Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers reunited for Grammy honor
LOS ANGELES (AP) Tom Petty got his band the Heartbreakers back together for a high-class gig to launch Grammy weekend.
Foo Fighters, Don Henley, Norah Jones, Gary Clark Jr., Jackson Browne, the Head and the Heart, and George Strait were among those honoring the 66-year-old singer-songwriter as MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday night.
Petty was toasted for his musical achievements and philanthropic work two days before the Grammy Awards.
It was quite the star-studded rehearsal for the Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour that begins April 20 in Oklahoma City.
After watching from backstage as other artists performed his music, Petty strapped on a guitar for "Waiting for Tonight" with the Bangles as his backup singers. Original Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, along with drummer Steve Ferrone, shared the stage.
During "Don't Come Around Here No More" Petty invited the crowd to dance in front of the stage and actress Helen Mirren was one of hundreds who made her way to the front.