Tom Petty – My Gateway Drug to Rock and Roll

There I was working at Montgomery Ward manning the Ticketron machine, a college freshman Trumpet/Music major and member of the Big Brown Music Machine-Long Beach State’s large and powerful marching band as well as the prestigious 16 piece Chamber Choir. More than a few young people were purchasing tickets for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at UCLA’s Royce Hall…I had seen Maynard Ferguson at Plummer Auditorium…my first rock concert was The Knack at the Fabulous Forum…followed by the Ramones at Hollywood Palladium….I had taken my little brother to see Kiss during my senior year at Cerritos High….and attended Van Circles in undeveloped Santa Fe Springs where the car radios blasted KLOS and KMET… Led Zepplin, Journey, Lynyrd Skynard, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Black Sabbath….While it was nice to hang with the in crowd, I was into R & B, Top 40 Pop, and groups that featured horns like Tower of Power and Chicago…I was a proud band geek.

So I asked a ticket buyer about TP and he told me there was a new album with a hit song called Refugee…the song played on the radio on my way home from work that day….I was instantly a fan.

DAMN THE TORPEDOS is full of hits…I worked my way to American Girl and Breakdown from the S/T debut. While my younger brother was veering off into Punk, I fell in love with the attitude and swagger of TP’s second record YOU’RE GONNA GET IT! I memorized Tom Petty Songs, studied the structure and tried to copy his songwriting in my early guitar playing days. While fronting my first band ARBITRAGE in the 80’s, I was accused of sounding too much like TP…I had it that bad…I had it that good.

Saturday at Beach Hut Deli in Huntington Beach, we’ll try to do the song master and rocker justice as we play a full night of Tom Petty songs. I’m guessing they’ll be some TP carryover when I play VinoNostra in Downtown Fullerton Sunday from 4-7, Free, 21 & Over

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California Dreamin’

California Dreamin’ from the Beach Hut last Saturday.  Yes, it on the new CD “I Want You”, available for $10 at all my gigs.  See you Sunday at Berth 55, Port of Long Beach from 2-5. Free, all ages.

Thank You!

Helen Harrod

Thanks so much for last night…NO BERTH 55 today, we’ll be back next Sunday Oct. 2, 2-5pm. I’ll see you back at Beach Hut Deli HB for MONDAY OPEN MIC(7-10) and this WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC is the last for 2016 at Angelo’s in Anaheim(7-10). Here’s a shot of Helen Harrod and special thanks to Looney’s Fortune for the CC Poster upper right. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!


I Want You Listening Party!


Saturday Sept. 24, help me welcome a New Record into the world at Beach Hut Deli HB. LOONEY’S FORTUNE and HELEN RUTH HARROD will be doing opening sets and I’ll be joined by Jason Arthur and Rae Shirer around 8 for a CC set. “I WANT YOU” listening party to close the night. 7-10pm, Free, All ages, Beer & Wine, Excellent Sandwiches and snacks.

Savor Santa Ana

Savor Santa Ana

Oh, and here you go. I don’t need no stinkin’ microphone! Thanks Santa Ana.

I really had no idea what I was getting into…was a swell time. Lots of nice people, awesome food, good music. Parking in the structure is $4 prepaid after 7. DTSA is growing on me. Thanks for having me.