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The National and Imagine Dragons Pay Tribute to Tom Petty
One of the best ways to pay tribute to our fallen musical stars is to just keep playing their music. This is exactly what Tom Petty's rock disciples have been doing over the past 48 hours, as they try to come to grips with the Heartbreakers leader's death on Monday at age 66.
Some, like Imagine Dragons, do it by playing one of Petty's most beloved hits, 1989's "I Won't Back Down" from the singer's first solo album, Full Moon Fever. The group posted an acoustic cover of the track, seemingly shot backstage in a dressing room, with singer Dan Reynolds holding one of his daughters on his lap as his bandmates strum three guitars and harmonize around him.
In keeping with their dark demeanor, The National, however, chose a more obscure -- and decidedly more melancholy -- Petty tune for their homage. Accompanied by guitarist Bryce Dessner, singer Matt Berninger crooned the lyrics to "Damaged by Love," a song from Petty's third, and final, solo album, 2006's Highway Companion. "Eyes down at my door/ And she holds out her hand/ I love you so deep/ But you can't understand," Berninger sang in a video alongside the message "singing Petty songs all day long. Thank you for all this incredible music."
Guitarist Aaron Dessner also posted a video of Berninger dancing along to the original version.