The unlikely pairing happened during The War on Drugs’ show in Pennsylvania last night (December 21).
They first treated the Tower Theatre crowd to a performance Heidecker’s 2013 Yellow River Boys track ‘Hot Piss’ before breaking into their own rendition of Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker’s song ‘Straight into Darkness’. Heidecker also helped out on guitar during the latter. Watch it all unfold below.
Earlier this year, Tom Petty’s hometown of Gainesville, Florida celebrated the songwriter by naming a local park after him.
The ceremony was held on what would have been Petty’s 68th birthday. Petty’s daughter, Adria, and his brother, Bruce, attended the event and spoke to fans, sharing memories of Petty’s youth.
According to The Gainesville Sun, Bruce Petty said that he and Tom grew up in the park. “We played as kids. My cousin reminded me the other day of my remark that it was a sanctuary, and it really was,” he continued. “It was a place for us to escape and be kids and have fun. The fact that we are doing this today and the part that we played in it makes it so much more special.”
“Gainesville is an extraordinary place and if you listen to my dad’s music here, it has a different meaning,” Adria Petty added. “The idea of the air smelling good and the trees are green — there is nothing like this park to really illustrate that. ‘Gainesville’ has been blasting in my head since I landed… It’s a very important town to Florida.
“Florida is a really beautiful and complex state and (Gainesville) fosters a lot of intelligence and compassion and incredible manners and incredible decency.”