The Legacy of Tom Petty lives on
Three Rivers Commercial News | Samantha May, Staff Writer
THREE RIVERS ― The legacy of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers lives on through a six-member band from Grand Rapids.
The Insiders, a Tom Petty Tribute Band, was formed shortly after the passing of the legend by founding member Max Lockwood. In October 2017, Lockwood pulled together his experienced musician friends, and performed a benefit show, or “healing event,” in wake of Petty’s passing. The show raised a few thousand dollars to benefit a local women/children shelter in Grand Rapids.
“People love Tom Petty’s music so much, and we love it. It has been a real joy to travel around to share and honor his legacy,” Lockwood said.
On Saturday, Jan. 12, the Insiders will bring their “high energy, engaging show” to the Riviera Theatre. The Insiders plan to provide a full Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers experience but playing fan favorites, such as “Won’t Back Down,” as well as sharing stories about the impact and inspiration that Petty and the Heartbreakers’ music has left on the world.
“He was able to distill really powerful elements of the human experience into a very short amount of words, in a way that is very catchy and memorable, and a way that really resonates with people of all ages and backgrounds,” Lockwood said.
“All the songs we do are very special, very well written and meaningful. One song that a lot of people connect with is ‘Won’t Back Down,’ which Tom Petty said was one of the songs that felt the most vulnerable to him. There is this heartfelt defiance in the face of struggle that comes through a lot of his songwriting. I think we Americans, especially here in the Midwest, really identify with that.”
For the Insiders’ Three Rivers debut, Lockwood said he is excited to be performing at the Riviera. A theater setting allows the band to connect with the audience and “gives a chance for an intimate connection” with the crowd.
Lockwood encourages those in attendance to let loose and have fun.
“People are there to hear Tom Petty’s music and that is what we deliver. We make it about the music first,” Lockwood said.
Tickets are available online at trriviera.com or in-person at the Riviera Theatre in downtown Three Rivers. The show is on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. Ticket price at $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show.