Watch: Bob Dylan honors former bandmate Tom Petty with cover of ‘Learning To Fly’
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Bob Dylan joined the growing list of artists on tour who are making sure to throw Tom Petty covers into their nightly sets in honor of the late classic rocker. Dylan and his band were at the 1stBank Center in Denver on Saturday night, where he appropriately closed out his 21-song set by covering Petty’s “Learning To Fly.”  

As seen in the fan-shot videos above and below, Dylan shows that he’s still got plenty of life left in those lungs of his as he plays the piano (standing) and singing out the lyrics to Tom’s 1991 single from his Into the Great Wide Open LP. The performance of “Learning To Fly” came at the very end of Dylan’s show on Saturday, which also saw him and his band covering Tony Bennett’s “Once Upon a Time,” in addition to a pair of Frank Sinatra tunes in “Melancholy Mood” and the seasonally appropriate “The September of My Years.”

Fans of both Dylan and Petty will remember that the two were part of the equally legendary classic rock supergroup, Traveling Wilburys, back in the late 1980s along with George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison. The band would only last two years with Orbison passing away from a heart attack in 1988. Petty’s longtime group The Heartbreakers would also act as Dylan’s backing band during his own tour in 1986.

Bob Dylan wasn’t the only rocker to pay tribute to his old friend over the weekend. A pair of famous jam bands in Umphrey’s McGee and Widespread Panic each covered a pair of Tom Petty classics on Friday with Umphrey’s opening up their New York show with “Runnin’ Down A Dream,” and the latter performing “You Wreck Me” in Milwaukee.

Dylan will continue to tour across North America until late November, but not before he closes out this year with a five-night residency at New York’s Beacon Theatre. Tickets for select shows still remaining on his fall tour are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.