Tom Petty in 1987
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Tom Petty's 70th Birthday Bash: Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Rick Rubin & More
Today, Oct. 20, would have been Tom Petty's 70th birthday. To celebrate the music and legacy of the GRAMMY-winning rock hero, his estate is throwing a fittingly star-studded livestream concert on Fri., Oct. 23.
The fourth annual Tom Petty's Birthday Bash festival goes virtual this year, featuring performances and speeches from his friends and fans, including Stevie Nicks, Lenny Kravitz, Eddie Vedder, Rick Rubin, The Flaming Lips, Brandi Carlile, Norah Jones, Beck and many more. The five-hour extravaganza is free and is raising awareness and donations for the National Independent Venue Association's Save Our Stages Fund, MusiCares, Arts In Medicine and Digitunity.
The annual concert was launched in the "Free Fallin'" singer's hometown of Gainesville, Fla. in 2017 just weeks after he died, as a celebration of his life and timeless tunes. This year's birthday party will begin on SiriusXM's Tom Petty Radio (which he helped launch in 2015) from 4:30-7:00 p.m. ET. It will feature performances from Grouplove, Jason Isbell, The Killers, Kurt Vile, the Raconteurs, the Arts In Medicine Hospital Band and others.
From 7:00-9:30 p.m. ET, the festivities will move over to Amazon Music's Twitch Channel and TomPetty.com, with an audio simulcast on SiriusXM. This show will feature Vedder, Kravitz, Nicks, the Flaming Lips, Foo Fighters, the Heartbreakers' guitarist Mike Campbell, Post Malone, Chris Stapleton, Emily King, Gary Clark Jr., Jackson Browne, Lucinda Williams, Lukas Nelson, Margo Price and more. Music mogul Jimmy Iovine, actor Kiefer Sutherland, super producer Rubin, Olivia Harrison and Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction will also appear.
The news follows the release of Petty's Wildflowers & All The Rest on Fri., Oct. 16. It's a long-awaited reissue of his 1994 Rubin-co-produced album, yet the first time it was released as the artist intended, a 25-track double album.