TOM PETTY & the HEARTBREAKERS – ”  Call Me the Breeze “

Posted: November 6, 2022 in MUSIC

The infectious rendition from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers of the J.J. Cale classic “Call Me The Breeze” premieres today, accompanied by a stellar music video directed and hand-illustrated by Emmy Award Winner Jeff Scher. The new track is taken from the highly-anticipated “Live At The Fillmore, 1997” — Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ first live record in over a decade .

The video features characterful animations of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers performing “Live At The Fillmore”, hand drawn by educator and filmmaker Scher. “‘Call Me The Breeze’ is an anthem to freedom,” says Scher, whose body of work includes music videos for Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and others as well as pieces in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Harvard Film Archive, The Centre Pompidou and The National Film Archive of Austria .

The most direct metaphor for me was driving and the joy of unrestricted motion which made me think of the way things blur when they fly past. I was excited to try and recreate that motion blur with paint and pastel. I started with the first shot and just kept adding shots and cutting it together as I went. You might say it just evolved as it grew. Making the video in this way felt like I’d incorporated the spirit of the song into the process of making the video.”

For the 20 shows on the legendary Fillmore 1997 run, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers dropped their stadium tour setlist and instead experimented with alternate versions of classic Tom Petty songs and tributes to artists they love. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers were long-time fans of J.J. Cale. The band frequently played his songs in their sets, and Tom often played Cale songs on his acclaimed Buried Treasure show on Tom Petty Radio. “Call Me The Breeze” is one of two J.J. Cale covers on “Live At The Fillmore” , alongside “I’d Like To Love You Baby”.

released November 25th on Warner Records.

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