Not long ago, we heard that Tom Petty will be the recipient of the next MusiCares Person Of The Year Award — and Foo Fighters recognize that that’s important enough to warrant their getting back together, at least for a night.
The MusiCares ceremony will mark Foo Fighters’ first performance since they announced their hiatus back in November of last year (they briefly teamed up for a charity gig last month). Other acts scheduled include Stevie Nicks, Don Henley, Kings Of Leon, Norah Jones, Randy Newman and Jeff Lynne, with more to be announced. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will close the show.
— MusiCares Foundation (@MusiCares) September 28, 2016
MusiCares spokesthings said that Petty is being honored “in recognition of his significant creative accomplishments, his career-long interest in defending artists’ rights and the charitable work he has undertaken throughout his career, which has notably focused on the homeless population in Los Angeles.”
Neil Portnow, President and CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares, says “Tom burst into our musical consciousness and never let go. “His brand of rock and roll benefits from a celebratory rebelliousness, infectious rhythms and unforgettable lyrics that are incised in our imaginations. His artistic talents coupled with his quiet philanthropy make him a great MusiCares Person of the Year honoree, and we are very fortunate to have the support of our Board, past honorees and the musical community around this special event.”
Petty drawls, “I am so very pleased to be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year. I have so much respect for this organization, which really does care about the people in our industry. “I myself know many people who MusiCares has aided in desperate situations. Again, let me say this is a true honor.”
Past MusiCares winners include Bob Dylan, Carole King, Lionel Richie, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond and Neil Young.