Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

From the Archives: 1980 homecoming for Tom Petty

From the Archives: 1980 homecoming for Tom Petty

Tom Petty died on Oct. 2, 2017. Here’s a previous From the Archives post covering his 1980 concert at the Inglewood Forum.

In a Jan. 22, 1980, Los Angeles Times column, Robert Hilburn wrote:

Some nights rock 'n' roll is mostly rebellion. Other nights it's chiefly aggression. With Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Sunday at the Inglewood Forum, it was almost all celebration.

From the enthusiasm in the arena, you'd have thought that the Rams had won the Super Bowl. Petty's a vital enough figure in rock to deserve the cheers wherever he plays, but the Forum show was special.

Petty, who was born in Florida but who has lived here since the early...

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