For this Bootleg Saturday I have decided to share a favorite concert of mine. Tom Petty in Houston circa 1979. This is before they were huge in any sense of the word. They had just returned from touring with Nils Lofgren & a benefit at Madison Square Garden.
Their first album, simply titled Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, gained minute popularity amongst American audiences, achieving more success in Britain. The single “Breakdown” was re-released in 1977 and peaked at #40 in early 1978 after the band toured in the United Kingdom in support of Nils Lofgren. The debut album was released by Shelter Records, which at that time was distributed by ABC Records.
Their second album, You’re Gonna Get It!, marked the band’s first Top 40 album and featured the singles “I Need to Know” and “Listen To Her Heart”. Their third album, Damn the Torpedoes, quickly went platinum, selling nearly two million copies; it includes their breakthrough singles “Don’t Do Me Like That”, “Here Comes My Girl” and “Refugee.”
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS HOUSTON – 1979