The long-awaited Live At The Fillmore 1997 is Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ first live, albeit archival album in 13 years. The run of shows was one of the most joyful, honest, inspirational, and prolific experiences of the band’s career, creating a unique bond between the group and their fans.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers famously played 20 nights at the legendary Fillmore venue in San Francisco in 1997. Six of the shows were professionally recorded and this release features many of the high points of the residency. The small venue allowed the band to vary their sets each night, so they included re-arranged and distinctive versions of their hits, deep cuts, and many cover versions, paying tribute to the artists that Tom and the band had been influenced by.
Before starting the 20-show run at the Fillmore, Tom Petty outlined his plans in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle: “We’re musicians and we want to play. We’ve made so many records in the past five years, I think the best thing for us to do is just go out and play and it will lead us to our next place, wherever that may be.”
The 4CD deluxe edition includes 58 tracks, 35 of which are covers – over four hours of music. The four CDs are packaged in a box with a 32-page booklet with previously unseen photographs, three custom guitar picks, a replica All Access laminate, and an embroidered patch of “The Fillmore House Band” – a term that was bestowed on the Heartbreakers during the shows at the Fillmore.
The vinyl version includes six LPs packaged in a box with a 24-page booklet with previously unseen photographs, three custom guitar picks, a replica All Access laminate, facsimiles of three set lists, a reprint of the eight page Fan Newsletter published in 1997, and “The Fillmore House Band” embroidered patch.
Between the Heartbreakers' recordings and his solo work, Tom Petty has received 18 Grammy nominations. Honored with lifetime achievement awards including Billboard's Century Award, MTV's Video Vanguard Award, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Tom Petty, with the Heartbreakers at his side, has achieved the status of legend among his fellow musicians and listeners worldwide.