Watch The Heartbreakers play for the first time since Tom Petty's death

Music 24/04/2018

Three members of the Heartbreakers reunited on stage over the weekend for the first time since Tom Petty's death in October last year.

Guitarist Mike Campbell, keyboardist Benmont Tench and drummer Steve Ferrone joined Stephen Stills’ fifth annual Light Up the Blues charity event, which also featured Neil Young. The Heartbreakers played alongside Stills and Patti Smith before taking part in the night’s finale.

After Tom Pett's sudden death last year, Campbell and Tench wrote messages to thank people for the support.

“Your condolences have been a life saver for me,” Campbell said. “This has been so surprising and devastating for me and the band as I know it has been for you. It will take a long time before I get over this. I will carry on for myself and all of you who love the music.” Campbell also said that he’d be “eternally grateful” for the time he’d spent with Petty.

Tench said the weeks following Petty's death had been “awful” and continued: “What I do want to tell you is how much I appreciate your kindness and support. I’ve had the opportunity to hear from and speak with many of you, both in person in Los Angeles and New York, and through social media. You have been a great source of comfort. This band, and the extended family Tom gathered around him, is a strong and loving group of people, and we’re all very tight, and all leaning on each other. Love will certainly see us all through this.”

He said that he’d learned many lessons from Petty and aimed to continue applying them “going forward, in whatever ‘forward’ might be.”