Watch Tom Petty’s Final Hollywood Bowl Performance Before His Death
Tom Petty has died at the age of 66 after going into full cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu.
This comes one week after the legendary musician wrapped a tour, which ended at the Hollywood Bowl on Sep. 25. The concert concluded with “American Girl,” after which Petty and the Heartbreakers took a bow as the audience went absolutely wild. Before walking off stage, Tom Petty said to the crowd, “Thank you all so much. God bless ‘ya. Good night.” He also told fans that evening, “I want to thank you for 40 years of a really great time.”
Numerous videos from this concert have been uploaded to YouTube, but you can watch his final performance in the embedded player below.
Speaking to CBS News, reporter Sophie Schillaci said that this show was “really an incredible performance. He played all his hits. He sounded amazing, he looked great, he seemed incredibly upbeat.”
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were touring this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their debut record. They wrapped up the tour with three concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, the last of which was on Monday, Sep. 25. The New York Daily News gave the first of these three concerts a positive review, writing that the show “captured the magic of those four decades of spirited rock ‘n’ roll.” They also reported that Petty said to the crowd before he finished, “I want to thank you so much for 40 really good years.”
Variety wrote in its review of the tour, “Petty remains the perfect combination of an everyman who is One of Us and a rock superstar definitely not One of Us…his slow-drawling, almost stoner-like asides creating the most relaxed possible atmosphere for the audience, even as those shades hide the sharp eyes of one of rock’s most historically astute craftsmen.”
Heading into this 40th anniversary tour, Petty said that he and the Heartbreakers planned to keep performing, though he expected this to be their last tour around the entire United States.
“I’m thinking it may be the last trip around the country,” Petty told Rolling Stone. “It’s very likely we’ll keep playing, but will we take on 50 shows in one tour? I don’t think so. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was thinking this might be the last big one. We’re all on the backside of our sixties. I have a granddaughter now I’d like to see as much as I can. I don’t want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that’s a lot of time.”
After Tom Petty’s death was reported on Monday, many fans took to Twitter to express their shock that they had seen what turned out to be the musician’s final performance.
I watched Tom Petty perform at The Hollywood Bowl 10 days ago. He was inspired and tore it down. He smiled through every song.
— Sean Fennessey (@SeanFennessey) October 2, 2017
— BeenyR (@ibbeenyr) October 2, 2017
Just saw Tom Petty last week @ The Hollywood Bowl and now he's gone. :( RIP
— JW (@KetsugoJW) October 2, 2017
— DSMitchellArt (@DSMitchellArt) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty just died! I was so blessed to see him last week at the Hollywood Bowl. He reached into the audience and engaged soul-to-soul. RIP
— Colleen Passard (@ColleenPassard) October 2, 2017
UPDATE: This article has been edited to reflect the fact that CBS retracted its original report about Tom Petty’s death.