For the first time since the untimely passing of their frontman Tom Petty, The Heartbreakers have stepped back into the spotlight with the assistance of music chameleon Beck, as pointed out by Stereogum.
The band performed for Autism Speaks’ Light Up The Blues benefit concert on Sunday night. The previously unannounced Beck performed on stage backed by Heartbreakers bandmates Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench and Steve Ferrone as they played Beck’s “Guess I’m Doing Fine” and the classic “Where It’s At.”
The event was star-studded, with musical luminaries like Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Burt Bacharach and Judy Collins lending their name to the cause.
Beck wasn’t the only artist the Heartbreakers backed, as they also joined fellow music legends Stephen Stills (on a rousing rendition of Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”) and Patti Smith (on “Because of the Night”).
It was nice to see and hear the band soldiering on after Petty’s unexpected passing. Watch a couple of clips from The Heartbreakers’ performances below, and see the band’s 1994 acoustic performance at the Shoreline Amphitheatre via the Paste Cloud further down. You can also revisit all the musical tributes that poured out in the immediate wake of Petty’s death right here.