Photos by L Willis
Photos by L Willis
As shown in the animation atop this post, the Webb Sisters are still into acrobatic dancing as well as backup vocals (there have been no reports of cartwheels). The excited gyrations in the gif are from the video embedded below. A couple of notes on the sisters joining Petty’s tour follow.
Petty strummed the opening chords on acoustic, with airy harmonies from the Webb Sisters (“our newest friends,” as he referenced Hattie and Charley Webb, who are providing background vocals for the shows). He noted that their presence fulfills his longtime wish to be able to tour with the duo, known for its own work as well as touring with Leonard Cohen … . They sweetened the mix, something they would also repeat subsequently on “Learning to Fly.”
From Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Celebrate Their 40th Anniversary with a Rousing Performance at the Q by Matt Wardlaw (Cleveland Scene: June 11, 2017)
Arms wide open at every turn as if to bear hug the arena itself, thank yous pouring from him profusely, the frontman sported a beatific glaze behind his dark sunglasses, almost waltzing about the stage at times, while waving his hands maestro-like and slowing time somehow – orchestrating the adore. Solos extended, arrangements elasticized just enough for discharged Leonard Cohen backup singers Hattie and Charley Webb (who barely needed the boss man on “Don’t Come Around Here No More”)
From Tom Petty Soaks in 40 by Raoul Hernandez (Austin Chronicle: May 3, 2017)
Tom Petty – Don’t Come Around Here No More
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City: April 20, 2017
Note: This animation was originally identified as “Webb Sisters – White Girls Dancing 2013.” On re-examination, it is apparent that this is actually, as noted in the title, is “Leonard Cohen Animation: Charley & Hattie Webb Practice Synchronized Nordic Skiing.” My apologies for the confusion.
Excerpt from Concert Review: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Philips Arena By Megan Volpert (Atlanta INtown: April 28, 2017):
The gang also welcome two new backup singers, the Webb Sisters. Since 2008, English sibling duo Charley and Hattie had had the pleasure of working with dearly departed Leonard Cohen when he reemerged to tour again after a 15 year hiatus. Petty saw them play with Cohen and said, “it’s been a dream of mine” to work with them and that taking them on the tour “really makes the boys behave.” Their harp and guitar skills were not in evidence last night, but they did occasionally play tambourine in addition to contributing backing vocals for the entire set.
For video performances, see What Are The Webb Sisters Up To These Days?