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Fact #169790


Short story:

Bob Dylan is interviewed by Bob Brown of ABC tv show 20/20, in Malibu, California, USA, then goes into rehearsals with Tom Petty at Universal Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Full article:

Tom Petty : We (The Heartbreakers) were a little disorganised. It was weird, because we took time off from the road, which we had never really done. I don't think it was that good for us, because we weren't playing regularly. So when Bob came along, it invigorated us. He made us gel as a band. I don't think he intentionally meant to. And it was an eye-opener for me, because I got to step back into the band.

I wasn't the leader of the whole band. I was kind of musical director. But watching how he ran his show was a learning experience.

A lot of people say he just throws his songs to the wind. I didn't get that feeling. A song might come up that we hadn't rehearsed. But he had confidence in us that we would catch on quick. That was so liberating: "Wow, we just played something we'd never even practiced. That's in the show now." We started to try that when we went back to our shows. And Bob used to do these great things with Benmont, where he'd say, "OK, it's just piano on this one," and he'd go into a Hoagy Carmichael song. And Ben would know it. Ben knew how to play with him.
(Source : Interview with David Fricke, Rolling Stone, November 2009)