Tom Petty was feted by friends and fellow musicians on Friday (February 10), as he was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year with a Grammy Week gala at the Los Angeles Convention Center. During a gracious acceptance speech (video below) Petty noted that, "Twenty years ago, I would have been too cynical to do this, but I'm 66 now...It's a great honor."
Petty, who's celebrate the 40-year anniversary of the debut album by his band the Heartbreakers this year, performed with the group at the event, playing "Waiting For Tonight" and "Don't Come Around Here No More" with the Bangles, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" and "Insider" with Stevie Nicks, "I Won't Back Down" with Traveling Wilburys mate Jeff Lynne and George Harrison's son Dhani, and "Runnin' Down A Dream" with just the Heartbreakers.
Others playing Petty songs during the night included Don Henley, Foo Fighters, Randy Newman, Jackson Brown, Jakob Dylan, Cage The Elephant and more.
Petty was the 27th MusiCares Person of the Year, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said the gala raised $8.5 million for the charity, which helps musicians in need of medical and financial aid. Some past MusiCares galas have been released on home video, but there's no word yet about Petty's event.
Petty and the Heartbreakers kick off a tour on April 20 in Oklahoma City that will take them into late July.
The full list of performances at the gala included:
"Refugee" - Randy Newman
"You Wreck Me" - George Strait
"American Girl" - Elle King
"Hometown Blues" - Taj Mahal
"Time To Move On" - Norah Jones
"You Don’t Know How It Feels" - Norah Jones
"Honey Bee" - Foo Fighters
"Breakdown" - Foo Fighters and Gary Clark Jr.
"Walls" - The Lumineers
"Mary Jane's Last Dance" - Cage The Elephant
"The Waiting" - Jackson Browne
"Learning To Fly" - Jackson Browne
"Rebels" - Lucinda Williams
"Good Enough" - Gary Clark Jr.
"I Forgive It All" - Regina Spektor
"Southern Accents" - Lucinda Williams
"Love Is A Long Road" - Jakob Dylan
"You Got Lucky" - The Head And The Heart
"Listen To Her Heart" - The Shelters
"Free Fallin'" - Don Henley
"Wildflowers" - Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen
"Waiting For Tonight" - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with The Bangles
"Don’t Come Around Here No More" - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with The Bangles
"Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around" - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Stevie Nicks
"Insider" - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Stevie Nicks
"I Won’t Back Down" - Jeff Lynne with Dhani Harrison and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
"Runnin’ Down A Dream" - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Watch 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year Tom Petty's full remarks at the tribute gala in his honor on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles in recognition of his extraordinary creative accomplishments and philanthropic endeavors. Hosted by Ed Helms, the tribute concert featured performances by Elle King, Norah Jones, Foo Fighters, the Lumineers, Stevie Nicks, and Lucinda Williams, among others.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.