Rolling Stone #368 — April 29, 1982

Petty previews LP for students
Rolling Stone #368 — April 29, 1982

Tom Petty took a break from recording his next album — due out this summer — to do a guest-lecture gig at UCLA’s Student Center, where he shot the breeze with 2500 Bruins for about ninety minutes. “He was real nervous at first,” said one intimate, “but in the end he had a great time.” As for the LP, Petty told the students that it’ll showcase “new musical directions” for the Heartbreakers. “We’ll even make some personnel changes to get our new sound,” he augured. “And if we don’t get it … I’ll just go back to Florida.” One personnel change has already taken place, at least in the studio: Howie Epstein has replaced Ron Blair on bass.

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