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Remembering Tom Petty: A Night of Music and Stories

Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 8:00pm



Hopewell Theater
5 S. Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, NJ, 08525



  • This program is a musical celebration of Tom Petty's life and music through the lens of Petty's decades-long relationship with writer and musician Warren Zanes.

  • Zanes was eighteen when he first met Petty, and in his early fifties at the time of the legendary musician's passing. When Petty approached Zanes to write his biography, the two men had some history.

  • Joined by a band that includes Chris Harford, Ray Kubian, and Matt Kohut, Zanes will tell stories, play some songs, and turn the stage over to his band members to make their way through Petty material from across his long and glorious career.

Warren Zanes is a former member of The Del Fuegos, current member of Paul Muldoon's Rogue Oliphant, a solo artist with four recordings to his name, an NYU professor, a New York Times bestselling author and a Grammy-nominated producer. He was a VP of Education and Programs at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and ran Steven Van Zandt's Rock and Roll Forever Foundation for ten years.

His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, the Oxford American, and more. He is the editor of collections on Jimmie Rodgers and Tom Petty, has written books including Dusty in Memphis, Revolutions in Sound: Fifty Years of Warner Bros. Records, and Petty: The Biography, which Rolling Stone named one of the top ten music books of 2015. After conducting interviews for Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Zanes acted as Consulting Producer for the Oscar-winning Twenty Feet from Stardom and a producer on the 8-part PBS series Soundbreaking.




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