Tom Petty Returning To Classic Sound On New Album
The frontman says they only realized what they'd achieved after guitarist Mike Campbell observed: "You sing like you did on the first two albums." Petty tells Rolling Stone: "I knew I wanted to do a rock'n'roll record. We hadn't made a straight hard rocking record, from beginning to end, in a long time."
It's taken nearly three years to get there, but he explains: "You must get the songs. It takes time to write 10 or 11 really good songs." And it wasn't plain sailing - when he first played his track American Dream Plan B with his bandmates, the response was complete silence.
"I said, 'Listen, I think we have something here, but we're going to have to get excited about it.'" In the end that's what happened; but Petty respects his colleagues' opinions, and if they hadn't loved it, the track would have been dumped." more.
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