didn’t see it.” Pulling a classic line from John Ford’s “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” Tom added, “Some times, when the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” No need to print the legend, TP. You were better than any legend. Thank you for taking a chance on another Florida kid, for your trust and encouragement, for the many, many, many laughs and for all the music. I will never forget it. Honored to have ridden the river with you, the band and the Heartbreakers road crew. #pettyforever #grateful