Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers just finished up an epic 11-show run, split between New York’s Beacon Theater and the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood.
And for those expecting the band to cruise through their biggest hits, concertgoers were instead treated to several rarities — such as “Wall” from the She’s the One soundtrack and the gem “Billy the Kid” off 1999′s Echo — and covers galore.
Some of those covers included J.J. Cale’s “Thirteen Days,” “Willin’” from Little Feat and an unexpected version of Grateful Dead staple “Friend of the Devil.” When asked about the choice to cover the Dead, Petty said it all stemmed from the the mind of guitarist MIke Campbell.
“Mike is a huge Grateful Dead fan,” Petty told Rolling Stone. “He started playing that one and taught it to the rest of us. That was back in the 1990s at the Fillmore. We put it out on the live anthology record a few years ago. I thought, ‘Yeah, that’s doable. That’s a really good song.’”
But is Petty a big fan of the iconic jam band?
“Not like Mike is,” he noted. “I like some of the Dead, but I don’t know them like a hardcore fan would.”
For a taste of the Heartbreakers’ special selections, check out fan-shot footage of “Friend of the Devil” below and visit Petty’s official website for tour dates.