A new video with scenes from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers‘ iconic residency at the Fillmore was released under the title The Fillmore House Band – 1997 (Short Film 2).
The 12-minute mini-feature includes scenes from 20-night stand along with band members looking back on the experience of being there. It follows the release of a previous video and one box set of performance sound. You can watch the new video below.
“You feel the history; you feel the ghosts,” guitarist Mike Campbell says in the clip. “And you feel the magic that’s happened — it’s kind of dripping on the walls.” Keyboardist Benmont Tench adds: “It was better to be so close to the fans. I think the stage was a little lower; I think the fans were a little closer. … When you’re in a smaller room that’s enclosed like that, the concentration of the energy, the concentration of the band, the focus, different. It has a really serious kind of magic.”
Speaking shortly after the run ended, Petty told BAM“I love it. I’ve had a ball. This might be the best time we’ve ever had: musically we all get along really well. … It might really be the best time of our lives.
“The idea was just to be a band again and play the same place for a while,” he continued. “Lately it’s been such an ordeal for us to play: to get everyone together, to get rehearsals booked, and then it’s always a tour thing – it’s a big commitment.”
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