Released as “For Real – For Tom”, proceeds from the song will go to the Midnight Mission in Los Angeles, a homeless shelter Petty supported throughout his career.
“When I first was sent this song asking if I wanted to record it, I was quite frankly dumbfounded,” Lukas Nelson told Rolling Stone. “It was the whole manifesto of our band [Promise of the Real] in a song. It just shows how connected artists who have integrity are with others who share the same passion and fire for being honest with their soul. Fearless and real.”
“For Real – For Tom”
“For Real” was originally recorded by Petty in 2000 and finally released earlier this year on the posthumous retrospective collection, The Best of Everything.
“[M]ost of what I put together of what I wanted to do in the future I probably learned in those summers watching him and The Heartbreakers play,” Dylan said. “I got to sit next to his amplifiers so I not only got to watch him, I also got to watch the crowd, and to see what the band was doing with their inside conversations. It was a great schooling.”
Accompanying the lyric video for “For Real” is a sort behind-the-scenes documentary about the recording of the track, directed by Peter Harding. Watch it now in the player below.