• Members of Tom Petty's immediate family and hundreds of fans were on hand this Saturday (October 22nd) in his hometown of Gainesville, Florida for the official renaming of Northeast Park as "Tom Petty Park." Petty's younger brother Bruce Petty told the crowd at the dedication, "My brother and I grew up in this park. We played as kids. My cousin reminded me the other day of my remark that it was a sanctuary, and it really was. It was a place for us to escape and be kids and have fun. The fact that we are doing this today and the part that we played in it makes it so much more special."
  • Petty's adult daughter Adria spoke about her father's hometown and connected the event with the recently-released song "Gainesville," which is featured on the new posthumous box set, An American Treasure, saying, "Gainesville is an extraordinary place and if you listen to my dad’s music here, it has a different meaning. The idea of the air smelling good and the trees are green -- there is nothing like this park to really illustrate that. (The song) 'Gainesville' has been blasting in my head since I landed. It’s a very important town to Florida. Florida is a really beautiful and complex state and (Gainesville) fosters a lot of intelligence and compassion and incredible manners and incredible decency." (The Gainesville Sun)

  • Fleetwood Mac postponed its October 24th Sioux Falls, South Dakota show at Denny Sanford Premier Center. The band, citing "tour scheduling issues," will return on February 2nd to the 13,000-seat arena to make up the show. The Sioux Falls Stampede's game against Central Illinois already booked for that night will be pushed to another still-to be announced venue. Tickets for the Mac's October dates will be honored on February 2nd. (ArgusLeader.com)

  • Coming on November 30th is a previously unreleased collection of acoustic Neil Young performances from November 1976. The new set, titled Songs For Judy, was put together by journalist-turned-filmmaker Cameron Crowe -- who was covering the jaunt at the time for Rolling Stone -- and CSNY photographer and archivist Joel Bernstein. Crowe recalled the performances, saying: "The shows were reckless and beautiful," Crowe said, reflecting upon the time. The evenings began with an hour-long acoustic solo set from Neil. The acoustic portion of the evening morphed nightly, often fueled by a smoke or two just behind the curtain. After a break, Neil and Crazy Horse would return for a barn-burner of an electric set designed to level the place. They succeeded nightly."
  • Joel Bernstein, who recorded the sets on cassette tapes added: "I was soon raiding malls for whatever blank C-90 cassettes I could find along the way. The U.S. leg of this tour was brief (18 shows in 12 cities, in 24 days), but the performances were at their best intense and thrilling. As the tour continued, the cache of cassette-tape grew, all of them filled with gems." (Rolling Stone)

The tracklisting Neil Young's Songs For Judy collection is:

"Songs For Judy Intro"
"Too Far Gone"
"No One Seems To Know"
"Heart Of Gold"
"White Line"
"Love Is A Rose"
"After The Gold Rush"
"Human Highway"
"Tell Me Why"
"Mr. Soul"
"Mellow My Mind"
"Give Me Strength"
"Man Needs A Maid"
"Roll Another Number"
"Journey Through The Past"
"Harvest"
"Campaigner"
"Old Laughing Lady"
"The Losing End"
"Here We Are In The Years"
"The Needle And The Damage Done"
"Pocahontas"
"Sugar Mountain"