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Tom Petty: 10 Great Performances

From classic Heartbreakers gigs to duets with Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan and Axl Rose

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"American Girl" (2017)

In a sadly fortuitous move, Petty and the Heartbreakers billed this past summer’s 40th-anniversary tour as their last big tour. They certainly made the most of the opportunity: The band, in top-notch form, tore through a monumental set, typically starting out with "Rockin' Around (With You)," the first song on their debut album, and always ending with an encore performance of "American Girl." The final gig ended with an extended instrumental coda and a bow. Even to the end, Petty was a consummate showman. "If I was a fan and they didn't play 'American Girl' or 'Free Fallin,'' I'd be disappointed," he told Rolling Stone.

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