Rockabilly Legend Joins Tom Petty On-Stage

Petty and Carl Perkins blasted through "Blue Suede Shoes" and others. Photo by Jay Blakesberg.

There have been bomb threats, but there haven't been actual

fireworks yet at the 20-date Fillmore engagement by Tom Petty and the

Heartbreakers--until now. This past Sat. and Sun. (Jan. 25 & 26) Petty and the

Heartbreakers were joined by old friend and original rockabilly legend Carl

Perkins for a mini-set of Perkins classics near the end of their over 2 1/2

hour show.

Since this unprecedented string of shows has been all about

Petty and the Heartbreakers paying homage to their garage band roots, it wasn't

that odd to see Perkins amble out and rip through a set that included the '50s

compositions that made him a star--"Blue Suede Shoes," "Honey Don't" and "Match

Box" --as well a 1965 number, "Restless." In fact, Petty and the boys are

featured on Perkins' new album Go Cat Go, on a new version of "Restless"

produced by Petty. The singer was also on hand last summer to introduce Perkins

when he was inducted into the Rock Walk.

Some other oldies the

Heartbreakers ripped through last weekend in the 28-song set included

"Lucille," "Green Onions," "You Really Got Me" and "High Heel Sneakers." A

source told ATN one more of these meetings of the minds is expected to take

place on Feb. 6 & 7, when legendary blues guitarist John Lee Hooker plugs in

for a mini-set. This string of dates has seen a series of interesting opening

acts, including Frank Black, Peter Droge, the Wallflowers, Los Straitjackets

and Brendan Benson, and the next set of openers are no slouches either. This

weekend (Jan. 31 and Feb. 1) Petty will take the stage after his idol, former

Byrds founder Roger McGuinn, who will be followed by Iris Dement (Feb. 3 & 4)

and the Presidents of the United States of America (Feb. 6 & 7).