That Time Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin from Guns N’ Roses Performed “Free Fallin'” with Tom Petty

  • Axl Rosenberg

In all of this week’s insanity and grief, I somehow completely forgot about this until it appeared in my YouTube recommendations: at the 1989 MTV VMAs, my namesake and his childhood chum/Guns N’ Roses co-founder, Izzy Stradlin, performed “Free Fallin'” with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. As a kid, the combo of Petty and GN’R struck me as being odd, if not unpleasant; in the years since, Rose has performed with Queen and Elton John and Billy Joel, and it really doesn’t feel weird at all.

In any case, it’s pretty great. Let’s all enjoy it together now:


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