Tom Petty: 10 Great Performances

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

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"Breakdown" (1985)

In the summer of 1985, when he took the stage at L.A.'s Wiltern Theatre for a two-night stand that resulted in his group's first live album, Pack Up the Plantation: Live!, Petty had been through a trying period. Original bassist Ron Blair left the group during the grinding sessions for 1985's Southern Accents, during which Petty became so frustrated he infamously punched a wall and broke his left hand. The Wiltern gigs though showed no signs of wear and tear on Petty and the band, though: The group broke out obscure covers, brought out Stevie Nicks and tore through whiplash renditions of hits including their early hit "Breakdown." 

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