8th - 14th January 2018 Jameson's Diary No.
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by the Landlord Kim Fletcher. Last
Updated 18th January 2018
Happy Times in Jameson's.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.
Pack Up The Plantation.
Tom Petty was born in 1950 and was first attracted to Rock n' Roll by Elvis Presley, but the knock out blow was seeing The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. That was it, from this point onwards it was Bands and Rock n' Roll.
In 1967 at the age of 17 Tom Petty dropped out of High School and started playing in local bands in his home town of Gainesville, Florida. Including the almost successful Mudcrutch. But then things changed and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers was formed.
The self titled first album (1976) was moderately successful in Gainesville, and the follow up did not fair much better Your Gonna' Get It (1978). Both these albums when listened to today missed that certain spark. Well the third one, with the delightful title of Damn The Torpedoes (1979), propelled by hit single Refugee, had that spark and caused raptures all over the world. The bubble started to go through the roof on a tour of the United Kingdom, but was quickly taken up by the Americans and the rest of the world reaching Platinum success almost instantly. A Star is born.
From that point onwards every album became more and more successful, culminating in Tom Petty's final album Hypnotic Eye (2014) becoming Tom Petty's First World Wide number One Smash Hit album.
Of course this is not the complete story. Tom Petty also had a Solo career away from the Heartbreakers, various hits and dalliances with Stevie Nicks. Who can forget the incredible duet Stop Draggin' My Heart Around.
He also had time to have an acting career, as well forming The Ultimate Super Group The Travelling Wilbury's with Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Himself. More than your average Rock Star can cram into Ten careers.
Sadly Tom Petty died in October 2017 at the age of 66. A talent taken from us way to early.
My Favorite Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album is Pack up the Plantation as although it includes many of his hits it also includes some rarities, and some amazing cover versions. Including a superb version of The Searchers hit Needles and Pins in duet with Stevie Nicks. Stevie Nicks also gets up and duets with the band on Insider much to the crowds delight. On relative rarity, Breakdown the crowd take over the singing for the first two verses word perfect. To which Tom Petty jokingly replies Your Gonna Put Me out of a Job. There is a nine minute rock out on Shout as well which is just so full of Rock n' Roll it fair brims over. The Audience and crowd are all having such a good time it's difficult to know who exactly is having the better time. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers at the top of their game in front of a live audience. Rock Music at it's best.
Tom Petty - 6 &12 String Guitar, Electric Guitar and Lead Vocals.
Mike Campbell - Lead Guitar and Vocals.
Howie Epstein - Bass Guitar and Vocals.
Benmont Tench - Keyboards and Vocals.
Stan Lynch - Drums.
Stevie Nicks - Vocals.
So You Wanna' Be A Rock n' Roll Star.
Needles and Pins.
It Ain't Nothing To Me.
Rockin' Around with You.
I need To Know.
Don't Bring Me Down.
You Got Lucky.
Stories We Could tell.
Written by Mott The Dog and Hels Bells.
Mott The Dog can often be found off the lead at Jameson's The Irish pub, Soi AR North Pattaya.
For your information.
PCC fixtures for 2018, as they stand on 15th January 2018. All at Thai Polo Ground, unless stated.
Sunday 21st January, 11.00 am Elimination Final, verses Kerala Strikers CC.
Sunday 28th January, 11.00 am Grand Final verses Southerners CC. (If we beat Kerala CC.)
Sunday 11th February 08.45 am ESCL verses Asian Stars CC.
Saturday 17th February, Chiang Mai Big Bash, Gymkana Ground Chiang Mai
Sunday 18th February, Chiang Mai Big Bash Gymkana Ground Chiang Mai
Sunday 25th February, 08.45 am ESCL verses British Club CC
Sunday 4th March, 08.45 am ESCL verses Southerners CC
Sunday 11th March 12.45 am ESCL verses Asian Stars CC
Sunday 1st April 08.45 am ESCL verses Southerners CC
Saturday 9th June time tbc, Pattaya Super 8s
Sunday 10th June time tbc Pattaya Super 8s.