In what might be our most favourite trio of American troubadours, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, and Stevie Nicks joined forces at a special gig in 1986 to perform a sumptuous cover of Dylan’s ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’.
The trio was together as Nicks joined the pair for their co-headlining tour, True Confessions Tour. Jumping in on backing vocals for the odd occasion, the real focus was on the two folk singers upfront. Yet on a special night in Sydney, Australia in 1986 all three would come together to perform a very special cover.
Dylan was eternally grateful for the inclusion on the tour, “Tom was at the top of his game and I was at the bottom of mine,” he wrote in his 2004 book Chronicles. As noted in the 2005 Paul Zollo book Conversations With Tom Petty, the singer felt differently to Dylan “There was never a night when the audiences weren’t incredibly ecstatic about the whole thing,” he said.
Most nights the pair shared the stage for several songs including Dylan’s ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ and on some special performances, they were even joined by the mercurial singer of Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks. We’re looking back at one of those moments.
Nicks had spent much of the year touring her 1985 album Rock A Little and was beginning to enjoy her solo work more and more. To be offered the chance to join these legends as their equal must’ve appealed to her deeply. Not only, does she join them as their equals but with her first notes she upstages them, delivering a powerful vocal on the emotionally charged song.
While both Petty and Dylan are famed songwriters and excellent composers their positions as singers is highly contested in comparison to their stage-mate Stevie Nicks. The singer delivers an epic performance accompanied by two of the most brilliant artists America has ever created. This performance was confirmation that she should join them on that pedestal.
Watch below as Stevie Nicks joins Tom Petty and Bob Dylan on stage to perform ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’
Source: Rolling Stone