StevieNicksOfficial has confirmed that Stevie Nicks will be joining Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers at British Summer Time Hyde Park on Sunday, July 9, 2017. It will be Petty’s only European performance next year. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 16.
Stevie Nicks will be among many performers honoring Tom Petty at the upcoming 2017 MusiCare Person of the Year gala. The star-studded event will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, on February 10, 2017 — two days before the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards®.
Stevie and Tom have been close friends for nearly 40 years, collaborating often in the studio and on tour. Stevie’s hit duet “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” with Tom remains her highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching No. 3 in the summer of 1981. The pair also reached No. 37 on the same chart in the fall of 1985 with their cover of Jackie DeShannon’s 1963 song “Needles and Pins” (which appears on Petty’s Pack Up the Plantation: Live! album).
The full press release describing the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year gala event appears below.
2017 MusiCares Person of the Year: Tom Petty
THREE-TIME GRAMMY WINNER TOM PETTY TO BE HONORED AS 2017 MUSICARES® PERSON OF THE YEAR AT 27TH ANNUAL TRIBUTE
Annual Gala Benefiting the MusiCares Foundation® and its Vital Safety Net of Health and Human Services Programs for Music People will be held During GRAMMY® Week on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016) — Tom Petty will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares® Person of the Year on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, it was announced today by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation® and The Recording Academy®, and Alexandra Patsavas, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board. Proceeds from the 27th annual benefit gala dinner and concert—to be held in Los Angeles during GRAMMY® Week two nights prior to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards®—will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.
A three-time GRAMMY winner, Petty is being honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of his significant creative accomplishments, his career-long interest in defending artists’ rights, and the charitable work he has undertaken throughout his career, which has notably focused on the homeless population in Los Angeles. Widely recognized by a younger generation of musicians as an example of what an engaged artist can accomplish in his field and beyond, Petty has come to represent the lasting possibilities of rock and roll.
“Tom burst into our musical consciousness and never let go,” said Portnow. “His brand of rock and roll benefits from a celebratory rebelliousness, infectious rhythms, and unforgettable lyrics that are incised in our imaginations. His artistic talents coupled with his quiet philanthropy make him a great MusiCares Person of the Year honoree, and we are very fortunate to have the support of our Board, past honorees, and the musical community around this special event.”
“I am so very pleased to be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year. I have so much respect for this organization, which really does care about the people in our industry,” said Petty. “I myself know many people who MusiCares has aided in desperate situations. Again, let me say this is a true honor.”
Petty formed his first bands in Gainesville, Fla. As a college town in the ’60s, Gainesville brought with it fraternity parties, rock and roll clubs, AM radios playing the Beatles and James Brown, and a music store where you could buy equipment on credit. Forty years after releasing his first album, Petty is widely recognized as a man for whom those things Gainesville offered still matter the most. In each of his five decades as a recording artist, Petty has charted albums in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. His most recent recording with the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye, entered at No. 1.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Petty is an artist whose approach to record making and the business itself has earned the respect of his peers, his predecessors, and the young musicians who regularly hold him as an exemplar. His collaborators have included Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jimmy Iovine, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Rick Rubin, and Del Shannon, among others. And while his solo recordings, including 1989’s Full Moon Fever and 1994’s Wildflowers, are frequently ranked among the most important of their respective eras, Petty has always returned to the job he’s favored: fronting one of rock and roll’s most celebrated bands and bringing them enough songs for the next album.
Repeatedly confronting the inequities of the artist’s side of the industry, Petty has assumed a special place as a musician looking out for other musicians, and an artist who approaches every recording project as if it might be his best.
“Tom Petty is an icon whose incomparable artistry has provided inspiration to fans and musicians all over the world,” said Patsavas. “To honor him with this tribute is so fitting, and we certainly look forward to an exciting and extraordinary evening.”
The 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences, and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will be followed by a dinner, the award presentation and a tribute concert featuring renowned musicians. This year, for the first time, a limited number of VIP experience tables will be available for $75,000 that include: 10 seats, artist soundcheck, red carpet access, backstage access with a meet–and-greet, access to the pre-show auction, and a special VIP lounge. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. The celebration culminates with the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The MusiCares Foundation offers programs and services to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist, and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with health care professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings. The MusiCares MAP Fund® allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares offers Safe Harbor Room® support, sponsored in part by the Bohemian Foundation and RBC Capital Markets, to provide a network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events. MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who can take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.
Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, please “like” MusiCares on Facebook, follow @MusiCares on Twitter and Instagram.
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For information on purchasing tables and tickets to the event, please contact Dana Tomarken at MusiCares, 310.392.3777.
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Country singer shares stories and exclusive photos from his recording session with the Fleetwood Mac legend
Charles Kelley has always been a huge Tom Petty fan and holds a special love for the 1985 song “Southern Accents,” part of an album of the same name. He says he thought the homesick ballad would make a great country song and had long wanted to cut it with his band, Lady Antebellum, but they never got the chance.
In an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone Country, though, the expressive singer and native son of the South explains how an opportunity finally presented itself with his first solo project, The Driver. . . but it turned out much different than expected.
“Growing up in Georgia, it reminded me a lot of my dad,” Kelley says. “He’s a very spiritual person and the way he works, the way he prays, it’s definitely that old-school Southern thing. So I always thought it would be a cool little homage to him.”
Kelley recorded a demo version of the song in straightforward fashion and was happy with the result, but then fate intervened in the form rock legend Stevie Nicks. The Fleetwood Mac singer had become friends with Kelley and his Lady A bandmates through their CMT Crossroads collaboration and the song “Golden” — a Lady A track that spoke to Nicks so much she asked to re-record it with the trio — and during a trip to Nashville, Nicks heard Kelley was working on a solo album. After hearing the early cut of “Southern Accents” she felt inspired once again to join in, and although Kelley didn’t envision his version of the song as a duet, you don’t turn down Stevie Nicks.
The pair wound up at the Village Studios in Los Angeles, and their remarkable session was captured on film for a new video and intimate photo series. Coincidentally, they recorded Kelley’s “Southern Accents” redo in the very same room where Petty cut his original version.
“It was pretty spooky,” Kelley says. “It was one of those moments where it’s like, ‘Alright, we’ve gotta do this thing right and do him proud.'”
Nicks had also done some work at the Village (including the double album, Tusk in the midst of Fleetwood Mac’s decadent heyday) and during a session that lasted from 7:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m., Kelley says she only actually sang for about an hour-and-a-half — because that was all she needed. The rest of their time together was spent deep in conversation as the free-spirit regaled him with story after story of star-crossed hookups and drug-fueled all-night recording sessions.
“She was like, ‘We had all these animal tusks around and animal prints covering the studio, and this is where we would throw down the coke,'” he says with a laugh. “And as I’m drinking my Starbucks coffee, I’m thinking, ‘The times sure have changed.’ But just to hear those stories was so funny.
“She’s really sweet, and she’s a very wise person,” he continues. “She’s very mystical. Conversations always drift into spiritual, mystical worlds when she’s talking about music and how it moves you and the colors of it. It’s very much what you would think Stevie Nicks would talk about, but on the flip side, we’ll have a 30-minute conversation about how much she loves her dog and how she was watching something like The Voice and talking about Adam [Levine] and Blake [Shelton], very normal things. But man, she’s still Stevie Nicks.”
Around midnight, Kelley says Nicks found a creative spark and the song took off, with her entering as a ghostly voice in the second verse, all about a recurring dream the narrator has of his mother.
“She became very opinionated in a good way, like, ‘This is how I want it to sound,’ so it was cool to see her take some pride in it,” he says. “She was talking about picking takes and how it’s not always about the perfect note, it’s about the emotion. She has a thing and she knows what her thing is. And she does it so well.”
In the end, Kelley says the track helped pull The Driver together. After getting the final mix, he played the desolate, haunting track for his wife, Cassie, whose smile was all he needed to see.
“I was in the [Driver] project for so long and was very self-conscious about it,” he says, “so to have my wife be like, ‘This is really special,’ I was really proud.”
Chris Parton / Rolling Stone / July 14, 2016
Charles Kelley talks about meeting and working with Stevie Nicks in a new Billboard interview.
The legendary Stevie Nicks adds her touch on Kelley’s cover of Tom Petty’s “Southern Accents.” He tells Billboard that one doesn’t have to necessarily share a microphone with Nicks to be enchanted by her mere presence. “Every time I’ve ever been lucky enough to be in the same room as Stevie, it feels like a dream,” he said. “I first met her while filming the CMT Crossroads special with Lady Antebellum. She is such an open book and incredibly refreshing that you forget for a moment that you’re hanging out with your hero. She was very open to suggestions I made but she also had very strong convictions of her own as to what she thought would make for a great performance. The process was very collaborative.”
Kelley admitted the two found some common ground on the track. “We’re both giant Tom Petty fanatics so we wanted to make sure that we did the song justice. She is also a close friend of Tom’s, which I can’t say for myself. I can only hope that Tom hears our version and it brings a smile to his face.”
Lady Antebellum singer Charles Kelley’s new solo album Driver will be released on Friday, February 5. The album will feature a cover of Tom Petty’s “Southern Accents,” with backing vocals from Stevie Nicks.
Driver is available for preorder now on Amazon and iTunes.
Tom Petty’s new biography Petty: The Biography will be released on Tuesday, November 10. Here is an exclusive excerpt from the book on the recording of Petty’s 1985 hit single “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” originally intended for Stevie Nicks to record for her third solo album Rock a Little.
1985’s “Don’t Come Around Here No More” was a breakthrough smash for Petty, but it almost didn’t happen: He, co-writer/producer Dave Stewart of Eurythmics and co-producer Jimmy Iovine made it in a recording session for Stevie Nicks.
“Tom had come down, and he liked what we were working on,” explains Nicks. “I was writing madly. I had my little book, and I was just writing, writing. Tom, Jimmy, and Dave were sort of talking. But it was five in the morning, and I was really tired. So I said, ‘I’m going to go. I’m leaving you guys, and I’ll be back tomorrow.’ I left, and when I got back the next day, at something like 3 p.m., the whole song was written. And not only was it written, it was spectacular. Dave was standing there saying to me, ‘Well, it’s terrific, and now you can go out…and you can sing it.’ Tom had done a great vocal, a great vocal. I just looked at them and said, ‘I’m going to top that? Really? I got up, thanked Dave, thanked Tom, fired Jimmy and left.”
Stevie Nicks will be adding harmony vocals to the Lady Antebellum singer’s cover of Tom Petty’s ‘Southern Accents.’
On Wednesday, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley announced at a private music industry event in Nashville that he would be recording a new version of Tom Petty’s “Southern Accents” (from Petty’s 1985 album of the same name) with Stevie Nicks on harmony vocals. Kelley will head into the studio to record his first solo album after Lady Antebellum wraps up their Wheels Up Tour.
According to Billboard, Kelley said the lyrics of the song reminded him of his father, who sold Bibles to pay his way through medical school.
No release date information for Kelley’s solo album has been announced.