Goodyear Theater

Won't Back Down: NEO Celebrates The Music Of Tom Petty


Won't Back Down: NEO Celebrates The Music Of Tom Petty
Saturday May. 21, 2022 at 8:00pm

Join 16 of Northeast Ohio’s finest vocalists and musicians for “Won’t Back Down: N.E.O. Celebrates the Music of Tom Petty

Guest artists, each performing two Tom Petty songs, will include Shanna Delaney (of By Light We Loom),

Corey King (of the Ohio Weather Band), Jackie Popovec &. Rick Deak (of The Vindys), Jeff Klemm, Brian Lisik,

Cody J. Martin, Marc Lee Shannon (of Michael Stanley &. The Resonators), and Tracey Thomas (of Unit 5).

The Shootouts front-man Ryan Humbert is producing & hosting the show. An all-star house band for the evening will consist of John Anthony (of The Vindys) and Erin Vaughn on guitars, Paul Lewis on bass, Ed Davis (of The Vindys) on drums, Ben Evans on keys, and Emily Bates (of The Shootouts) on harmony vocals. Humbert will take lead vocals on several songs, and join the house band on guitars and harmony vocals

For this one-night-only event, the group will perform Petty’s 1994 classic album “Wildflowers,” in its entirety, for set one, followed by over a dozen “greatest hits” for set two. An all-star finale will take place, with the vocalists trading verses on some of Petty’s biggest songs

An inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Tom Petty is best know for his straight-forward American rock & roll sound, and such iconic hit songs as “Free Fallin’”, “Last Dance With Mary Jane”, “I Won’t Back Down”, “Running Down a Dream”, “Learning to Fly”, “American Girl” and more. Petty died unexpectedly at the age of 66 on October 2, 2017

“I’ve been a lifelong Tom Petty fan. My first electric guitar was a Rickenbacker because of Tom,” said Humbert. “Wildflowers is one of my favorite records of all time, and while it’s a daunting task, we’re looking forward to playing the whole album front to back, as well as many of Tom’s most classic hits.

The performance will benefit The Summit FM’s (91.3 FM Akron Canton / 90.7 FM Youngstown / 90.1 FM Athens) Marilyn Stroud Music Alive program. Music Alive places refurbished musical instruments in the hands of underprivileged area students. Attendees to the show are encouraged to bring a new or gently-used instrument to donate at the Summit table in the lobby.