Watch Rock Legend Tom Petty Play His Last Show Just a Week Before He Died

Tom Petty in Concert

By Ирина Лепнёва (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

On October 2, 2017, the world lost Tom Petty, the legendary musician who lead Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for over 40 years. The cause of his death was sudden—cardiac arrest—and left many music fans stunned over his untimely passing. In fact, the band had just finished an anniversary tour on September 25 with a performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their first album in 1976. Over the course of their long career, the band had many hits that spoke to people both young and old. Known for songs like “American Girl” and “Don’t Do Me Like That,” their melodies are so ingrained in American culture that it’s easy to sing right along. And with lyrics about falling in love and growing up, they speak to fans throughout the different stages of their lives.

Stephen Rodrick of Rolling Stone did an interview with Petty during his final tour, while the band was in Denver. During their conversation, Petty says that he“savors” each show a little more. “I've really enjoyed being onstage so much, this tour. I don't know exactly why, but it's so much fun, you know?” he admitted to Rolling Stone. “This is an extraordinary bunch of musicians. It's very rare. I don't think that's always been in the front of our minds, but lately, it feels that way.” His legacy inspires others to find that same passion in their lives.

Watch the band perform their last song together, “American Girl,” below. And for more Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, take a 17-hour chronological journey through their entire discography via Spotify (also below).

On October 2, 2017, the world lost legendary rocker, Tom Petty.


His band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, had been together since 1976.

Tom Petty in Concert

By ABC/Shelter Records (eBayfrontback) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The group had just finished their 40th anniversary tour on September 25, 2017. This video captures them performing their final song together, “American Girl.”

For more Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, take a 17-hour chronological tour through their entire discography:

Musicians are also paying tribute to Petty by covering his greatest hits. Here's one of our favorites.

Miley Cyrus and her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, cover “Wildflower”:

The Florida Gators cover “I Won't Back Down”:

Florida Gators Sing Tom Petty's “I Won't Back Down” from videos

h/t: [Open Culture]

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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