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DIRTBAG History: Dirtbag John’s epic night at the Fillmore with Tom Petty

DIRTBAG History: Dirtbag John’s epic night at the Fillmore with Tom Petty

It was late 1997... Dirtbag Clothing is a only a few years old, being run out of our 5 story walk up apartment in San Francisco. I was still doing freelance video work and one of my clients was Univision Channel 14 Spanish language news. While doing a story, I met a fellow news cameraman, Dennis Callaghan from the CBS station. He liked my hustle getting shots of a huge flood that closed down the freeway-- from that day, we stayed in touch. That's what freelancers did; we NETWORKED!!

A few weeks later, Dennis called me saying, "HEY! ...you want to assist me in taking photos of the Tom Petty gig at the Fillmore? At the time, Tom was the hardest ticket to get in the world…. it was THE concert event of the time, and the buzz was deafening. So before he could finish, I said I'll be there 4 hours early…

I arrive lugging 3 or 4 bags of gear, stoked to be working with a photographer that shot the all the major bands of the 70’s , 80’s and 90’s… I had an all access pass, but never left Dennis as I was there to WORK…. I was watching the gear while Dennis goes to chat with Tom (Petty)... Then, Dennis comes back to say we’re NOT going to shoot the show tonight as Tom was “not feeling it”…. so we’re going to drink… OH BOY!

We got a drink at the bar.. Then, while Tom was on stage Dennis suggested we get our next round not from the bar, but from the band's room backstage. For those who might not know, backstage at the Fillmore is super small and there was an even smaller area just outside where you can see the stage… So, I’m drinking the band's beer at the hottest ticket in town… I’m in heaven…

Someone set off some pepper spray in the venue or something, causing the band to take a break… Me, freaking out as I’m drinking Tom Petty's beer in HIS backstage area that is so small the band could barely fit…so I made the decision to head down the stairs, and to not intrude…. Well-- those stairs led RIGHT to the stage that Tom was leaving, so I literally bump right into him in the stairwell  ...I just ran into rock in roll royalty

SUCH AN EPIC NIGHT.. and a few days later, Dennis tells me to pop over to his place and hands me a signed poster from that night… I have it on my office wall to this day!!! Now they have released a compilation from all those shows that just bring back such epic memories!! The Fillmore has great stories in the history of DIRTBAG…. I’ll tell another story soon.

-DIRTBAG JOHN

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Tom Petty - Live at the FIllmore - DIRTBAG Clothing
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DIRTBAG Artists KIRRA join Blacktop Mojo and Otherwise for DEFY THE SUN tour

DIRTBAG Artists KIRRA join Blacktop Mojo and Otherwise for DEFY THE SUN tour

BLACKTOP MOJO recently announced a tour with Otherwise, Lullwater, and KIRRA in support of their recently released album Under the Sun.

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SEE ALL DATES BELOW:

October 25th - Dallas, TX - Freaker's Ball
October 26th - Oklahoma City, OK - Kattfest
October 28th- Grand Junction, CO - Mesa Theater
October 29th- Colorado Springs, CO - Sunshine Studios
October 31st- Kansasville, WI - 1175
November 1st- Green Bay, WI - The Distillery
November 2nd- Minneapolis, MN - Studio B @ Skyway Theater
November 3rd- Kansas City, MO - Aftershock
November 5th- Joliet, IL - The Forge
November 6th- Columbus, OH - A&R Bar
November 8th- Flint, MI - Machine Shop
November 9th- West Peoria, IL- Crusens
November 10th- Grand Rapids, MI- The Stache
November 12th- Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
November 13th- Joplin, MO - Guitars Rock N Country Bar
November 15th - Lakewood, OH - Winchester
November 16th - Syracuse, NY - Lost Horizon
November 17th-Hartford, CT - Webster Underground
November 20th- Brooklyn, NY - St Vitus
November 21st- Asbury Park, NJ - House of Independents
November 22nd- Lancaster, PA - The Lizard Lounge
November 23rd- Greensboro, NC - Blind Tiger
November 24th- Richmond, VA - Canal Club
November 26th- Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Purgatory)
November 27th- Charlotte, NC - Amos’ Southend