Musicians are sending off rock legend Tom Petty with sounds of his iconic music.
Following conflicting reports, rock legend Petty died at age 66 on Monday night. His death has left the music world reeling, and several stars are paying tribute, not only by tweeting their memories of the musician, but by singing his songs. Petty had just finished a 40th anniversary tour with the Heartbreakers.
At their concert in Portland, Oregon, Monday night, Coldplay sang a cover of Petty’s 1988 hit “Free Fallin'” with former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck. The band also opened the show with a moment of silence for those who lost their lives in the Las Vegas massacre on Sunday at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Following the minute of silence, Peter Buck joined the band for this wonderful rendition of Freefalling by Tom Petty.
— Coldplay (@coldplay) October 3, 2017
Over in Baltimore, Little Steven Van Zandt paid tribute with the Disciples of Soul at his Monday night concert with a rendition of “Even the Losers” from Petty’s 1979 album “Damn the Torpedoes.”
Sheryl Crow also got in on the live tributes during a performance Monday night at the espnW Women + Sports Summit.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t say that we’re all playing with really heavy hearts tonight not only about Vegas but we–just losing somebody we loved so much and has inspired us,” Crow said as she opened her performance.
“I think it’s always a great opportunity just to be in the room with each other when other people are going on to the great beyond,” she said. “We’re playing in Tom Petty’s memory,” she added before saying that Petty’s playing style inspired her song “If It Makes You Happy.”
Watch Crow’s performance above.