Tom Petty fans can get up close & personal with some of his duds and one of his guitars in a very special exhibit currently on display. It's the suit he wore and guitar he played during his Super Bowl XLII Halftime performance in 2008 and is part of the Rock Hall's “Biggest Show on Turf: 55 Years of Halftime Shows” exhibit.
During the performance, Petty & Co. tore through their biggest hits such as "I Won't Back Down," "Free Fallin,” and “Runnin' Down a Dream.” Was Petty nervous about the prospect of playing on such a large, guitar-shaped stage with over 100-million people watching world wide? “A lot of it is just trying to remember the next chord,” Petty joked at the pregame press conference. “We play for the audience and hopefully that’ll take care of everything else.” The 12-minute halftime show was later nominated for an Emmy Award.
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