Tom Petty was honored last night (Friday) in Los Angeles as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year.
With Matt Damon, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh and Lars Ulrich of Metallica among the notables in the house -- and with House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Democratic Leader Nanci Pelosi seated at the same table -- more than a dozen artists payed homage to Petty. The performances ranged from all-out rocking assaults by Foo Fighters, Gary Clark Junior and Cage the Elephant to the softer stylings of Randy Newman, Norah Jones, Don Henley and Lucinda Williams.
Following Petty's emotional 12-minute acceptance speech, in which he talked about cynicism, fame, his past and and rock and roll's future, he and The Heartbreakers took the stage for their own set. They brought out The Bangles, Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison and Stevie Nicks, who not only dueted with Petty on "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" but also sang the less-known "Insider," which Petty said he wrote for her.
Recording Academy head Neil Portnow announced that the event had raised a record-breaking $8.5 million dollars for MusiCares, which provides financial, medical and personal assistance to musicians in need.
Who Played What:
Randy Newman - "Refugee"
George Strait - "You Wreck Me"
Elle King - "American Girl"
Taj Mahal (with Mike Campbell) - "Hometown Blues"
Norah Jones - "Time to Move On" and "You Don't Know How It Feels"
Foo Fighters - "Honey Bee"
Foo Fighters and Gary Clark Junior - "Breakdown"
The Lumineers - "Walls"
Cage the Elephant - "Mary Jane's Last Dance"
Jackson Browne - "The Waiting" and "Learning to Fly"
Lucinda Williams (with Benmont Tench) - "Rebels"
Gary Clark Junior - "Good Enough"
Regina Spektor- "I Forgive It All" (Mudcrutch song, with Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench)
Lucinda Williams (with Benmont Tench) - "Southern Accents"
Jakob Dylan - "Love Is a Long Road"
The Head and the Heart - "You Got Lucky"
Don Henley - "Free Fallin'"
The Shelters - "Listen to Her Heart"
Chris Hillman and Herb Peterson - "Wildflowers"
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "Waiting for Tonight" (with The Bangles) and "Don't Come Around Here No More" (with The Bangles)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (with Stevie Nicks and The Bangles)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "Insider" (with Stevie Nicks)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "I Won't Back Down" (with Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "Runnin' Down a Dream" (with The Bangles)'