Popular tribute band throws one hell of a ‘Petty Party’
Since 2003, when lead vocalist and guitarist Dan Durkin and bassist/vocalist Django Bayless first indulged their obsession with all things Petty, the band has rocked up to 55 shows a year, while spotlighting some of the best players on the North Bay club scene. Petty’s passing has not dampened fans enthusiasm for what Petty Theft brings. In the past year alone, the road has carried the band to Portland, Seattle, Denver and Salt Lake City, as well as numerous other cities throughout the West.
Petty Theft: It’s fine line for cover band that adds own touches
“Some people think you put together a tribute band and start packing shows and making good money,” says Monroe Grisman, guitarist and backing vocalist for Petty Theft, the Bay Area group that made a name for itself playing hits and rarities from the songbook of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
“It’s not really true. Most of us have day jobs, and playing covers isn’t easy. You have to learn the songs well, because even the most tone-deaf guy at the back of the room knows every note to every song — and if you’re playing it 'wrong.’ [Read More...]
Petty Theft steals the show... Tribute band from Novato excels
Songs already written. Check. Reputation established long ago. Double-check. Instant fame and fortune. Not so fast. [Read More...]
Local tribute bands a worthy alternative
Playing people’s favorite music is a good way to draw crowds, said Grisman of Petty Theft, but it’s a big responsibility. The fans know how the classic hits should sound.

“It’s double-edged,” Grisman said. “Yes, everybody knows these songs, but they really know these songs, and they know if it’s right.” [Read More...]
Best of the North Bay 2012
Voted Best Band of the North Bay (Marin) [Read More...]
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