Petty, Popper Serenade Gore After Concession

ByABC News
December 18, 2000, 2:38 PM

December 14 -- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers helped Vice President Al Gore get over his disappointment by serenading him at home an hour after Gore conceded the presidency to George W. Bush on national television.

Petty played for an hour at Gore's mansion and was joined by Blues Traveler frontman John Popper, while Stevie Wonder and Jon Bon Jovi joined in the singing.

According to Petty's representative, even Tipper Gore joined in the performance, playing percussion through a set that included Petty hits "American Girl" which Gore requested and, oddly enough, "I Won't Back Down."

Petty and his crew aren't through with their presidential performances. The rockers are playing the White House tonight to tape A Very Special Christmas From Washington, D.C., which will air Dec. 19 on TNT. The special will also feature Wyclef Jean, B.B. King, Macy Gray, as well as Popper and Bon Jovi.