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Cage The Elephant Singer On Secret Tom Petty Shared

Cage The Elephant is known for tossing a cover or two into their sets, but their version of “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” was particularly a crowd pleaser.

Speaking to Forbes about their new album, Social Cues, Matt Shultz shared a story about meeting the late Tom Petty at the 2017 MusiCares tribute show.

Gushing to Petty backstage, the frontman admitted, “Tom, I feel like we would have been friends in high school,” then added, “Man, I have to thank you for helping me to write songs. I feel like I learned a lot from listening to your music.”

Taking the compliments in, Petty replied, “Gotta write the hits, man.”

What’s a piece of advice you’ve taken to heart? Who did you hear it from?


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