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Tom Petty’s ‘Love Is A Long Road’ Featured In New ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Trailer

The track is featured on Petty’s solo debut, 1987’s ‘Full Moon Fever.’

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Tom Petty - Photo: Samir Hussein/Getty Images
Tom Petty - Photo: Samir Hussein/Getty Images

Rockstar Games has unveiled the latest trailer for their highly anticipated new video game Grand Theft Auto VI (AKA GTA VI). The trailer features Tom Petty’s “Love is a Long Road” soundtracking a number of different scenes and game scenarios. Check out the teaser below.

The song is featured on Petty’s first solo album, Full Moon Fever, which was released on April 24, 1989.

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Following their seventh studio set, 1987’s platinum-certified Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough), Tom Petty briefly took a break from working with his long-term backing group, The Heartbreakers, and joined The Traveling Wilburys. Nothing less than a solid-gold rock’n’roll supergroup, this remarkable, though short-lived, outfit also included Bob Dylan, George HarrisonRoy Orbison, and ELO frontman Jeff Lynne, and their debut LP, The Traveling Wilburys Vol.1, peaked at No.3 on the US Billboard 200, where it sold over three million copies.

Petty, however, had already announced that his next album would be a solo record, even before he embarked on the sessions for The Traveling Wilburys Vol.1. This controversial decision reputedly provoked mixed emotions among The Heartbreakers, yet all of the band, barring drummer Stan Lynch, eventually contributed to their leader’s solo debut.

Though relaxed and low-key, the Full Moon Fever sessions were also a hotbed of creativity. Primarily tracked in lead guitarist Mike Campbell’s garage studio, the songs were mostly laid down by a core group of Petty, Campbell, drummer Phil Jones and producer Jeff Lynne (who played bass and subtle textural keyboards), though the remaining Heartbreakers and two of Petty’s fellow Wilburys also pitched in. Roy Orbison made a brief cameo on quirky rocker “Zombie Zoo,” while George Harrison played guitar and added decisive vocal harmonies to the LP’s first 45, “I Won’t Back Down.”

Though defiant in tone, “I Won’t Back Down” was also eminently catchy. Its success on the Billboard Hot 100 (where it peaked at No.12) set Full Moon Fever on the road to multi-platinum success. Driven by Mike Campbell’s memorable, zig-zagging riffs, the Del Shannon-referencing road song “Runnin’ Down A Dream” quickly followed it into the US Top 30, while the yearning, nostalgic “Free Fallin” later peaked at an impressive No.7.

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