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Currently on the road in celebration of their 40th anniversary, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are never short on surprises for the devoted legion of fans that turn out to see them night after night. Whether it’s dusting off a seldom heard deep cut or offering up new versions of old favorites, it’s never just business as usual for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Sunday night’s show in London was no exception!
Magic happened at last weekend’s BST Festival in Hyde Park as Petty’s longtime friend and sometimes collaborator, Stevie Nicks, twirled her way onstage to the surprise of the sea of fans who’d braved the heat to catch the show, earning screams of delight as they realized Nicks’ appearance meant a performance of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”
Fun Fact: “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” was the only song Bella Donna that was neither written or co-written by Nicks.
A well loved favorite featured on Nicks’ 1981 debut album Bella Donna that’s found Stevie and Tom sharing the stage together on and off throughout the years, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart” around is never anything short of a good time as these old friends move in and out of each other’s orbit as if they’ve been doing it their entire lives, each knowing when to push and when to pull with an ease that only comes with working with a trusted equal – so much, in fact, that they rarely have to watch what the other is doing.
After 40 years, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers than to revisit one of our favorite collaborations – check it out in the video below and as always, enjoy!