The music world lost another legendary artist last night when Tom Petty passed away after going into cardiac arrest. He was 66 years old.
While the unexpected passing of the musician is devastating to many fans, some have been looking back at the good times he brought to Chicago.
DNA Info has a rundown of Tom Petty’s last Chicago performance at Wrigley Field on June 29th, 2017.
The 40th anniversary tour spanned an entire career, with Petty and the Heartbreakers playing hits like “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Refugee” and “Free Fallin’.”
While this performance is fresh in the minds of many fans (with Youtube videos galore to help with the memories), James Van Osdol at WLUP has the scoop on his first Chicago performance.
On February 23rd, 1977, Petty played Chicago for the first time, not too far from where his final performance here would be at the Ivanhoe Theatre (3000 N Clark St.). That set included early hits such as “American Girl,” “I Need to Know” and even included a Chuck Berry cover.
For the truly dedicated fans out there, check out this live performance from 1995 on “Wildflowers” tour.