Gov’t Mule, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson & Others Among Musicians Honoring Tom Petty


Legendary rock musician Tom Petty died yesterday at the age of 66. Petty’s unexpected death was met with several musical tributes last night as acts such as Gov’t Mule, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, Dawes and Coldplay with Peter Buck each performed classic hits written by The Heartbreakers’ frontman.

Gov’t Mule held a concert Monday night at Houston’s House Of Blues. Guitarist Warren Haynes led the quartet through a first set bust out cover of Petty’s “Breakdown,” which Mule had not played since August 2016. Audience-shot video of the Petty tribute was captured by Space City Shows 2, watch it below:

Dave Matthews made a surprise appearance at an event at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California last night as part of the Safeway Open golf tournament. Matthews’ solo set included an acoustic rendition of Petty’s “Runnin’ Down A Dream.” It was purportedly the first solo Dave cover of the classic song, which Dave Matthews Band last played live in 2013. Here’s a portion of the cover captured by diwhite:

And here’s a clip provided by robmeder:

Jack Johnson played the first of two shows at St. Augustine Amphitheatre in Petty’s home state of Florida on Monday night. Johnson led a cover of “I Won’t Back Down” and later welcomed opening act Bahamas to join in on “You Don’t Know How It Feels” with the band’s frontman Afie Jurvanen sharing vocal duties. Watch audience-shot video of the covers below:

[I Won’t Back Down | Captured by igersjax]

[You Don’t Know How It Feels | Captured by Anthony Tucker]

Dawes opened for Kings Of Leon at Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver Monday evening. The band’s set featured their cover of “Free Fallin,’” a brief portion of which was recorded by elacorn, check that out here:

R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was a special guest of Coldplay during the latter’s show at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. The collaboration went down at the onset of the show as Coldplay’s frontman Chris Martin followed a minute of silence for the victims of the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas with a performance of Petty’s “Free Fallin.’” Watch the show opening tribute to Petty below: