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Tom Petty Sounds Off On Corporate Sponsorship

When Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played the Blockbuster Pavilion in San Bernardino, California on August 24, Petty talked about corporate sponsorship from the stage. Launch reports: "I noticed there are a lot of corporate boxes here tonight," Petty quipped between songs in his dry Southern drawl. "You know, up in those corporate boxes, there's always some old guy with a really young girl!"

He then added, "It's hard to be in a rock 'n' roll band in 2002 and avoid things like corporate boxes. But you'll notice there are no corporate sponsors on this tour. First [companies] call you up and want to sponsor your tour–next thing, they want to put one of your songs in a commercial for a bank! But this tour is brought to you by you." His comments were met with thunderous applause.