A few years ago I discovered a whole community of trading audience recordings (some people call them “bootlegs”) but I don’t like that word.
Around this time I decided to start my own blog to share the shows I collected. It attracted just shy of a million views. I learned a lot, had fun for a few years, but for various reasons, I had to move on from that project. But my Tom Petty posts were always among the most popular on the site.
Tom Petty is one of my favorite artists, so I decided to make a new site specifically for Petty related material since nothing really exists like that. The Grateful Dead have archive.org to host most of their shows, so why shouldn’t Tom Petty have an archive like that? I don’t have the infrastructure to stream them like archive.org does, so I uploaded them all to Amazon Drive so everyone can download them and do whatever they want with them.
My last project was on Blogger, so everything was free but very limited. This time I decided to do things differently. I decided to pay for web hosting, a domain name and do everything myself as opposed to the free blog from Google. And I decided to pay for file hosting from Amazon Drive. I’m going to try this out for a year and see what happens. I’m going to have a PayPal donate button so people can help cover the costs to keep this site running. I’m not going to pay for any of the fees after the first year. This is what the donate button is for. To keep this site alive. So, for now, this is just a trial run. If you enjoy it, let’s keep it running.
I despise ads, so I’m never going to put ads on this site.
Most of the shows are audience recorded shows. A few are soundboards or FM recordings. If you find something that has been officially released, contact me and I will take it down. I do post shows that were released only on VHS or laserdisc in the 70s and 80s and that never got a proper DVD release. They are considered “out of print”. If they ever get officially released, it will take them down.
If you have any new shows or even upgrades to ones that I already have, please contact me so I can get them posted so everyone can enjoy them.
I’m may redesign the site a few times before I find one that I like.
I also collect video of concerts as well. I have them posted on this site as well. Like with audio, some are audience shot and some are pro-shot.
Most of the files are not from me personally, I collected them over the last few years. But for files that are from my personal collection, the .txt file will end with “NOT FOR SALE. “ and “-MBK”.