Tom Petty Tribute: The Damn Torpedoes

The Damn Torpedoes have it: attitude, mojo, chemistry, skill and determination…and have used those qualities to pay tribute to an American band who for 4 decades were the pure embodiment of the same, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Starting in the mid-70s, Tom and his Heartbreakers churned out unforgettable classic rock gems. From “American Girl” and “Into the Great Wide Open” to “Free Falling”, “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and beyond, they left an indelible mark on the American pop cultural landscape.

The Damn Torpedoes formed in 2009 and played their first show inadvertently and coincidentally on Tom’s 59th birthday, and ever since have paid tribute to one of America’s greatest rockers and songwriters with a special connection to his music.

The band, whose name is a word play on the seminal ’79 Petty album, Damn the Torpedoes, are long-time Austin musicians who have fashioned themselves in the mold of the original Heartbreakers: guys that have been around the block but attack the Petty hits like a hungry, young band out to conquer the world.

By emphasizing intangibles like chemistry and staying power, The Damn Torpedoes recreate the sound and feel of one of rock’s greatest bands. Painstaking attention to detail – tones, arrangements, harmonies, performance and look – give the audience an experience that’s as close to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as you’re going to find. With the untimely and tragic passing of Tom, The Damn Torpedoes are even more committed to carrying on his rich and amazing musical legacy for the legions of fans out there who still hunger to experience it live.


“It was one of my favorite nights of live music ever. Ever.” – Andrew Dansby, Entertainment writer Houston Chronicle

“These guys are really excellent…I mean, hammer on the head of the nail, man. It’s pretty impressive.” – Bob Simpson, San Angelo Spotlight

“World’s greatest Tom Petty tribute band…” – Bdoe (afternoon DJ), 93.7 KLBJ FM Blogs

“This Austin band played flawlessly…and honors the music of Tom Petty. Do yourself a favor and go check them out!” – Joseph Martinez, River City Attractions

“A raucous spot-on tribute of all the hits from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Close your eyes and be transported!” – Patricia Vonne, Austin border rocker and troubadour

“Wow!! What an incredible night of great music! I’d like to take this opportunity to say ANOTHER heartfelt thank you, Damn Torpedoes, for your generosity in providing these tickets…” – Rob, United States Veteran and Vet Tix recipient

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