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Katy Perry to Go One on One with Fans at the SiriusXM Studios as Part of the SiriusXM "Town Hall" Series

Sirius XM Radio SIRI+0.52% today announced that Katy Perry will sit down for a Q&A session with a select group of listeners for the SiriusXM “Town Hall” series on Friday, October 11.

Moderated by SiriusXM Hits 1’s The Morning Mash Up hosts Nicole Ryan, Stanley T, Rich Davis and Ryan Sampson, “SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Katy Perry” will air on Tuesday, October 15 at 12:00 pm ET on SiriusXM Hits 1 and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. For rebroadcast times, please visit http://www.siriusxm.com/townhall.

In the unique and intimate setting, fans will hear Perry answering questions about her upcoming album Prism, which is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, October 22.

“SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Katy Perry” is part of SiriusXM’s “Town Hall” series, featuring iconic entertainers and figures sitting down with studio audiences of SiriusXM listeners. Previous SiriusXM “Town Hall” specials have featured Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, Willie Nelson, Alicia Keys, KISS, Coldplay, Cher, Ringo Starr, Taylor Swift, Hugh Jackman, Usher, Roger Waters and the surviving members of Nirvana.

SiriusXM Hits 1 plays everything from pop to hip-hop to rock to R&B. Listeners will hear artists like One Direction, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and P!nk.

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Tom Petty Offers Reward For Stolen Guitars

Rocker Tom Petty is offering a reward of $7,500, “no questions asked,” for the return of five guitars that were stolen as his band rehearsed in southern California.

The prized instruments were reported stolen Thursday afternoon from a soundstage in Culver City, the Los Angeles Times reported. Petty and his band, The Heartbreakers, were rehearsing there for an upcoming tour.

One of the stolen guitars was built by German company Duesenberg Guitars specifically for Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell to commemorate the band’s 30th anniversary. Others are vintage models dating back to 1967.

The band established the email address stolenguitars@tompetty.com for the public to send in tips, with a $7,500 reward for information leading to the return of the stolen instruments.

One Petty fan wrote on Twitter there was “nothing lower in life than a thief who would steal a man’s tools to feed his family,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

No arrests have been made yet in connection with the theft. Culver City police are investigating, the Times reported.

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Released On DVD/Blu-ray On August 3, 2010

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s critically acclaimed Classic Albums series has recounted the back-stories of some of popular music’s most enduring and beloved albums. On August 3, the next installment, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers: Damn The Torpedoes, will be simultaneously released on DVD and Blu-ray [Pre-book Order Date July 9, MSRP $14.98]. The documentary will also be broadcast on VH1 Classic.
 
Unweaving the creative process behind this all-American rock ‘n’ roll gem, this 56-minute documentary presents newly filmed interviews from Heartbreakers Tom PettyMike CampbellBenmont Tench, and Ron Blair, as well as co-producer Jimmy Iovine and engineer Shelly Yakus. Completing this package is 42 minutes of bonus features not included in the upcoming VH1 Classic broadcast, as well as in-depth multi-track tape analysis, and new and archival performances.
 
It takes a concoction of memorable hooks, artistic energy, and a lasting impression to create a work worthy of the label “classic album.” Damn The Torpedoes, featuring the hits “Don’t Do Me Like That,” “Refugee,” “Here Comes My Girl,” and “Even The Losers,” still has that fresh, dynamic sound that skyrocketed it to #2 on the U.S. charts and into the hearts of audiences worldwide. 
 
Rolling Stone magazine in their review in the December 13, 1979 issue, said that Damn The Torpedoes was “the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ album we have all been waiting for.” In their September 16, 2004 issue they declared it one of “the greatest albums ever made”
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Now more than 30 years after its release and the emergence of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers as a major musical force, Damn The Torpedoes is a worthy addition to theClassic Albums library.
 
Previously delving into definitive works by Elvis Presley, The Doors, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Meat Loaf, Phil Collins, U2, Bob Marley, and most recentlyBlack SabbathClassic Albums has peeled away the layers, via comprehensive interviews, studio recreations, and vintage footage, to reveal the stories behind the music. 
 
Petty and the Heartbreakers are currently on the road touring North America. Their latest release Mojo was issued on June 15 on Reprise / WEA and debuted in Billboard magazine charts at number 2 with Rolling Stone calling it one of Petty’s best ever. For more information on Mojo and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tour, go to TomPetty.com.
 
Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company operating across audiovisual entertainment programming. Eagle Rock Entertainment works directly alongside talent to produce the highest quality programming output covering film, general entertainment and musical performance. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices based in London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hamburg and Paris. 

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Tom Petty – Petty Pays Tribute To Late Bandmate Epstein In New Song

Rocker Tom Petty wrote new song “Running Man’s Bible” during a flood of emotions about former bandmate Howie Epstein’s death.

The Heartbreakers leader has often struggled with Epstein’s 2003 drug-related death, admitting the bass player’s narcotics use had turned him in to an unpredictable bandmate – but he was still devastated after hearing of his passing.
In a past interview, Petty said, “He was just degenerating on us to the point where we thought keeping Howie in the band was actually doing him more harm than getting rid of him. His personal problems were vast and se rious.
“We tried everything we could to reach him but it got to the point wher e his ability to do gigs was diminishing. Eventually, we realised that we were just contributing to the problem. When you’re living a life where y ou really don’t have any responsibilities, it’s easy for evil forces to t ake over.
“There’s a great sadness, because Howie was never not a Heartbreaker. H e just got to where he couldn’t do it anymore… It’s like you got a tree dying in the backyard. And you’re kind of used to the idea that it’s dyi ng. But you look out there one day and they cut it down. And you just can ‘t imagine that beautiful tree isn’t there anymore.” But there’s a tribute to the bassist on Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ new album Mojo.
Petty tells Rolling Stone magazine, “I’d always wanted to deal with How ie’s death, and there’s some of that in there. It’s (Running Man’s Bible) one of those embarrassingly revealing songs. It just crept into my mind one day. I was playing the guitar, and it started falling out.” (KL/RS/MT

Tom Petty – Petty Pays Tribute To Late Bandmate Epstein In New Song

Rocker Tom Petty wrote new song “Running Man’s Bible” during a flood of emotions about former bandmate HOWIE EPSTEIN’s death.

The Heartbreakers leader has often struggled with Epstein’s 2003 drug-r elated death, admitting the bass player’s narcotics use had turned him in to an unpredictable bandmate – but he was still devastated after hearing of his passing.
In a past interview, Petty said, “He was just degenerating on us to the point where we thought keeping Howie in the band was actually doing him more harm than getting rid of him. His personal problems were vast and se rious.
“We tried everything we could to reach him but it got to the point wher e his ability to do gigs was diminishing. Eventually, we realised that we were just contributing to the problem. When you’re living a life where y ou really don’t have any responsibilities, it’s easy for evil forces to t ake over.
“There’s a great sadness, because Howie was never not a Heartbreaker. H e just got to where he couldn’t do it anymore… It’s like you got a tree dying in the backyard. And you’re kind of used to the idea that it’s dyi ng. But you look out there one day and they cut it down. And you just can ‘t imagine that beautiful tree isn’t there anymore.” But there’s a tribute to the bassist on Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ new album Mojo.
Petty tells Rolling Stone magazine, “I’d always wanted to deal with How ie’s death, and there’s some of that in there. It’s (Running Man’s Bible) one of those embarrassingly revealing songs. It just crept into my mind one day. I was playing the guitar, and it started falling out.”