Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks reunited for a rendition of their 1981 duet “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’ in London on July 9, 2017. Nicks was the opening act for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at their concert at Hyde Park in London, part of their 40th Anniversary Tour.
Nicks opened the concert with solo hits and songs from her Fleetwood Mac songbook, including “Dreams” and “Gold Dust Woman.” She also sang “Crying In The Night" from her pre-fame days when she struggled to get by as a waitress in L.A. She told the audience, “Dreams do come true. Because 44 years later you can sing a song you thought nobody would ever hear in Hyde Park in London, England," according to a BBC article.
Petty stated, “We’re going to look at the show like it’s a giant one-sided vinyl and we’re going to drop the needle all up and down the record." The band played nearly two dozen classic hits including “Free Fallin’," “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Learning To Fly,” “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and “Runnin’ Down A Dream."
Nicks returned to the stage about halfway through Petty's set to perform a rendition of their hit “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around." She later proclaimed that Petty is her favorite rock star.
In a recent interview with Howard Stern, music executive Jimmy Iovine recounted his era as an in-demand producer who often had to juggle his clients. He was in a personal relationship with Nicks in 1981 when she and Petty were both making albums. In order to keep his relationship with Nicks secret, he would ask her to hide in his basement whenever Petty visited. Iovine eventually connected the two artists to record “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around," which became a hit.
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers will return to North America for tour dates for the 40th Anniversary Tour. The tour will include performances at Forest Hills Stadium in New York City. Tickets are available on AXS for the Forest Hills Stadium concerts.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tour dates
July 15 - Toronto, Ont. - Air Canada Center
July 16 - Ottawa, Canada - RBC Ottawa Bluesfest
July 18 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Center
July 20 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
July 23 - Baltimore, MD - Royal Farms Arena
July 26 - Forest Hills, NY - Forest Hills Stadium (Click here for tickets)
July 27 - Forest Hills, NY - Forest Hills Stadium (Click here for tickets)
July 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Arena
Aug. 17 - Vancouver, BC - Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Aug. 19 - Seattle, WA - Safeco Field
Aug. 22 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre U.C. Berkeley
Aug. 23 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre U.S.. Berkeley
Aug. 25 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
Aug. 27 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre U.C. Berkeley
Sept. 17 - San Diego, CA - Kaaboo Festival
Sept. 21 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
Sept. 22 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl