Although it’s been nearly a yr since Tom Petty died at age 66 on Oct. 2, 2017, his legacy, music and hometown love stay on. Petty’s compilation album An American Treasure was launched Reprise Records on Friday and options 63 songs, together with the beforehand unreleased music “Gainesville.” Named after his hometown in Florida, “Gainesville” was recorded alongside The Heartbreakers throughout the Echo album classes in February 1998, and its music video premiered Monday (Oct. 1).
The video is a collage of nostalgia for Florida people. It opens with classic footage of Gainesville properties, the city-limits signal and the downpour acquainted to anybody who is aware of the city as “Rainsville.”
Petty sports activities lengthy blond hair and wire-framed sun shades when he first seems. While the montage continues with the townspeople having fun with the swampy countryside, it quickly cuts to footage of Tom Petty and the band.
The video facilities the remainder of its consideration on the consolation of the big North Florida city's small-town really feel. It offers viewers glimpses of the character, folks and areas iconic to Gainesville, just like the 34th Street Wall, Paynes Prairie and the University of Florida. The area between these pictures is full of footage of the band enjoying and chilling.
While Petty celebrated his hometown with the music, Gainesville continues to have fun Petty in different methods. Through tribute concert events, occasions and dedications, his identify will stay on all over the place — however most of all within the place he was raised. Watch the video beneath.