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1966Bob Dylan, who had recently "gone electric" and added rock and roll instruments to his folk music, appears at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. Just before he begins a version of his latest hit, "Like A Rolling Stone," a member of the audience, a folk purist angry at the move to rock, shouts out, "Judas!" Dylan responds with, "I don't believe you," adding, "You're a liar!" He then proceeds to tell the band to play the song "f--king loud."
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Tom Petty's home in Encino, California, burns to the ground. Petty and his family escape unharmed, but are traumatized by the blaze, which is determined to be arson. The perpetrator is never caught.
Petty is in the house with his wife, daughter and housekeeper around 10 a.m. when his daughter notices the flames. They all evacuate, Petty crawling out as the smoke lowers. Within an hour, the house is burned to the ground, with only parts of Petty's basement recording studio spared. The housekeeper suffers burns on hair and hands, but everyone else is unharmed.
The family retreats to a hotel and begins to rebuild - Annie Lennox, who was at Petty's neighbor Dave Stewart's house at the time of the fire, makes sure they have clothes and other essentials.
Police determine that the fire was started deliberately, with clear-cut evidence of arson. This sobering news torments Petty, who has to deal with the fact that someone tried to kill him and his family.
His tour with Bob Dylan goes ahead as planned, with his family joining him on the road. Gradually, Petty comes to terms with the ordeal, using music as his outlet of expression. His 1989 album, Full Moon Fever, includes the song "I Won't Back Down," where he sings:
I'll keep this world from draggin' me down Gonna stand my ground
He does just that, rebuilding his house on the same plot of land. "It was kind of like starting over for me," he says.