In late September, Petty and his Heartbreakers capped off their 40th-anniversary tour with three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl. Then, he sat down with the LA Times for what no one could possibly have predicted would be his final interview, just days before his death. As interviewer Randy Lewis recounted, "Petty always had a purpose, and a man like that, a man with a purpose, should have had more time—weeks, months, years—to practice what he called fishing and others call songwriting. 'It's kind of a lonely work,' [Petty] said, 'because you just have to keep your pole in the water. I always had a little routine of going into whatever room I was using at the time to write in, and just staying in there till I felt like I got a bite. I compare it to fishing: There's either a fish in the boat or there's not...Sometimes you come home and you didn't catch anything and sometimes you caught a huge fish. But that was the work part of it to me...I just remember being excited when I had a song done, and I knew I had a song in my pocket, I always felt really excited about it."
Petty enjoyed a long history with Electric Factory concerts (highlighted by Live Aid in 1985) and he's pictured in Larry Magid's book My Soul's Been Psychedelicized: Four Decades in Posters and Photographs. Offered is the guitar that Petty signed for Larry, featuring a silver-Sharpie "9-10" signature.
"The thing about the Heartbreakers is, it’s still holy to me," Petty said in that final interview. "And to us, in the era we came up in, it was a religion in a way. It was more than commerce, it wasn't about that. It was about something much greater. It was about moving people, and changing the world, and I really believed in rock 'n' roll — I still do ... I’m just trying to get the best I can get out of it as long as it remains holy."
Please Note: Every single autograph in the Larry Magid Collection was obtained first-hand by Magid during personal, concert-related interactions with the legendary musicians themselves. Every single autograph comes with Larry’s signed LOA attesting to its authenticity, as well as a Full LOA from JSA. Each signed guitar is in unplayed NM condition and comes in a zipper guitar case.