Tom Petty: 10 Great Performances

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

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“Tweeter and the Monkey Man" (2013)

Rather than trot out the hits like most musicians his age, in 2013 Petty made it his mission over a series of 11 shows at New York's Beacon Theater L.A.'s Fonda Theatre to build his concerts around rarities. He performed "Rebels," "Wildflowers" and "A Woman in Love (It's Not Me), but one of the biggest surprises was "Tweeter and the Monkey Man," a Traveling Wilburys tune he penned with Bob Dylan. "No one has ever done it. So I just thought, 'This would be interesting to try,'" Petty said shortly after the gigs. Of its original conception the singer recalled Wilburys bandmates George Harrison and Jeff Lynne thinking the song was "just too American," so him and Dylan "just sat there for most of the afternoon, and then we edited it down the next day."

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