I first saw Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers in concert
at The Forum in Inglewood on June 30, 1981 and
then again at at Irvine Meadows on September 19, 1981…
and at The US Festival on September 4, 1982.
I would continue to see this band on subsequent tours and performances at
The Universal Amphitheater, The Hollywood Bowl, at Las Vegas’s Joint
and at The San Diego Sports Arena.
Two examples of Tom Petty’s signature on these issues of Rolling Stone magazine.
Three personally signed pages from the 1985 FARM AID program book.
One of the first times I obtained Tom’s autograph was backstage at the Universal Amphitheatre on June 8, 1987 (before all the mall shops, restaurants and redesigned stores).
I also obtained his autograph at Rockline Studios both on June 26, 1989 and again on September 4, 1991. Then again on August 13, 1991 in West Hollywood (at Tower Records). Tom signed at the San Diego Sports Areana on November 21, 1991 and August 13, 1999 at the Irvine Meadows pre-concert “meet and greet”. He signed yet again for me at The Museum of Television and Radio in Beverly Hills on May 12, 2001.
The final times I would ever obtain an autograph from Tom was in Las Vegas as he entered The Hard Rock Cafe “The Joint” on August 16, 2005, and lastly at The Hollywood Bowl on June 25, 2008.
To best of my knowledge these are all the times I was able to obtain Tom’s signature.
Tom Petty “FULL MOON FEVER” CD cover signed
on September 4, 1991 at the Rockline Studios.
Tom Petty “Hard Promises” CD and cover
signed on June 26, 1989, at the Rockline Studios.
This I believe is the very first autograph I obtained by Tom Petty.
Though it may just be a signed CD cover, it means a lot to me.
Tom Petty personally signed “Wildflowers” guitar song book.
Autographed by Tom at The Museum of Television and Radio
in Beverly Hills on May 12, 2001.
Tom was part of an All-Star DJ panel discussing
the current state of FM Radio.
Signed “ECHO” Tour book program.
I always seemed to ask Tom to personalize his signature.
Signed by The Heartbreakers longtime keyboardist, Benmont Tench
at Club Largo in Los Angeles April 28, 2018.
ONE OF MY FAVORITE SIGNED ITEMS AND ENCOUNTERS OF TOM PETTY
Its hard to see, but if you look real carefully at this poster (click on it to enlarge), you will see that with the exception of the top right quarter of the poster, there is a plastic film over the rest of the poster. I left the plastic on to preserve the integrity of the poster however leaving a portion large enough for Tom to sign. Instead, though I even pointed to Tom where to sign, he signed on the plastic covering of the top left quarter (full signature).
I then pointed that out to him that he signed over the plastic to which he then added his initials to the top right portion that actually is then signed on the poster. My framer told me to “do nothing”, as to let him frame it fully as is, and forever tell the back story as to both signatures upon the entire poster.
***MY AUTOGRAPHED TOM PETTY and the HEARTBREAKERS ALBUMS***
TOM PETTY was one of the most generous, enjoyable, funny, and kindest of all celebrities to want to sign autographs for fans. He never once did not sign for me, in all the various years and places I approached him. His death, is a huge loss to Rock and Roll.
Thank You Tom for so much amazing music. Rest In Eternal Peace.