TOM PETTY and the HEARTBREAKERS – ” High Grass Dogs Live From The Fillmore ” 15th and 16th March 1999

Posted: March 6, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Filmed in 1999 at the San Francisco Fillmore, this opens up to an audio and visual montage of urban America, Tom’s problem has always been he makes it look all so easy. Nobody else does that jingle jangle with such skill, power, commitment and consistency.

The lights go up and the high grass dogs stroll onto the stage and blast into `Jammin’ Me’. using multiple cameras from a variety of angles to catch the band, interspersed with shots of impressed looking girls, using a quality sound mix throughout. Between songs they have added backstage and street shots of anonymous roadies, interjecting odd sound bites, wheeling crates up ramps and so on, all of sometimes breaks the flow of a great gig, The idea comes together when the film closes with the gear being loaded up, but this music really doesn’t need adorning.

The laconic stoner / polite Southern Gent Tom Petty fronting proceedings appears in good humour, on top form and to be clearly enjoying himself as he works his way through an assortment of acoustics, Teles and Flying V’s to present a selection from his impressive catalogue. We hear several tracks from the about-to-be-released Echo album (which underwhelmed the critics, it must be said), reworked acoustic versions of several gems (including a superb version of ‘Walls’ – much better than the original), and highlights from Wildflowers and Full Moon Fever`Mary Jane’ particularly is a show stopper, after which Bo Diddley embellishes the primal strains of `Mona’, this is followed a more acoustic section including a bluegrassy `Lay Down My Guitar’, a great `Even The Losers’ to which Tom Petty charmingly and repeatedly fluffs the opening lines – `act like you don’t know anything’s going on’, he drawls. After which the band – including Mick Cambell, Benmont Tench and the sorely missed Howie Epstein, abetted by Scott Thurston and Steve Ferrone – rock their way out.

High Grass Dogs: Filmed at The Fillmore in San Francisco, California on March 15th and 16th, 1999

The Heartbreakers Band: 

  • Bass, Guitar, Vocals – Howie Epstein,
  • Drums – Steve Ferrone
  • Guitar, Vocals – Mike Campbell
  • Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards – Scott Thurston
  • Keyboards, Vocals – Benmont Tench
  • Vocals, Guitar – Tom Petty 


0:04 “Intro / California” 2:12 “Jammin’ Me” 6:26 “Runnin’ Down A Dream” 11:14 “Swingin'” 18:05 “Breakdown” 23:33 “Listen To Her Heart” 27:02 “You Don’t Know How It Feels” 34:05 “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” 40:28 “Mona (Featuring Bo Diddley)” 46:20 “Lay Down My Old Guitar” 50:08 “Even The Losers” 53:54 “Walls” 57:00 “Angel Dream” 1:00:06 “Room At The Top” 1:05:44 “County Farm” 1:11:37 “You Wreck Me” 1:16:45 “I Don’t Wanna Fight” 1:19:35 “Free Fallin'”

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