Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes – Then & Now

 Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes

The Ronettes

By Nolan Apostle
Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

When
Sunday, August 12, 2018, 2:00 PM

RONNIE SPECTOR HAD TO CANCEL DUE TO HEALTH ISSUES. Her Doctor grounded her from any form of travel. BOOKER T To Perform

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Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes

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Ronnie Spector is stopping in on San Franciscans this weekend to perform at the Stern Grove Summer Music Festival. Displaying her signature bee-hive-esq waterfall of black hair and earth trembling vocals, the 74-year-old Ronnie Spector is a music treasure of talent that always was and always will be. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame she is a shining survivor of a horrifying 10-year marriage of seclusion to record producer Phil Spector. Ronnie is one of the few giants who created an ultimate girl group of that glittering golden era of Rock music who helped to define the genre and what came after it. Read more about the life of Ronnie Spector below, and we hope to see you at Stern Grove this Sunday.

Who is one of the few artists in the history of worldwide music that have been capable of defining the era of pop music with their very own genre and sound? That artist is the one and only Ronnie Spector. She has that kind of affect on you when you hear her music you know it’s Ronnie and her Ronettes, and all you want to do is get up and dance or make sweet love!

Ronnie is the embodiment of the heart, soul, and passion of female rock’n’roll in the 1960s. Her sound, her music, her genre, all of her, is all Ronnie, she’s in her own defining category. Not only is her sound so unique it helped to define and create the crossover of rock’n’roll and soul music during an era when the music fan was either a rock and roller or an R & B soul lover there really wasn’t a lot in between. To this day, no one has ever surpassed Ronnie’s powerful trademark vocals, her gutsy attitude, or her innocent but knowing sexuality. For these qualities and more, Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March 2007.

Ronnie Spector was born and raised in Spanish Harlem. She formed the Ronettes while in her teens and released her first few records in 1961 on the Colpix label. The Ronettes were also professional singers and dancers at New York’s Peppermint Lounge. There they were discovered by legendary disc jockey “Murray the K” (Murray Kaufman), who promptly hired them as dancers for his Brooklyn Fox Theater rock and roll revues. Beginning in 1963, Ronnie Spector—as lead singer of the ultimate girl group, The Ronettes—recorded a long string of classic pop hits: powerful, poignant teen anthems like the Grammy Award-winning “Walking in the Rain,” “Baby I Love You,” “The Best Part of Breaking Up,” “I Can Hear Music,” “Do I Love You,” and the international Number One smash “Be My Baby.”

These records are among the best-loved and most-emulated recordings in the history of rock and roll. “There were girl group hits before the Ronettes,” wrote Canadian critic Carl Wilson in a 2003 feature for the Toronto Globe & Mail. “But Ronnie Spector was the first woman in rock to provoke anything like the hysteria that Elvis had caused, which was soon to engulf the Beatles.” As the Number One pop group in England, Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes headlined over acts like the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and The Yardbirds. The Beatles personally requested that the Ronettes join their final U.S. tour in August 1966; later that year, at Basin Street East, a talented young come­dian named Richard Pryor was the opening act for the Ronettes’ final live performance. Ronnie kept her career moving forward – in1970, Ronnie sang on Jimi Hendrix’s recording of“Earth Blues”. Springsteen-RonnieSpectorIn 1971, Ronnie Spector released her Apple Records debut single, “Try Some, Buy Some”—written and produced by George Harrison, with a backing band that included George, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr. In 1976, Billy Joel wrote “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” as a tribute to Ronnie. The next year, she recorded the song with backing by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and it was issued as a single on Epic Records. In 1986, Ronnie’s duet with Eddie Money“Take Me Home Tonight”—reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and hung on the chart for 26 weeks. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award and became a heavy rotation video on MTV.

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In 1989, Ronnie took time off to write the story of her remarkable life and great music. Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness (Crown, 1990) was an international bestseller; a revised and updated mass-market paperback was published in June 2004. In 1999, Ronnie released the critically acclaimed EP She Talks to Rainbows on the cutting-edge indie label Kill Rock Stars. Highlights included Johnny Thunders’ “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory,” and a duet with EP producer Joey Ramone on his own composition “Bye Bye Baby.” Also in 1999, “Be My Baby” was added to The Grammy Hall of Fame. In June 2000, after a fifteen-year legal battle, Ronnie Spector won a landmark decision in the New York State courts. The ruling eased the way for veteran artists of the Fifties and Sixties to collect past-due royalties on their old recordings. In 2004 Ronnie was recognized for her contribution to American popular music when she was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame. In 2006, “Be My Baby” was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, preserved as a work of historical and cultural significance. Ronnie’s CD, The Last of the Rock Stars, released 2009, marked the first time she was ever in full control of her material, arrangements, and production. The supporting cast includes Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), members of The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, Patti Smith, and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.

ronnie-spectorXmasHer latest holiday CD, Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Ever, released 2010 complements her classic Christmas songs “Sleigh Ride,” “Frosty The Snowman,” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” “Sleigh Ride” (#3) and “Frosty The Snowman” (#17) are among ASCAP’s Top 20 most–played holiday radio hits of the past decade. 2011 was a significant year for Ronnie with her cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” being named “Single of the Month” in Britain’s influential MOJO Magazine. In May she appeared with Lou Reed, Macy Gray, Dr. John and Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen in a benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America at Harlem’s hallowed Apollo Theater – where Ronnie made her performing debut at age eleven, then headlined with the Ronettes in1965!

In the summer of 2012, Ronnie debuted her biographical one-woman multi–media show Beyond the Beehive in New York City to star-studded audiences and standing ovations. Following several more sold-out Gotham shows, Ronnie took Beyond the Beehive to London for its premier UK performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall on March 9, 2014. “Ronnie Spector’s Beyond The Beehive shines like a polished diamond!” declared The Independent (UK) in their five-star review. In November of 2015, Sony Music released The Very Best of Ronnie Spector, the first cross–label collection of her career. This nineteen–track CD includes hits by the Ronettes and by Ronnie as a solo artist including “So Young” (as Veronica), “Say Goodbye To Hollywood” (with the E Street Band), and “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory” (from Last of the Rock Stars).

Ronnie celebrated her 55th year in the recording industry with the release of her British Invasion inspired collection of covers English Heart, and followed it up with a performance at the venerable Glastonbury Festival that garnered a five–star review in The Telegraph (UK) in 2016. In 2017, “Be My Baby” was named by Billboard Magazine as the #1 Greatest Girl Group Song of All Time, and Spector was presented with the Legend Award by The Woman’s International Music Network at their “She Rocks Award” ceremony. Also in 2017, Ronnie released “LOVE POWER,” her first single recorded with The Ronettes in decades.

Ronnie Spector’s acceptance speech at the SHE ROCKS AWARDS – Phenomenal!

The heart, soul and passion of this famous female rock star has taken a very long journey, and we can only hope that it continues for many more years to come. The sound of Ronnie Spector, her style, and her continuing ability to reinvent herself and to be a monumental support and advocate for creative women endeavors is a tribute in its own right to this classy and extremely successful human being that she is. Ronnie Spector is greatly respected by the music community and the world as well as the Women’s International Music Network as seen in the above video. She continues to serve as an inspiration, a hero, and role model for many generations.

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IT’S OFFICIAL: “ROSANNE” CANCELLED – TRUMP & KIM BACK ON

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Anthony Joseph
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The announcement came after the president hosted North Korea’s No. 2 in the Oval Office on Friday.

President Donald Trump held an extraordinary Oval Office meeting with Kim Jong Un’s deputy on Friday, after which he snapped a chummy photo with the North Korean official and announced that the historic summit with Kim is back on.

“We‘ll be meeting on June 12 in Singapore,“ Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House after escorting Kim Yong Chol, Kim Jong Un‘s second in command, into a vehicle.

However, Trump tempered expectations for what the meeting in Singapore will yield, saying nothing would be signed during the summit and that it would simply be the beginning of a process toward denuclearizing North Korea.

“It‘s a process. … We’re not going to go in and sign something on June 12 and we never will,“ the president said. “We‘re going to start a process.“

The meeting was the latest dramatic twist in the lead-up to the summit, which holds the potential for a legacy-affirming foreign policy victory for Trump. The president has appeared tempted by the idea that a deal to denuclearize North Korea could earn him a Nobel Peace Prize, but critics have warned that Trump should be highly skeptical of the North Koreans’ intentions and not quickly provide sanctions relief.

Trump delivered his comments after a nearly 80-minute meeting with Kim Yong Chol, a former top spy for North Korea, during which the official delivered a personal letter from the dictator to Trump. Noting the longer-than-anticipated conversations, Trump remarked, “This was literally going to be the delivery of a letter and ended up being a two-hour conversation with the second most powerful man in North Korea.“

It was not immediately clear whether Trump had read the personal note from the North Korean leader. Initially asked for his reaction to the letter, Trump told reporters it “was a very nice“ and a “very interesting letter,“ appearing to indicate he was privy to its contents. But Trump later said he intentionally did not open it. “I haven’t seen the letter yet,“ the president said. “I purposely didn‘t open the letter. I haven‘t opened it.“
The remarks came just over a week after Trump called off the meeting, citing “open hostility“ displayed by Kim Jong Un’s government after North Korean officials threatened to strike the U.S. with its nuclear arsenal.

Despite making a show of pulling out of the summit, Trump and top U.S. officials continued to work toward planning the event and teased the possibility that it might take place as previously scheduled. Trump said as recently as Thursday that “hopefully we’ll have a meeting on the 12th.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was a central part of the Oval Office meeting on Friday, which also included chief of staff John Kelly. National security adviser John Bolton, who is deeply skeptical of North Korean diplomatic efforts, was not seen entering or exiting the meeting and was not among those listed as an attendee in a press pool report.

Pompeo had already held meetings in New York with Kim Yong Chol and other North Korean officials earlier in the week to discuss plans for the summit. But the top U.S. diplomat failed to secure a definitive commitment from North Korea to revive plans for the summit, prompting skepticism over whether it would truly take place.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was among those to urge caution in dealing with North Korea, advising the president to keep in mind that with such high-profile negotiations, the devil is in the details.

“I think for these situations to work, you have to not want the deal too much,“ McConnell said at a political event in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday morning, prior to Trump’s announcement. “If you fall in love with the deal, and it‘s too important for you to get it, and the details become less significant, you could get snookered.“

Both Trump and Kim Jong Un hold significant stakes in the negotiations, with the U.S. leader poised to clinch perhaps his greatest diplomatic feat yet if he is able to persuade North Korea to denuclearize. His efforts in kicking off peace talks between the U.S. and North Korea, his allies have argued, have already catapulted him into contention for the Nobel Peace Prize, which Barack Obama won early in his own presidency.

But McConnell joined his Democratic counterparts in downplaying the Nobel speculation, calling it “premature“ to discuss Trump‘s chances at clinching the coveted prize, according to The Associated Press.

Democratic leaders have cast doubt on North Korea‘s intentions in engaging in talks, suggesting Trump is losing ground at the negotiation table. After Trump abruptly canceled the Singapore summit last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) remarked that Kim Jong Un “must be having a giggle fit“ in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, upon hearing he got Trump to take a step back from discussions.

“I think it‘s a good thing for Kim Jong Un,“ she said at a news conference. “Here you have a thug, a person who killed his own family members, a person who has — runs a police state, being legitimized by the president of the United States.“

She added: “They were on a par with each other. He got global recognition and regard. He‘s the big winner.“

After posing for photos with the No. 2 North Korean official, Trump told reporters outside the White House that the leaders discussed sanctions and other matters, as well as planning for the summit. He said they did not discuss human rights.

“I think it‘s going to be a very great success,“ Trump said. “But we‘ll see what happens. We‘ll see you on June 12.“

He also offered a muddled answer when asked whether the U.S. would continue maximum pressure on North Korea in the run-up to the summit.

“It’s going to remain what it is now,” the president said. “I don‘t even want to use the term maximum pressure anymore because I don‘t want to use that term. Because, we‘re getting along. You see the relationship. We‘re getting along. So it‘s not a question of maximum pressure.“

It was the first time a top North Korean official met with a sitting U.S. president in the White House in 18 years, the latest sign of warming relationships between the two countries after a major stumble in discussions the week before.

The face-to-face with North Korea‘s second in command earned nearly wall-to-wall coverage for its duration on the major cable news networks, lending an air of legitimacy to the North Korean leadership. The Kim government gained an additional boost from the president‘s own remarks, in which he praised the North Koreans as “incredible people“ and hailed their efforts in striving to strike a deal with the U.S.

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AIR-TV FREE LOCAL CHANNELS AT HOME Or On The GO

New AirTV Connects to the Over-the-Air (OTA) Antenna To Deliver

Wireless FREE Local Channels to Your TVs, Tablets, Phones and Other Devices – Works in and out of home

By Joseph Anthony

Contributing Editor

Event City Premier Magazine

AirTV, a brand dedicated to meeting the growing consumer demand for over-the-air (OTA) broadcast products and services, has launched a new solution that brings together the value of free local broadcast television with the power of live internet streaming. The new AirTV solution, when connected to an OTA antenna and a home Wi-Fi network, wirelessly streams free local channels to internet-connected TVs and mobile devices, in and out of the home.

With AirTV, free local channels, like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and PBS, are available for viewing via the Sling TV or AirTV app on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and iOS and Android phones and tablets. Local channel availability depends on the OTA signal availability at the user’s home location. In many major markets, customers can receive 50 or more local channels for free.

"Our new AirTV solution solves two problems: first, it blends free local channels with OTT television, something customers have demanded since the advent of streaming," said Mitch Weinraub, director of product development for AirTV. "And, because it’s a Wi-Fi-enabled device, you can power your entire home with one OTA antenna, simplifying the installation process."

AirTV’s configuration eliminates common pain points associated with OTA antennas, like wiring multiple rooms with individual antennas, and it allows for optimal antenna placement, regardless of the TV’s location. AirTV connects to a digital antenna and a wireless or wired network, providing two live streams of digitally transmitted OTA content simultaneously. Up to two streams are available inside the home; one of these streams can be viewed while outside of the home.

"Customers can mount their antenna connected to AirTV wherever the signal is strongest, whether it’s tucked away in an attic or hidden behind the living room TV," said Weinraub. "AirTV wirelessly streams to AirTV-enabled devices visible to a home Wi-Fi network, so there’s no longer a need to run cables across the home to get OTA signals."

Existing Sling TV users can integrate AirTV directly into their accounts. Customers can also set up a free Sling TV account to access their local channels via AirTV, or create a free account with the stand-alone AirTV app.

AirTV is available at AirTV.net/products/airtv/, on Amazon and at regional retailers like Microcenter for $119.99 with a one-year warranty. OTA antennas can be purchased separately at https://www.airtv.net/antenna-installation/ or at a local retailer. To identify local channels in your area, visit https://www.airtv.net/local-channels/.

How to set up AirTV
AirTV setup is easy and typically takes only a few minutes.

  1. Connect the included power cable to AirTV.
  2. Connect AirTV to an OTA antenna using a coaxial cable (may be sold separately from the antenna).
  3. Download and sign in to the free Sling TV or AirTV app on a iOS or Android mobile device.
  4. Connect AirTV to a home Wi-Fi network by following the onscreen instructions using the Sling TV or AirTV mobile app. (Alternatively, users can choose to connect AirTV via Ethernet cable.)
  1. In the Sling TV app, instructions are found under Settings > Over-the-Air Channels.
  2. In the AirTV app, instructions populate automatically.

To watch local channels on another compatible device, including streaming players, sign in to the Sling TV or AirTV app on that device. For more details on setting up AirTV, visit the Start Guide.

AirTV Tech Specs

  • Connectivity: Internal Wi-Fi 802.11n 2×2 dual-band
  • OTA Tuners: 2 ATSC 8VSB
  • CPU: ViXs XC5116
  • Ports: USB 2.0 Port, Ethernet Port
  • Dimensions: 180 mm (W) x 110 mm (H) x 45mm (D)

About AirTV
AirTV L.L.C. provides products and services to simplify the modern over-the-air (OTA) entertainment experience. AirTV is home to the AirTV Player, an Android TV-based streaming device that combines leading streaming services like Sling TV, Netflix and YouTube with local OTA channels, and AirTV, a Wi-Fi-enabled device that streams local channels to iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV devices. AirTV also deploys a professional nationwide installation team that helps consumers connect high-definition TV OTA antennas in the home via AirTV Pro Install. Visit www.AirTV.net.

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Our team from the historic California experience had a chance to visit Columbia California yesterday and there is one word that describes the location, the people, and all they have to offer –

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ATT Park Hosts an Event & Meeting Industry International Networking Event in San Francisco

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By Nolan Apostle
Producer, Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

Members from the Meeting, Special Events, Tradeshow, Travel and Hospitality industries will convene at the Global Meetings Industry show at AT&T Park this Thursday April 12, 2018. A collection of leaders and industry partners from across these industries will come together to support the third annual Global Meetings Industry Day. These networking type of events will be held globally to help enhance these industries through an opportunity to meet with local industry leaders who support all aspects of these industries and to demonstrate the measurable impact that meetings have on businesses, economies, and communities. There are 10 different allied associations focusing

This is truly a one of a kind event and will be covered by the Event City Premier Magazine. Previous events held at the beautiful AT&T Giant’s Stadium location have proved to be a perfect setting for this grand event. If you are interested in attending contact MPI Website, PCMA or AT&T Park. The event organizers promise this to be a truly unforgettable event where 10 Bay Area Industry Associations (see below logos) will network and advocate for the Meetings & Events Industry. You will not want to miss this opportunity be a part of an event that will showcase the undeniable value that business meetings, trade shows, incentive travel, exhibitions, conferences and conventions bring to people, businesses and communities.

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It is being organized by the PCMA, the Professional Convention Managers Association, Elisa Sandoval is overseeing the project.

Recent Harvests and Massive Fires in California Wine Country Wants World to Know Still Open for Business

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Nolan Apostle
Producer & Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

The Northern California Wine Country harvest is complete and the threat from wildfires has subsided, these Northern California communities now face the daunting task of healing and rebuilding. This article is about YOU coming to the Wine country in California to help bring it back. This obviously was an enormous disaster to say the least and it will take a very long time not just to heal, but to rebuild all of the communities destroyed by these fires. We bow our heads to say a short prayer, to offer positive thoughts to those who lost their lives, to their families and friends. We ask ourselves, how can we help everyone affected by this disaster, practically speaking, with such a discouraging task? By visiting the wineries, staying in the Hotels and exploring the area just like you would any other time, but now they need you more than ever!

Tourism is the area’s lifeblood. Many residents and businesses, even those not directly impacted by the fires, lost weeks of work and income as fires forced evacuations and road closures. Many will not have their jobs back for months or longer. Some have lost their jobs and need to find new work because their businesses are gone. The more people who will visit the area will play a role in building these communities back and help get them on the road to recovery.

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The people at Visit Napa Valley are so passionate about helping the area rebuild they have plastered their website with some great photos urging you to explore the Wine Country – the restaurants, the wineries, the hotels, all the various events, letting everyone know that the entire area is “Open for Business.” They are also very passionate about thanking those that helped during this crisis as you can see above.

“We are incredibly grateful for the work of first responders who fought to save these communities, and we are relieved that firefighters have gained the upper hand,” said Visit California President & CEO Caroline Beteta. “Now we need to do our part to help the recovery.”

“We can all help: Now is the time to visit the Wine Country,” Beteta said. “If you’re already planning a trip, don’t cancel — Wine Country residents need your business now more than ever.”

Consider a trip this fall, when the weather is beautiful, vines show autumn colors and there’s plenty to see, taste and experience.

“We’re open for business,” said Clay Gregory, president & CEO of Visit Napa Valley. “Now is the perfect time to experience the #NapaValleySpirit for yourself.”

“We need people to visit,” said Tim Zahner, interim CEO of Sonoma County Tourism. “We are open and ready to welcome guests. We are #SonomaStrong.”


The region has more than 1,200 wineries, and fewer than 10 were heavily damaged. Most tasting rooms have reopened. And vintners expect the 2017 vintage to be excellent — 90 percent of this year’s grapes were harvested before the fires struck.

In addition to buying California wine and visiting Wine Country, there are many ways to help Wine Country communities recover. For the latest travel and fundraising information please visit the following locations:
www.visitcalifornia.com
www.visitnapavalley.com
www.sonomacounty.com

“We are doing everything we can to tell the world it’s time to visit #CaliforniaWineCountryNOW,” Beteta said.

 

 

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TOM PETTY PASSES AWAY AS THE FAMILY PULLS LIFE SUPPORT MINUTES AGO

Nolan Apostle
Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

BREAKING NEWS! Unfortunately with heavy heart, just a few minutes ago the news came in, about 9pm PST, that Tom Petty passed away!!

Watch for a future reports and stories about Tom Petty and his illustrious career!

Rest in Peace our Prince of Rock’n’Roll!!

Such a horrible day today, Monday October 2nd, 2017. First the Las Vegas tragedy where over 50 people died in the worst massacre in US History. Then then Tom Petty was found by his wife Dana York unconscious in their home. He had a massive heart attack. Even though reports came in from media all over the world, many of them “major media outlets” that Tom Petty died, he wasn’t dead yet, he was on life support and still alive. Confusing, but so very sad for many of us. The journalist in me wants him to live far beyond his current 66 years, but understanding that his brain had lost oxygen for a while, much more than the 4-6 minutes that the medical professionals tell us we have to survive the outlook for Tom didn’t look good.

As a professional photographer in the Music and Entertainment industry, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was the first Musician/Band I photographed during my career as a Professional Photographer (you know, when you get a gig where you actually get paid). That was an experience that I will never forget and will live in my heart forever. The Tom Petty that we all got to know through his magnificent music and songwriting expertise will live on forever. Do you have a Tom Petty Story you’d like to share? Please share it with us at on our Facebook Group Site.

Word came in a short while ago, around 9pm, that Tom passed away. The official announcement was read by this career long manager and very close friend, Tony Dimitriades, “On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”

I first met Tom Petty in Palo Alto on June 3, 1978, at the Stanford Memorial Auditorium. I was told to come to the backstage entrance of the venue. While walking towards the back of the building who comes walking around the corner, Tom Petty and his guitarist Mike Campbell (one of the best guitarist in Rock’n’Roll), and they were indulging in a nice doobie! I introduced myself as the photographer and said I was here to see Tony D (his manager). He pointed to the door and then offered me a hit. I responded – “I’m a lightweight, and if you want good photos from this show you don’t want me to have any of that.” We all laughed, I went in, met his manager, photographed the show and was amazed even as a young teenager how their music was so timely and timeless. I thought to myself, even when I become an old guy I’m gonna love the music of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers!! Here I am an old guy, and God do I love TP & his Heartbreakers. My heart breaks for him, his wife Dana, his family, of course his band (which was still almost the same lineup since his first album released in Nov 1976), manager Tony Dimitriades (probably the longest running band manager in the history of Rock’n’Roll – 40 years), and of course all of his fans!

One of my favorite all time photos came from that show. First time I ever used my Star Lens filter (these were big in the 80’s). Tom was somewhat of a mentor in the few conversations we had, he was philosophical, funny, courageous, humble and one of the nicest people I ever met, from any walk of life. His career as a band leader grew to more of a Father figure than anything, and watched over his “family” intently. The lasting togetherness of his bandmates, his manager and his life overall stemmed from that positive family attitude he had with all of those important to him in his life.

I don’t have a lot of those “Music Biz” Tom Petty stories, but the few I do, are precious and always showed me the gentle man he was, and how he is now busy elsewhere creating music at the big concert in the sky, knowing we will remember him forever more as our Prince of Rock’n’Roll. Rest in Peace Tom, our hearts are broken, and you’ll be missed, but always remembered as one of the greatest Musicians, Songwriters and Rock’n’Roll performers of all time!! (Other photos include Mike Campbell and original drummer Stan Lynch)