Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Christmas Video

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Screen grab from TNT’s 2000 A Very Special Christmas

Like we ever need an excuse to run anything by or about Tom PettyBest Classic Bands continues its holiday countdown with a clip that, frankly, we didn’t know existed until we first posted it in December 2015.

This Classic Video is from A Very Special Christmas that aired on TNT all the way back on December 14, 2000.  (We had forgotten how TP looked with short hair and no beard.)

The A Very Special Christmas record series debuted in 1987 with an album featuring holiday songs by a true A-List of classic rock acts including Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, U2, John Mellencamp and Stevie Nicks.

Petty’s original song, “Christmas All Over Again,” was included on the second edition in 1992, and then on his Playback box set in 1995. Others contributing to A Very Special Christmas 2 include Ann and Nancy Wilson, Jon Bon Jovi, and a duet between Frank Sinatra and Cyndi Lauper. Subsequent releases featuring the likes of Sheryl Crow, Steve Winwood and B.B. King have spread to other musical genres. All told, the series has raised more than $100 million for the Special Olympics.

Related: Our review of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ 40th anniversary tour

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