Check the Tom Petty tag on Uproxx and you’ll see that in the days since the legendary rocker’s passing, his songs have been covered a ton by a lot of your popular favorites. That may have something to do with what Taylor Swift called the “complex simplicity” of his songwriting: On the surface, the songs are simple and accessible, but there’s a depth to them that allows anybody covering them to really explore and put their own spin on it.
The latest group to give this a go is The War On Drugs, whose unmistakably classic rock-inspired sounds lends itself perfectly to their cover of Petty’s “Time To Move On” — from his 1994 album Wildflowers — which they performed last night during their tour stop at The Greek in Los Angeles.
They actually opened their set with the Petty tribute before playing their own songs, a sign that Adam Granduciel have a lot of admiration and respect for Petty and his work. Also, according to one Instagram user, opener Phoebe Bridgers performed a cover of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “It’ll All Work Out,” from their 1987 record Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough).