Bleachers' lead singer Jack Antonoff paid a visit to ALT 98.7 studios in Los Angeles on Monday just as news broke about Tom Petty suffering cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu.
Everyone was in shock as word got around the office. At that moment, Jack decided to grab his guitar and with no prep, stepped up to the mic to pay tribute to the legendary rocker. He performed a cover of "Don't Come Around Here No More" for a small group of staffers that had gathered.
We caught this very raw moment on video to share with music fans everywhere who are mourning the loss of a rock and roll legend.
Jack took to social media a few hours later to express his sorrow over the loss of Petty, explaining in a series of tweets how he "changed my life."
We learned that Jack had a very specific reason for choosing to cover "Don't Come Around Here No More" during his visit. It was the Tom Petty song that meant the most to him. That particular song's complexities influenced his own songwriting. In fact, there's a nod to Petty "in everything I've ever written," revealed Jack.
We hope that Jack's tribute brings you comfort during this sad time. Rest in peace Tom Petty.