Ahead of a new two-disc retrospective release, an unreleased song by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was released – listen below. ‘For Real’ features on the forthcoming retrospective ‘The Best of Everything’ which consists of 38 tracks. The box set, described as ‘An American Treasure’, celebrates the late musician who passed away in 2017 at the age of 66 from cardiac arrest. Geffen Records/UME stated: Rather than chronological order, the special cross-label collection was sequenced as a hard-hitting playlist giving the entire catalog equal prominence.” Bob Dylan paid his respects to Petty and wrote: “It’s shocking, crushing news. I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.” Petty’s 1989 ‘Full Moon Fever’ was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame earlier this year. The full box set will be released on the 1st of next month.
The comedian Tim Heidecker recently teamed up with The War on Drugs in the Tower Theatre, Pennsylvania to perform a cover of Tom Petty’s ‘Straight Into Darkness’. They also played Heidecker’s Yellow River Boys track, ‘Hot Piss’. Petty was celebrated earlier this year when his hometown of Gainesville, Florida named a local park after the late artist. The ceremony was held on what would have been his 68th birthday. “Gainesville is an extraordinary place and if you listen to my dad’s music here, it has a different meaning,” the artist’s daughter, Adria Petty added. Watch Heidecker and The War on Drug’s performance below.