PETTY FEST: L.A. Show Has Hollywood Look
This year’s L.A. Petty Fest benefit had a Hollywood look to it. The Tom Petty-themed fundraiser for the Sweet Relief musicians charity Thursday at the El Rey Theater featured surprise appearances by:
•actress-singer Juliette Lewis, who sang “Don’t Do Me Like That”
•Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark star Reeve Carney, who traded verses with his brother Zane and sister Paris on “Into the Great Wide Open”
•pop star Kesha, who made her first post-rehab performance with a strong version “Free Fallin’,” aided by harmonies from another unannounced guest, Guster frontman Ryan Miller, who also sang “The Waiting” on his own.
Billed performers at the three-hour show included a handful of second generation musicians:
•Dhani Harrison, who nailed his dad’s parts on the Traveling Wilburys’ “End of the Line” and “Handle With Care” and also took the lead on “Don’t Come Around Here No More.”
•The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Junior, who sang “I Need to Know.”
•Willie Nelson’s son Lukas, who duetted with Rod Stewart’s daughter Ruby on “Here Comes My Girl” and went it alone on “Breakdown,” adding a blistering electric guitar solo. Ruby Stewart arrived with her friend, Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson.
•Boz Scaggs’ son, Austin, who’s best known as a writer for Rolling Stone, served as emcee and led and played bass with the house band.
There were more actors, too:
•Men at Work’s Adam Busch and Danny Masterson performed together on “You’re So Bad” and
•My Name Is Earl’s Jason Lee teamed with Midlake frontman Eric Pulido on “You Don’t Know How It Feels”
Standout performances were also turned in by Pete Yorn, The Raconteurs’ Brendan Benson, Ruby Amanfu from Jack White’s all-female band The Peacocks, Butch Walker, Cory Chisel and ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum, who not only got a major ovation for his work behind Dead Sara’s Emily Armstrong on “Refugee,” but strummed a guitar and duetted with his new wife, Ace Harper, on “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”
Two high-profile musicians, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea and Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine, were no-shows. The event’s publicist tells us that Flea hadn’t realized he was playing Lollapalooza in South America when he accepted the gig and that Valentine was “very sick.”
Petty Fest moves to the Showbox in Seattle this Wednesday and the Metro in Chicago April 23rd.