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[via press release from REELZ]

REELZ today announced its December 2020 premieres with a music themed lineup of new specials, new episodes of returning original series and the REELZ premieres of music documentaries. Tom Petty’s remarkable life unfolds in three new REELZ originals led by Tom Petty: Won’t Back Down about his record setting hits and music industry clashes with never-before-seen footage of his final performance along with personal stories from Kevin Bacon, Roy Orbison Jr. and Country Music Hall of Fame artist Ronnie Dunn.

Tom Petty: Won’t Back Down Premieres Sunday, December 13 at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT. With a career spanning more than 40 years singer, songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tom Petty was one of the most successful American artists of all time. Petty was uncompromising, hardworking and totally devoted to his fans and collaborators but ironically his selfless work ethic may have been what led to his untimely demise at just 66 years old. Tom Petty: Won’t Back Down takes viewers through his journey from teenage band Mudcrutch and their tireless efforts to get a single on the radio to his towering string of hit albums and stunning 28 top-10 hits on the Billboard mainstream rock chart. But his success wasn’t a smooth ride as Petty’s adversarial relationship with the music industry and its influences on his creative vision would forever cement his reputation as an artist who wouldn’t back down. With never-before-seen footage including his final moments on stage and rare audio of Petty discussing his inspirations listening to Elvis records, what success meant to him, the moments he knew a hit song was born and his reaction to the controversy surrounding his 1985 music video “Don’t Come Around Here No More” Tom Petty: Won’t Back Down offers a revealing look at the legendary artist. Also featured are intimate interviews with those connected to his life and career from Mudcrutch bandmate Tom Leadon and Shelly Yakus who was a sound engineer on four Petty albums to Country Music Hall of Fame artist Ronnie Dunn. Also sharing their personal stories of Petty are Kevin Bacon and Roy Orbison Jr. along with insight from Warren Zanes author of “Petty: The Biography” and entertainment critic Grae Drake. Tom Petty: Won’t Back Down is produced by AMS Pictures.

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