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Tom Petty: Runnin' Down A Blue Dream

August 12, 2016 | PacerStacktrain

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tom-petty-highly-likely-quote1.jpgTom Petty is a true American original. A world-class rock ‘n’ roll superstar that came from humble beginnings and brought the people he grew up with along on his amazing journey. He’s also a certified hit machine, creating a seemingly endless supply of catchy songs with the staying power to last decades in the public consciousness.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Petty has been a consumer of Cannabis throughout his career. He didn’t, however, really talk much about his love for the herb until recently — most likely due to a change in acceptance and attitude from the general public.

When Petty’s first producer/manager Denny Cordell was asked in 2007 about how difficult the band was to manage on the road in the late 1970s, he answered that they were easy, but that they “smoked way too much reefer.” By all accounts, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were a band that loved to get blazed.

There’s the tale of their first European tour in the early 1980s where they were so excited to be in Amsterdam, one of the few places in the world at the time where one could purchase Cannabis legally, that they bought blocks of hashish. The band planned on smuggling the goods to nearby Germany for the rest of the tour when they were pulled aside and searched at customs. Petty threw out his hashish in time, but knew bassist Ron Blair had not.

When the authorities went to search Blair’s bag, they only found a pipe. Astonished, Petty turned to Blair, who returned a toothy smile with black hashish all over his teeth. That night, the band performed on German television and one can see a visibly glassy-eyed Blair playing his heart out on bass.

In a 2013 article with Rolling Stone, Petty noted that he’s not a medical user of Cannabis, at least not a licensed one. “I don’t have a prescription card, but I’m certain I’ve smoked medical marijuana, yeah. It’s everywhere. I don’t smoke as much pot as I did at one point in my life. But I think the cat’s out of the bag, it’s gonna be legalized.” 

Over the years, Petty has become more and more outspoken about his use of Cannabis, likely thanks to relatively relaxed tolerance in modern society. 

His most recent interview, a 2015 print article in Men’s Journal, tells the tale of a lifelong passion for American history and the herb. 

According to the article, one of Petty’s favorite things to do is “wait until it’s really late, get stoned, go to the Jefferson Memorial and just sit there and read the walls. I’ve done that a few times.”

Which makes a lot of sense. Petty’s music personifies freedom and captures the wanderlust of the American soul.

“So let’s get to the point, let’s roll another joint. Let’s head on down the road.There’s somewhere I gotta go.”

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