Watch Tom Petty’s “For Real” Covered By Willie Nelson, Jakob Dylan, and Dhani Harrison
An All-Star Tribute
Willie Nelson, with his sons Micah and Lukas, along with Jakob Dylan, Dhani Harrison, and Amos Lee teamed up to cover Tom Petty’s song “For Real.” Petty recorded the original version back in August 2000 but it remain unreleased until last February 2019 when it was featured on the career-spanning posthumous album “The Best of Everything.” The all-star lineup of musicians dubbed their new rendition as “For Real – For Tom.”
Lukas Nelson told Rolling Stone, “When I first was sent this song asking if I wanted to record it, I was quite frankly dumbfounded. It was the whole manifesto of our band [Promise of the Real] in a song. It just shows how connected artists who have integrity are with others who share the same passion and fire for being honest with their soul. Fearless and real.”
Directed by Peter Harding, the accompanying video showed snippets of their recording sessions. Dylan also shared about his fond memories of watching Petty’s performances as a kid. He said, “[M]ost of what I put together of what I wanted to do in the future I probably learned in those summers watching him and The Heartbreakers play. I got to sit next to his amplifiers so I not only got to watch him, I also got to watch the crowd, and to see what the band was doing with their inside conversations. It was a great schooling.”
All net proceeds from this release will benefit the Midnight Mission which is a homeless shelter and homeless services provider that Tom Petty supported for years.