Bruce Springsteen opened his run of solo Broadway shows on Tuesday night (04Oct17) with a tribute to Tom Petty.
Hours after The Boss honoured his “long lost brother” in a heartfelt statement, he hit the stage at the Walter Kerr Theatre with more to say on the passing of his friend.
The singer-songwriter dedicated the concert to the 66-year-old, who died on Monday (02Oct17) after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, California.
In his Twitter salute to Petty earlier in the day, Bruce wrote: “Down here on E Street, we’re devastated and heartbroken over the death of Tom Petty. Our hearts go out to his family and bandmates. I’ve always felt a deep kinship with his music. A great songwriter and performer, whenever we saw each other, it was like running into a long lost brother. Our world will be a sadder place without him.”