As we continue to celebrate Tom Petty Week here at Hi-Top and we gear up to the big reveal of the conclusion of the Hi-Top Top 50 Greatest Tom Petty Songs let’s take a moment to reflect on some other Tom Petty cultural moments that were as equally great as some of his songs but didn’t quite fit onto our countdown.
Hi-Top Top 5 Random Tom Petty Moments
5. 1989 VMA Performance with Axl & Izzy
The genius of Tom Petty and is music is that it’s utterly universal. He’s as equally at home with Jerry Garcia as he is with Roy Orbison or Rick Rubin or even Axl & Izzy at the height of their Guns days. (Even if Axl’s voice was way too high in the sound mix)
4. Traveling Wilburys
First off I don’t think there has ever been a true appreciation of just how amazing and special the moment in time of the Wilburys was. Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty (and Jeff Lynne too I suppose) and the craziest thing is that Petty never seemed out of place. He was these guys junior by decades but he fit right in. And it’s not just that these guys got together it’s that they unleashed a couple of absolute classic tunes.
3. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
Prince steals the show here but it was Petty who set the tone at the start of this George Harrison tribute.
2. The Heartbreakers Back Dylan
The Heartbreakers spent a few years on the road as Bob Dylan’s backing band and while I’m no Dylan Super Fan there’s no denying the power of the mix of these two entities. And I have to believe the experience led to a lot of what Petty went on to do in the 1990s.
1. Super Bowl 42
No covers. No guest stars. Just pure rock n roll classics by the Petty & the Heartbreakers.