With more than 39 years in rock ‘n’ roll and 16 albums under his belt, Tom Petty has been responsible for some of the great American rock classics – Free Fallin’, I Won’t Back Down, Runnin’ Down A Dream, You Don’t Know How It Feels, American Girl, Refugee, Don’t Do Me Like That, Breakdown, Mary Jane’s Last Dance and The Waiting, just to name a few.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Grammy awards, the keys to his hometown and his name in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now the Heartbreakers ringleader and Traveling Wilbury can add “radio boss” to his resume.
The rock legend will launch his own SiriusXM channel, Tom Petty Radio, on Nov. 20. The new, exclusive channel will be curated by Petty and will feature music from his legendary career. Included on Tom Petty Radio will be music from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Petty’s solo career, the Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch. The channel will also feature unreleased studio and live recordings, exclusive to SiriusXM, as well as unique cover versions of Petty’s songs and rare live performances from Petty’s personal vaults. This includes the worldwide radio debut of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ Aug. 30, 2014 concert at Fenway Park in Boston, which will premiere on Palladia’s 24-hour Tom Petty Thanksgiving Takeover on Nov. 26 before being broadcast exclusively on Tom Petty Radio (see below for airtimes)!
The Tom Petty Radio channel will also regularly feature archival and new episodes of Petty’s critically-acclaimed weekly SiriusXM show, Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure, now in its ninth season. The show features Petty pulling together sets of rare, vintage and classic tracks from his private vaults, and sharing his passionate and informed commentary on the best in rock, rhythm and blues.
The new channel will host the world premiere of new music recorded by Petty, as well as interview segments with him conducted by acclaimed journalist and SiriusXM host, David Fricke. Tom Petty Radio will also feature special guest DJ sessions hosted by members of Petty’s band The Heartbreakers — Steve Ferrone and Benmont Tench — as well as The Byrds’ founding member Roger McGuinn, among others.
Petty himself will be the first DJ on the channel — a two-hour special will air on Friday, Nov. 20 at 6 pm ET, when the channel launches, and will feature Petty playing music from his entire career along with his commentary about the songs and the world premiere of a new song.
The channel logo was designed by Shepard Fairey, the creator of clothing brand Obey and designer of the 2008 Barack Obama “Hope” poster as well as the album cover for Petty’s The Live Anthology (released in 2009).
Speaking of his connection to Petty, Fairey said: “I’ve been a fan of Tom Petty’s music since I first heard Refugee. His unique vocals and guitar, sounded like nothing else on the radio. I was instantly drawn to his blend of melody and soulful grit. I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with Tom on a few projects, and I’m excited that list includes the logo for his new SiriusXM channel, Tom Petty Radio. Congratulations Tom!”
Tom Petty Radio will debut on Friday, Nov. 20 at 6 pm ET on SiriusXM Channel 31 and through the SiriusXM App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as at siriusxm.com/streaming.
The worldwide radio debut of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ August 30, 2014 concert at Fenway Park in Boston will air Saturday, Nov. 28 at 9 am, 3 pm & 8 pm ET; Sunday, Nov. 29 at 1 am, 7 am, 1 pm, and 6 pm ET; and Monday Nov. 30 at 12 pm (midnight) ET.
Shows featured on Petty’s channel will also be available via SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening online and via smartphones and other connected devices. Please visit siriusxm.com/tompettyradio for more information.
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