Rock Hall showcases Tom Petty’s ‘Wildflowers’

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

• The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will celebrate Tom Petty and his “Wildflowers” album with an exhibition opening Friday.

On display are artifacts from the “Wildflowers” sessions and the tour that followed, including work-in-progress handwritten lyrics for “Crawling Back to You” and “You Don’t Know How It Feels.”

Instruments on display will include Petty’s Blonde Toro Nittono electric guitar, Mike Campbell’s Fender Jazzmaster, Howie Epstein’s Fender jazz bass, Scott Thurston’s harmonicas and the Pearl drum kit Steve Ferrone used on tour.

Some of Petty’s clothing also will be shown, from pieces he wore on tour to the clothing he was wearing for the Rolling Stone cover story around the time of the album’s release.

The Rock Hall is planning a Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ Fan Weekend on Nov. 26 to 28 that will feature footage of Petty performing at past Rock Hall events and from his Super Bowl halftime show in 2008. Petty’s music also will play at the top of hour all weekend from the Rock Boxes located in downtown Cleveland.

And the Rock Hall film series will return in January 2022 with the documentary “Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers,” directed by Mary Wharton, who also made “Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President,” “Sam Cooke: Legend,” “Elvis Lives!” and “The Beatles Revolution.”

While readers won’t need that round-trip airfare, Warner Records is sponsoring a trip for two to visit the Rock Hall and the “Wildflowers” exhibit. The prize package includes airfare, a two-night hotel stay, ground transportation and VIP tickets to tour the Rock Hall vault as well as a set of 1994 “Wildflowers” posters from the Petty archive vaults, a Wildflowers guitar pick, a “Wildflowers & All the Rest” music and merch prize package and the opportunity to host an episode of “The Last DJ” on SiriusXM’s Tom Petty Radio.

A link to enter the contest can be found on the Rock Hall’s webpage (www.rockhall.com).

• Season two of “Tiger King,” the true crime reality show that everyone except me watched during the pandemic, arrived on Netflix Wednesday, but “Uncaged: The Untold Stories from the Cast of Tiger King” won’t make it to Warren until 2022.

The tour has John Reinke, Saff, Joshua Dial and Barbara Fisher from “Tiger King” participating in a moderated conversation and showing previously unshared video, photos and stories about the series. It was supposed to be at Packard Music Hall on Saturday, but it now has been moved to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 8.

Tickets already purchased are valid for the new date. And now they’ll have a new season to talk about.

• This announcement came a couple weeks ago while I was off work, but Elevation Group released the 2022 dates for its WonderStruck and WonderBus music festivals.

WonderStruck, formerly known as LaureLive, will make its second appearance at Lakeland Community College on July 9 and 10. WonderBus, which takes place in Columbus next to The Ohio State University, is set for Aug. 27 and 28.

The full lineups won’t be released until next year, assuming they follow the same pattern as past years, but early-bird tickets are on sale now for both festivals. And concertgoers can check out some of the northeast Ohio bands that will be at WonderStruck on Wednesday at The Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights. Its pre-Thanksgiving show will feature Detention, Leah Kate and The Orphan The Poet, which Elevation Group says will be a part of WonderStruck 2022.


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