At the penultimate show of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers’ recently completed six-show residency at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, the band dug deep for a cover they hadn’t performed since 2005. Fourteen songs into the Sunday night set, Petty and his band delivered a stirring version of Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door by Tom’s old Traveling Wilburys’ band mate Bob Dylan.
[Photo by Chad Anderson]
Petty’s history with Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door dates back to The Heartbreakers’ mid ’80s tours with Dylan. Tom once said this about backing Dylan in 1986 and 1987, “He gave us a kind of courage that we never had, to learn something quickly and go out on stage and play it. You had to be pretty versatile because arrangements could change, keys might change, there’s just no way of knowing exactly what he wants to do each night. You really learnt the value of spontaneity, of how a moment that is real in a concert is worth so much more than one you plan out.” The Heartbreakers brought Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door into their live repertoire in 1989 and played it sporadically through 2005. Following six versions in the Summer of ’05, the band shelved the tune until Sunday night.
Watch fan-shot footage of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers’ Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door…