Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, world-class rock hit-makers since the 1970s and 1999 recipients of their own star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, headlined at the New Fillmore March 7-15, 1999. Petty's music was written to reach and reflect the life of Everyman, and the Heartbreakers backed up the sincerity of their lyrics with humanitarian involvement. Rex Ray, a rising star in the poster-art world as early as 1994, creates a edgy field of barely contained chaos on the world stage.
A San Francisco native, Rex Ray is an acclaimed graphic artist whose visual works include paintings, collages, prints and photographs. Ray holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and his recent work employs 1950s-styled organic shapes inspired by Pucci designs. His posters are characterized by intense, jewel-like colors, and their stylistic variety reflect his ability to adapt lettering, sly symbolism, portrait art and free-hand drawing to unique artists and music. Ray has designed album and CD covers for David Bowie and The Drown and has shown his work in solo and group exhibitions in California, Washington, Colorado and London.