The Boston Garden played host to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on August 7, 1981, just three months after the legendary singer-songwriter released his fourth album Hard Promises.
Petty had one of his earliest battles with a record label in the weeks leading up to the release of the LP. According to a Los Angeles Times article from 1981, distributor MCA Records wanted to sell the record at the “superstar price” of $9.98, exactly $1 more than the standard price, to capitalize on Petty’s late-70s mainstream success.
But Petty fought back against the price hike and voiced his opposition in the media, even considering re-naming the album to Eight Ninety-Eight. MCA eventually decided against the price increase and finally released the album on May 5, 1981.
Despite the delayed release, Petty’s tour with The Heartbreakers that summer was not affected as they stopped through the Boston Garden on August 7. No video of that show is online, but to give you an idea of how they looked and sounded at the time here’s a clip from around the album’s release of the band performing “A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me).”
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