2017 looks to be a pretty epic year for the legendary guitarist and singer Tom Petty. In addition to he and his Heartbreakers bandmates kicking off their 40th Anniversary Tour on April 20, the iconic songwriter was also the recipient of the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year Award.
Petty was honored by some of his famous friends on Friday night at the Annual MusiCares Person of the Year Gala, which took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The 27th running of the annual event is one of the most prestigious events held during Grammy week leading up to music’s biggest night. Some of his fellow musicians who were in attendance to help make the evening special for Petty and everyone in attendance included the Foo Fighters, Don Henley, Norah Jones, Stevie Nicks, The Bangles, Gary Clark Jr., Elle King, Regina Spektor, and Petty’s former Traveling Wilburys bandmate, Jeff Lynne.
What was maybe the most special moment of the night, was when Lynne and Petty took the stage to perform Petty’s 1989 classic hit, “I Won’t Back Down.” As seen in the video below, the two former bandmates didn’t seem to have any problem giving the old song some fresh legs to dance on.
The Traveling Wilbury’s were a guitar playing supergroup formed in 1988 and last only two years, but consisted of maybe the most impressive band lineup in music history. The band was made up of Petty, Lynne, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, and George Harrison. The group disbanded in 1990 following the death of Orbison two years prior.
Petty also performed “Stop Draggin' My Heart Around” with longtime musical muse Stevie Nicks. A clip of their performance can be watched in the other video below.
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Huge thank you to @musicares ... not only for everything you do to help people in the world, but what you've done for my family. What an honor to sing American Girl celebrating @tompettyofficial tonight. Can I also take a second to say how obsessed I am with @larkinpoe !!! These girls shred and kick ass. Tonight was unforgettable. Thank you for letting me be a part of it!!!