Tom Petty keyboardist says his upcoming show is “absolutely not” a Heartbreakers reunion

Fans are still wondering whether any fellow bandmates will turn up

Benmont Tench, the former keyboardist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, has said that there won’t be a band reunion at his upcoming show.

Petty sadly passed away in October 2017 at the age of 66. It was confirmed earlier this year that the rock legend died from an accidental drug overdose.

Just one week before his death, Petty played his last ever gig with the Heartbreakers at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Last year, the band headlined British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park.

Now, a Benmont Tench solo show has been announced, set to take place in LA. The gig is being billed as “Benmont Tench and (hopefully!) Friends” – leading fans to question whether it could include members of the Heartbreakers.

When asked on Twitter about the possibility of a reunion, however, Tench quickly shut down the rumours.

“Absolutely not,” he said. “It means I hope some of my friends show up to play along, but who knows? It definitely does not mean any Heartbreakers.”

Fans are still holding out hope, though.

Tench’s sold-out show takes place at Largo at the Coronet in LA on April 28.

Last year, Beck was among the many musicians to pay tribute to Petty – while revealing that he was in the crowd at the Heartbreakers’ final show.

“The [Heartbreakers] really were an LA band, just as much as The Beach Boys,” he said. “Their music was an idealisation of even the banal parts of LA. This sort of beautiful summer day in the Valley, that kind of feeling. If you grew up here, it’s like losing family.”