Watch Tom Petty (RIP) and the Heartbreakers Perform Their Last Song Together, “American Girl”: Recorded on 9/25/17

It was already a ter­ri­ble day. Then came the news (retract­ed, then lat­er sad­ly con­firmed by The New York Times and the BBC) that Tom Pet­ty has passed away at the age of 66. The cause, appar­ent­ly a heart attack. This sum­mer, I trav­eled to Philadel­phia to see my first Tom Pet­ty show, know­ing it might be, as he said, his “last trip around the coun­try,” the final big tour. And I’m so glad I did. What more could I say? It was a won­der­ful show, a mag­i­cal two-hour sin­ga­long, which end­ed with “Amer­i­can Girl,” one of my favorites.

Above, you can see Tom Pet­ty and the Heart­break­ers play their last song together–again “Amer­i­can Girl”–at their final gig at the Hol­ly­wood Bowl. This video was record­ed just last week.

If you’ve nev­er giv­en their music a seri­ous lis­ten, just click play on the playlist below. It might be one of the best wall-to-wall hours in music.

via Rolling Stone

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