Tom Petty’s debt to Bob Dylan

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"Tom Petty & Heartbreakers, who toured as Bob Dylan's backing band from 1986 to '87, learned 'a kind of courage we never had' through playing with Dylan.

“I learned so much from Bob Dylan,” says Tom Petty. The Heartbreakers toured as Dylan’s backing band from 1986 to 87. “He gave us a kind of courage that we never had, to learn something quickly and go out on stage and play it. You had to be pretty versatile because arrangements could change, keys might change, there’s just no way of knowing exactly what he wants to do each night. You really learnt the value of spontaneity, of how a moment that is real in a concert is worth so much more than one you plan out.”

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