The Avett Brothers celebrated New Year's Eve with fans in their home state of North Carolina at Greensboro Coliseum and performed a rocking rendition of Tom Petty's "Don't Do Me Like That" during their 31-song set.
The track appears on Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' 1979 album Damn the Torpedoes, serving as the release's first single. The full (now seven-piece) band, joined by special guests, certainly do the cover its justice, with fans cheering and dancing throughout the joyful reinterpretation.
The Avett Brothers were joined by Asleep At The Wheel for two songs, as well as Herbie Abernathy, Screaming J’s and Jim Avett during the performance, according to JamBase. A few of the band's highlights centered around their classic 2009 album I and Love and You, including the songs “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise” and “Laundry Room.”
Abernathy, or "Valent Himself" of the Chapel Hill metal band Valient Thorr, appeared on stage as Father Time for the New Year's Eve countdown, as he did last year. In addition to the Petty cover, the metal frontman took the lead on vocals for "Time Is On My Side."
At the band's New Year's Eve gig last year, Abernathy had joined the band for a rendition of the classic New Year's anthem "Auld Lang Syne," as well as a cover of Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town," according to News Observer's review of the show.
The band's encore reportedly saw all of the evening's featured guests join together in a rendition of The Avett Brothers' “Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite.”