Chris Stapleton had performed three shows with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers prior to Tom’s sudden passing in October of this year. Chris admits it was a dream come true, "I would not trade anything for those shows, and that brief moment I got to speak with Tom," he adds. "It was a highlight of the year for me."
After the trio of performances, Tom expressed a desire to team up with Chris again. "I got to spend a few minutes with Tom, talking, and the last thing he said to me was, 'I hope we get to do more of this,'" he recalls. "I left there thinking that we would get to do more of it, and I'm so heartbroken and sad that he's no longer with us.”