The Life of Tom Petty

Tom Petty tribute concert being held in Cobb on Thursday

About a week after the death of Tom Petty, among America’s greatest rockers, some local bands are honoring the legend with a tribute concert.

Bands will play at Two Birds Taphouse, 52 Powder Springs St. right off the Marietta Square, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The concert was announced by the Square’s Facebook page on Wednesday.

Tom Petty performs during the “Mojo Tour” at Madison Square Garden in New York in 2010. Petty died Oct. 2, 2017, in Los Angeles. He was 66. 
Photo: Contributed by Chad Batka/The New York Times

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The bands shouldn’t want for tunes to play considering the staggering amount of hits Florida-born Petty created in his 66 years.

From a nascent nasally rocker in Gainesville, Petty bounded across the country, onto radios throughout the world and eventually into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 as Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

After initially erroneous reports, Petty was declared dead of a heart attack on Oct. 2 at UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center. He was found unconscious in his Malibu home. 

The bands playing Petty tunes on Thursday will be The Chip McGuire BandThe Hearsay and Battlefield Collective.

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