It was a sad time in many respects a few weeks ago. The tragedy in Las Vegas was of course the biggest story in the world, but rock and roll also lost a great legend in Tom Petty, a bit of news that otherwise would have been the lead story across the country.
Petty’s music was extremely accessible, and people of all ages, colors and creeds know at least some of his work. Music fans around the world mourned the loss of the skeletal rocker, gone at the age of 66.
Now, the music community in Concord is ready to pay tribute to one of the most successful musicians of his generation with a tribute show at NEC Concord on Saturday.
“We had a Stones tribute all booked for November but we quickly moved the December Petty tribute up and the Stones will be in December,” said Rob Azevedo, moderator and host of the “Granite State of Mind” show at NEC Concord.
Since the Petty tribute was already planned for later in the year, his unexpected death made everyone want to do something as soon as possible.
“I feel like this is a must,” he said. “Stones can wait.”
The free show will begin at 5:30 p.m., with doors opening at 5. Given the subject, this will likely be a standing-room-only crowd, Azevedo said, so it would be wise to get there early.
Among the evening’s performers will be:
Chris Peters: “Free Fallin’ ” / “You Got Lucky”
Jade Marie: “Yer So Bad”
Walker Smith: “Great Wide Open” / “Wildflowers”
Jasmine Mann: “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”
Matt Byrnes: “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”
Don Bartenstein: “Breakdown” / “Handle With Care”
Joe Messineo: “You Wreck Me” / “Even The Losers”
Plus more. Don’t miss it!