Kesha is currently in the early part of her North American fall tour in support of her latest album, Rainbow. In the wake of Tom Petty’s sudden and shocking death earlier this week, the “Praying” singer took to her musical talents to honor one of her rock heroes by covering his famous “Into the Great Wide Open” during her show at Boston’s House of Blues on Wednesday.
As seen in the video above, Kesha takes to the mic to briefly vent on all the tragic news stories that are taking its toll on even the biggest pop stars in music.
“Not trying to be a downer but I think this is one of the most beautiful songs ever written,” she can be heard saying as the familiar opening guitar riff to Petty’s 1991 single plays in the background. “And I want to pay my respect.”
Her stripped down performance alongside her guitar player seemed to be a nice nod to the late Petty, as the audience can be heard singing along and sharing their grief for one of music’s most popular songwriters. Kesha is just one of many current artists who turned to music to remember Petty, who just wrapped up his own 40th Anniversary summer tour a week prior to his death. Father John Misty, Wilco and Coldplay each gave Petty their own musical tributes throughout the past week.
Kesha kicked on her 21-date North American run back on Sept. 26 in Birmingham, AL. She toured throughout the summer last year with her band, The Creepies, but this was her first concert run in promotion of a new album since her 2013-2015 tour in support of her last LP in Warrior. The singer will stay out on the road until Nov. 1, when she'll close out her fall leg with a final show in Petty’s longtime home city of Los Angeles. Tickets for select shows on her remaining Rainbow tour dates are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here.