Everybody Is Covering Tom Petty Songs Onstage
Tom Petty's death has left a hole in the hearts of his musical peers. As you can see from the videos below, many of them have responded by performing his songs in concert on stages all over the world.
His fellow musicians, fans and the future of rock music were also touched by his death. After his passing on Monday, tributes in words and music have poured in on social-media posts and from stages around the world. We've collected just a sampling of these musical tributes below.
The social-media tributes have come from far and wide -- from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, who dedicated his the first preview of his new Broadway show to his "long lost brother" to Petty's former Traveling Wilburys bandmate Bob Dylan, who found the news "crushing." And there were so many more: hard rockers, indie rockers, country artists, metalheads, actors, politicians and, of course, millions of fans.
So it's not surprising that such a wide variety of his peers have performed his songs in tribute over the past few days. It's notable that these covers — performed by everyone from Hanson and Little Steven to Miley Cyrus and Emmylou Harris — run the gamut of Petty's decades of hits. Certain songs receive repeated attention; several artists performed "Free Fallin'," from Petty's 1989 solo debut, Full Moon Fever. "Wildflowers" from his 1994 solo album of the same name received a bunch of love too.
Undoubtedly, many more musical tributes to Petty will be coming in the following days, weeks and months. We will update this page periodically, so be sure to check out some excellent selections below.
Watch Jason Aldean Cover "I Won't Back Down"
See more about the Saturday Night Live appearance here.
Watch the Florida Gators Cover "I Won't Back Down"
Watch Bob Weir and Friends Cover "Breakdown"
Watch Jason Isbell Cover "Even the Losers"
Watch George Strait Cover "You Wreck Me"
Watch the Killers Cover "The Waiting"
Watch the War on Drugs Cover "Here Comes My Girl"
Watch Sun Kil Moon Cover "Time to Move On"
Watch the Drive-By Truckers Cover "The Waiting"
#tbt to last night, when I got one last chance to shout back “yeah-ey-yeah” while a band I love plays this song. Thanks, @dbtph, @dbtrockshow and especially @tompettyofficial. . . . . . . . #drivebytruckers #newportmusichall #thewaiting #tompetty #concert #columbus #columbusohio #asseenincolumbus #lifeincbus A post shared by Josh Wright (@jwright442) on
Watch Conor Oberst and the Felice Brothers Cover "Walls"
Watch Ryan Bingham Cover "Southern Accents"
Watch Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul Cover of "Even the Losers"
Watch Coldplay (with Peter Buck) Cover "Free Fallin'"
Watch Wilco Cover "The Waiting"
Watch Miley Cyrus Cover "Wildflowers"
Watch Gov't Mule Cover "Breakdown"
Watch Fleet Foxes Cover "Don't Come Around Here No More"
Watch Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Dave Matthews, Patty Griffin Cover "Refugee"
Watch Against Me! Cover "Runnin' Down a Dream"
Watch Hanson Cover "Wildflowers"
Watch the String Cheese Incident Cover "You Wreck Me"
Watch Dawes Cover "Free Fallin'"
Watch the National Cover "Damaged By Love"
Damaged by Love singing Petty songs all day long. Thank you for all this incredible music. A post shared by Bryce Dessner (@brycedessner) on
Watch Phish's Mike Gordon Cover "Mary Jane's Last Dance"
Watch Father John Misty Cover "To Find a Friend"
Watch Marty Stuart Cover "Time Don't Wait" / "Runnin' Down a Dream"
Watch Old Crow Medicine Show Cover "Won't Back Down" / "Breakdown"
Watch the Lone Bellow and Mt. Joy Cover "Wildflowers"
Watch Kesha Cover "Into the Great Wide Open"
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