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30. Universal Amphitheater (now the Gibson). Bob Dylan played a week of shows at the Universal Amphitheater in June 1978 and, in a rare mood, introduced celebrities in the audience, including Tom Petty. Afterward, Petty was invited backstage and later recounted, "That was the first time it really hit me that people knew who we were." (CWTP)
31. Petty's home in Encino. An arsonist burned down this house in 1987. Estimated damage: $800,000. Camera crews were there before the fire department, and friends were coming down the driveway with presents for an afternoon birthday barbecue Petty was having for his wife at the house that day. Nearly everything except his precious Dove guitar burned in this fire. "It frightened me so bad. I wouldn't even use the word 'fire' in a song or anything." (CWTP)
32. Charo's house in Beverly Hills. Petty's family lived in the house of the former wife of Xavier Cugat, Charo, while rebuilding his house after the fire. On Thanksgiving, Petty drove to the Sav-On in Beverly Hills to pick up some baseball mitts for a game he wanted to have, and Jeff Lynne — the producer, former ELO member and future Traveling Wilbury — pulled up beside him at a red light. Thus began their working relationship.
33. Le Seur. While out Christmas shopping with his daughter Adria, Petty stopped in for lunch and was asked to go to a private dining room, where he met George Harrison, who was dining with Jeff Lynne. This was another step toward the formation of the Traveling Wilburys.
34. Beverly Hills mansion designed by Wallace Neff. Nicknamed "Wilbury Manor," this 1920s Spanish-style residence was the recording home for the second Traveling Wilburys album in 1990. Most of it was recorded in the library, on equipment borrowed from Herb Alpert of A&M. Petty prefers recording in homes or even garages to being in the studio.
35. Pacific Palisades "Chicken Shack." Petty described his late-1990s divorce house as a cabin where daylight streamed through cracks, the yard was overgrown and full of chickens and an 8-track studio sat in the back bedroom — the perfect bachelor pad. She's the One was recorded there.
36. House of Blues. In the late 1990s, Petty and the Heartbreakers backed up Johnny Cash at the House of Blues. His marriage dissolving, Petty was astonished to see a woman at the show he'd admired years earlier. Now the "love of his life," Dana inspired the song "Angel Dream," written while he was still healing from his divorce and living at the Chicken Shack. Tom and Dana were married in Vegas but had another ceremony in L.A., officiated by Little Richard. 8430 W. Sunset Blvd.
37. McCabe's Guitar Shop. This was the site of the memorial service for bassist Howie Epstein after his death in 2003. Petty stole Epstein from Del Shannon's band after Ron Blair quit and always referred to him as "the cool one" in the Heartbreakers. For the service, Petty had Native Americans come and bless the room. 3101 Pico Blvd.
38. Malibu. Our hero's current residence. Petty now lives there with his second wife, Dana, and her two sons. He has two daughters from his first marriage. His first daughter, Adria, is the band's de facto art director, working on video, Web design and the Runnin' Down a Dream book project. She probably no longer has to sleep in a drawer.
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