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In a 2010 interview with Rolling Stone Music Now host Brian Hiatt, Petty talks about making his album Mojo – and details his optimism about the future. “As time goes by, you seem to weed out the things that were making your life hard,” Petty says, before explaining his determination to keep recording and touring as long as possible: "Oh, I intend to hit it. I’m not going anywhere."
In a 2015 interview with Andy Greene, we hear Petty explain – in remarks that went viral again in the wake of his death – why he regretting using the Confederate flag onstage in the ‘80s (tied to a character in the song "Rebels.") "One night someone threw a flag onstage," Petty recalls. "I said, ‘Look, this was to illustrate a character…. I would prefer it if no would would ever bring a Confederate flag to our show.Read more at RollingStone