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Tom Petty honors Jerry Garcia at Frisco concert, celebrates first No. 1 album

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Legendary rocker Tom Petty gave the fans their money's worth at San Francisco's Outside Lands Music Festival 2014 on Saturday. And then he did them one better by playing a tribute to local icon Jerry Garcia.

The San Francisco Examiner's Will Reisman reported Aug. 9 that Tom Petty and his band, The Heartbreakers, brought a little warmth to the second day of the festival and its unseasonably cold weather. He powered up and played his hits for the crowd, songs like "Breakdown" and "Learning To Fly," songs they knew by heart. And then tugged on those heartstrings by paying tribute to local legend and Grateful Dead founder Jerry Garcia with his own take on "Friend of the Devil," an old Grateful Dead standby. August 9 was the nineteenth anniversary of Garcia's death.

The Grateful Dead are one of those band's that are a testament to staying power and longevity and the oddly counterintuitive inability to score a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Although they recorded 13 studio albums and over 140 albums have been released in the band's name to date, not one topped the chart. The Grateful Dead first charted with its 1967 eponymous debut, their highest charting album wouldn't come until their tenth studio recording, In The Dark, twenty years later.

And it looked as if Tom Petty himself -- solo and with The Heartbreakers -- was destined to become a member of that same strange music club. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers first hit the Billboard 200 in 1976 with their own eponymous contribution to the music scene. Eleven studio albums and 9 compilation and live recordings later (not to mention three solo efforts on Petty's part), there was still no No. 1. They'd made it to No. 2 twice, with their third album, 1979's Damn The Torpedoes and 2010's Mojo.

But no No. 1.

Until now.

This past week, Billboard reported that Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers scored their first ever Billboard 200 No. 1 album with their thirteenth studio offering, Hypnotic Eye. Selling 131,000 copies, according to Neilsen Soundscan, in its first week of release, Hypnotic Eye took the No. 1 spot, beating out Eric Clapton's tribute to J. J. Cale, The Breeze, the soundrack to the movie "Guardians of the Galaxy," 5 Seconds of Summer's debut, and Shawn Mendes first offering, a self-titled EP (numbers 2-5, respectively).

Still, although some great acts never score a No. 1 Billboard 200 album, others have waited longer than Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. The title-holder is the smooth crooner Tony Bennett, who waited 54 years (his first album charted in Feb. 1957) for his 2011 album Duets II to take the top spot on the chart.

Oddly enough, just three weeks prior to Petty's success, Weird Al Yankovic scored his first Billboard No. 1 album in 31 years. It was his thirteenth studio album as well.

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