SPECIAL LIVE EVENT CELEBRATING TOM PETTY’S ICONIC MUSIC VIDEOS STREAMING TONIGHT
FEATURING WORLD PREMIERE OF “SOMETHING COULD HAPPEN” VIDEO; DIRECTED BY WARREN FU AND STARRING LAUREN COHAN (“THE WALKING DEAD”)
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08 DECEMBER 2020 (TORONTO, ON) —Tonight, David Fricke will host a very special one-hour livestream event in honor of Tom Petty’s iconic music videos throughout his career. Tune in at 7PM ET on the Tom Petty YouTube channel. The event will be simulcast on SiriusXM’s Tom Petty Radio.
The event will bring together notable artists and directors who have collaborated with Tom including director Julien Temple (“Free Fallin’,” “Into the Great Wide Open,” “Yer So Bad,” “Learning To Fly”), director Jeff Stein (“Don’t Come Around Here No More”), filmmaker/producer Anne-Marie Mackay, and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics (who co-wrote/producer “Don’t Come Around Here No More” and is featured in the video). In addition, never before seen behind-the-scenes footage of the 1994 “You Don’t Know How It Feels” video will debut with on set commentary from director Phil Joanou and Tom himself.
The livestream event will culminate in the world premiere of the brand-new video for “Something Could Happen” and a discussion with the video’s acclaimed director Warren Fu and lead actor Lauren Cohan (of “The Walking Dead” fame). Watch the video HERE following the event.
Of the video, Fu explains, “It is an honor to create visuals for this previously unreleased gem. The fact that it was one of Tom’s favorite songs from All The Rest makes it even more special. In looking back on Tom’s old music videos, it was obvious that he had a lot of fun with them and was not afraid to get a bit weird. I wanted to create another modern fairytale in the spirit of Tom’s music video for ‘Into The Great Wide Open.’ Every fairytale has some sort of theme or message. In our story, we have a character that is an incarnation of memories reassembled into a living creature, trying to make its way back home. I think the message I was trying to convey is that all our experiences, the good the bad, the beautiful and the painful make us who we are, and we should embrace them.
Tom never compromised his artistic integrity and always stayed true to who he was, so I feel like our message in this video is in line with his spirit. Hints of his presence are also felt throughout the video in easter eggs: The skywriting heart from ‘Free Fallin’,’ a crown for ‘It’s Good To Be King,’ a dog collar with an ‘R’ in a nod to Tom’s dog Ryder, the slow dance dip from ‘Mary Jane’s Last Dance,’ the Alice and the Mad Hatter hat from ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More,’ and the storybook motif from ‘Into The Great Wide Open.’ When Tom’s fans watch this video, I hope they feel the same way I felt hearing the song for the first time: Something new, yet something nostalgic and familiar.”
“Something Could Happen” is a previously unreleased track from the long-awaited second half of Wildflowers, a collection Tom named All The Rest. Wildflowers & All The Rest debuted in October at #5 on the Billboard 200, #1 Top Rock Albums and continues to receive widespread critical acclaim:
“It’s the definitive artistic statement that newly illuminates one of the most fruitful, inspired periods of the American legend’s career.” - Rolling Stone
“…the augmented Wildflowers is the best and most justified boxed set of this kind since the Beatles’ White Album compendium.” - Variety
“One of the geeky joys of Wildflowers and All the Rest is observing Petty at the absolute peak of his songwriting powers, making small, intelligent tweaks to these songs in progress.” - The New York Times
“There is comfort in knowing you can turn to Wildflowers. And now, you can live in it.” - Pitchfork
“Spread over five discs in its most expansive form, this collection offers the fullest glimpse yet into the process and brilliance of one of America’s greatest songwriters working at the very apex of his powers.” - The Ringer
“It’s a triumph we only hope Petty enjoys from behind the shimmery screen.” - Esquire
Most recently, as a tribute to Tom, Sheryl Crow performed the hit Wildflowers tune “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Watch BELOW.
Source Universal Music Canada
December 8, 2020 4:55pm ET by Pressparty