“End of the Line” tells the story of receiving the respect of your peers… great music and a tribute to Roy Orbison from his Traveling Wilburys’ mates that evokes thoughts about what actually matters after you’ve enjoyed all the fame and riches.
The Traveling Wilburys, whose members were hand-picked by George Harrison, clearly matter. Tom Petty relates that George selected band members based on whether or not he wanted to spend time with you, not the quality of your voice or what instruments you could play. So he picked a line-up of his personal favorites -Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison.
It’s said that 5 lawyers in a hundred years couldn’t assemble what George did in 3 phone calls in one afternoon. What a complement to each of them! Being respected and appreciated by the peers that you admire the most – obviously, those are things that actually matter.
A few things you can’t help noticing (besides the great music) when you watch the “End of the Line” video:
First, George never looked healthier or happier. Clearly, this is his gig and he knows he’s assembled a world class band just for the fun of it! Everybody writes. Everybody sings. Everybody produces. Everybody has a great time. Five talented pals, doing what they do best.
Second, Roy passed away after recording the song but before the video was produced. So, during his vocal performance, the guys placed his guitar on a “rock”ing chair and his picture on the mantle as a tribute to their missing partner.
They all adored Roy, marveled at his voice, & appreciated his professionalism. Even George, a Beatle, worshipped Roy. When George called Tom to tell him about Roy’s passing, he said, “Don’t worry about Roy, he’ll be fine. He’s still with us.” Clearly they could feel his presence.
Third, Tom Petty is having the time of his life. Imagine…he’s playing with George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison! How cool is that?
Finally, Jeff Lynne, the main guy from ELO, and the person most responsible for Roy Orbison’s comeback, is finally getting some of the recognition he deserves.
Roy Orbison fans will love this video. How about you? Comments welcome!