Tonight, David Fricke will host a very special one-hour livestream event in honor of Tom Petty’s iconic music videos throughout his career. Tune in at 7PM ET on the Tom Petty official YouTube channel. The event will be simulcast on SiriusXM’s Tom Petty Radio.
The event will bring together notable artists and directors who have collaborated with Tom Petty on music videos including Julien Temple (“Free Fallin’,” “Into the Great Wide Open,” “Yer So Bad,” “Learning To Fly”), director Jeff Stein (“Don’t Come Around Here No More”), filmmaker/producer Anne-Marie Mackay, and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics (who co-wrote/producer “Don’t Come Around Here No More” and is featured in the video). In addition, never before seen behind-the-scenes footage of the 1994 “You Don’t Know How It Feels” video will debut with on set commentary from director Phil Joanou and Tom himself.
The livestream event will culminate in the world premiere of the brand-new video for “Something Could Happen” and a discussion with the video’s acclaimed director Warren Fu and lead actor Lauren Cohan (of “The Walking Dead” fame).
Of the video, Fu explains, “It is an honor to create visuals for this previously unreleased gem. The fact that it was one of Tom’s favorite songs from All The Rest makes it even more special. In looking back on Tom’s old music videos, it was obvious that he had a lot of fun with them and was not afraid to get a bit weird. I wanted to create another modern fairytale in the spirit of Tom’s music video for “Into The Great Wide Open.” Every fairytale has some sort of theme or message. In our story, we have a character that is an incarnation of memories reassembled into a living creature, trying to make its way back home.
“I think the message I was trying to convey is that all our experiences, the good the bad, the beautiful and the painful make us who we are, and we should embrace them. Tom never compromised his artistic integrity and always stayed true to who he was, so I feel like our message in this video is in line with his spirit. Hints of his presence are also felt throughout the video in Easter eggs: The skywriting heart from “Free Fallin”, a crown for “It’s Good To Be King,” a dog collar with an ‘R’ in a nod to Tom’s dog Ryder, the slow dance dip from “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” the Alice and the Mad Hatter hat from “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” and the storybook motif from “Into The Great Wide Open.” When Tom’s fans watch this video, I hope they feel the same way I felt hearing the song for the first time: Something new, yet something nostalgic and familiar.”
“Something Could Happen” is a previously unreleased track from the long-awaited second half of Wildflowers, a collection Petty named All The Rest. Wildflowers & All The Rest debuted in October at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, No. 1 Top Rock Albums and continues to receive widespread critical acclaim.