The band once stood on stage performing with many other rock legends, such as the Grateful Dead band. In 2002, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers was named into the Rock & Roll Reputation Hall. On this occasion, the executives of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame praised Petty and the band as “the essence of individualism in America”. So far, Petty and his band have sold more than 60 million records worldwide.
Listeners are often caught up with Petty’s songs, when the songs are subdued with nostalgia but also challenging. For example, I Won’t Back Down is a “speech” song for “stubborn” young people or for anyone who feels the need to mock or criticize the world.