Billboard Century Award (2005)

12/31/2005    投稿者:

Tom Pettyが Billboard の最高位である「Century Award」を受賞。プレゼンターは Green Dayの Billie Joe Armstrong。TPは授賞式に出席してスピーチをしましたが、演奏はありませんでした。

2005. 12. 6 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas


来年はHeartbreakersと僕にとって30周年になるんだ。まず最初に言うべきことは、僕のバンドHeartbreakers、特に10代の頃から一緒にやってきたMike CampbellとBenmont Tench…彼らなしでは僕は今夜この場所にいられなかったということだ。僕らは決していつも生真面目ではなかったけど、音楽の目的を見失うことはなかったんだ。


僕は長年に渡って多くの人々にサポートしてもらったから、その人たちに感謝しなくてはいけないね。素晴らしいプロデューサー…Denny Cordell、Jimmy Iovine、Jeff Lynne、Rick Rubin、George Drakoulias。そして結成当時からのマネージャー Tony Dimitriades、我々の母親代わりのMary Klauzer。我々のロード・クルー Bugs Weidel、Jim Lenahan、Richard Fernandez… みんな最初の頃からずっと一緒にいてくれたんだ。それから、Warner Brothers Recordsにも感謝を。



終わる前に、常に僕のことを愛し支えてくれる僕の小さな家族に、簡単に感謝の言葉を。僕の子供たち、Adria、Kim、Dylan。そして人生のすべての時間を一緒に過ごしてくれて、いまだに良識のある僕の妻 Danaには特に感謝してる。


Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you all. Woo. I’m so nervous.

The new year will bring in the 30th anniversary of the Heartbreakers and myself and I think before I go any further I should say I wouldn’t be up here tonight without my band, the Heartbreakers — especially Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, who I played with since I was a teenager. And we haven’t always been Boy Scouts, but we never lost sight of the music.

From time to time, I’m approached by strangers who say thanks for writing the soundtrack to my life and it makes me feel really honored that this music has lasted all this time and you still come out to see us and you still give us top 10 records and it means more to me than I can say.

I’ve had a large supporting cast through the years and I must thank them. The many great record producers, Denny Cordell, Jimmy Iovine, Jeff Lynne, Rick Rubin, George Drakoulis, and our manager since we started out, Tony Dimitriades and Mary Klauzer, our den mother. Our road crew all this time, Bugs Weidel, Jim Lenahan, Richard Fernandez, they’ve been there from the start. I’d also like to thank Warner Bros. Records.

And our truth has always been about the music. We never wanted to be in the gossip magazines and we never had an extreme interest in jewelry. It’s been my pleasure.

I have to say that the lion’s share of our success belongs to our fans. Every show has been a spiritual experience and I thank you for that.

Before I go, I must quickly thank my little family for loving me an supporting me all this time. My kids, Adria, Kim and Dylan, especially my wife Dana, who lives every minute of my life with me and is somehow still sane.

And of course I thank all of you at Billboard for giving me this award. I’ll endeavor to deserve it and may I remind you that this ain’t the end. I can still kick some ass. God bless you.

special thanks to Shigeyan