Watch Tom Petty Close His Final Performance With Incredible Rendition of ‘American Girl’

A variety of music legends expressed their condolences upon Petty’s passing.

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After the dissemination of an erroneous report spawned widespread confusion Monday afternoon, it was finally confirmed that Tom Petty passed away at age 66 by his longtime manager.

Many responded to the news with “in memoriam” posts across social media. Bruce Springsteen, Def Leopard, Pearl Jam, Paul McCartney and other rock stars gave their condolences to the pioneering musician and his family.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had concluded a 40th anniversary tour just a week before the frontman’s sudden death. The last two songs of their final show at the Hollywood Bowl were captured in a fan-shot video.

The band chugs through an abbreviated version of “You Wreck Me” from Petty’s 1994 solo album, Wildflowers, before he addresses the audience. 

“I want to thank you all for coming out tonight,” Petty proclaims over a cheering crowd. “We love you dearly. I want to thank you for 40 years of a really great time.” 

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers jam through a seven-minute rendition of “American Girl” from the band’s self-titled debut album to close out the performance.  

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RIP to another rock legend.