Tom Petty in last interview: Working ‘keeps me young’

Tom Petty in last interview: Working ‘keeps me young’


Tom Petty said in an interview days before his death that the just-concluded 40th anniversary tour with his band, the Heartbreakers, was the “big slap on the back we never got.”

The Los Angeles Times has released what it says is the final interview with the rocker. It was conducted Sept. 27, five days before Petty died at age 66 after going into cardiac arrest.

Petty and the Heartbreakers wrapped up the six-month tour at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 25. He said in the interview he planned “to stop working for a time,” but the band had no plans to stop performing or recording. He mused that the only thing that would cause the band to fold would be if someone got sick or died.

He said working “keeps me young.”

Billie Jean King upset with women who voted for Trump


Tennis icon Billie Jean King is not mincing words about the many white women who voted for Donald Trump, saying they “really don’t like themselves.”

King, 73, who led the fight for equal pay for women in tennis, also says she feels there is more misogyny now than when she defeated Bobby Riggs in the famous “Battle of the Sexes” match in 1973, the subject of the new movie starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell.

“I think there’s a lot of misogyny – I think it’s higher now than it was,” King said in an interview Tuesday evening at a Manhattan awards ceremony. She was being honored by the Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation, which provides gymnastics programs to underserved communities.

“I’m really upset with women, actually,” King said. “I’m upset with the white women that voted for Mr. Trump.”

Associated Press

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