Skydivers Go Free Fallin To Honor Tom Petty & Red Hot Chili Peppers Pay Touching Tribute At ACL


Update: Click here to watch Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Tom Petty tribute performance.

At Day 2 of the Austin City Limits Festival, there were two beautiful tributes to Tom Petty. After Ice Cube’s set, a past live performance of “Free Fallin” began to play on all of the video screens, and skydivers literally went free fallin from above.

Later on during Red Hot Chili Peppers’ headlining set, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer covered Petty’s “A Face In The Crowd” to begin the encore. Watch video of the skydivers free fallin’ below. RHCP also dedicated their Funkadelic cover “What Is Soul?” to Tom Petty.

The Chili Peppers and Ice Cube also both made reference to the recent Las Vegas shooting, with both talking about the importance of love. Ice Cube mentioned how important it was that fans showed up to the festival even in the wake of what happened in Vegas. The Chili Peppers’ performance seemed emotionally charged to kick off their set, with Vegas weighing on both the band and fans.

Live also covered Audioslave’s “I Am The Highway” in honor of Chris Cornell.

RHCP ACL Setlist:
Intro Jam
Can’t Stop
Dani California
The Zephyr Song
Dark Necessities
I Wanna Be Your Dog (The Stooges cover)
Right on Time
Wet Sand
Go Robot
What Is Soul? (Funkadelic cover) (Dedicated to Tom Petty)
The Getaway
Suck My Kiss
Soul To Squeeze
By the Way

A Face in the Crowd (Tom Petty cover) (Josh Klinghoffer solo)
Goodbye Angels
Give It Away