Florida native Tom Petty now thinks differently about a mid-’80s decision to display the Confederate flag during his Long After Dark and Southern Accents tours. “I wish I had given it more thought,” Petty tells Rolling Stone. “It was a downright stupid thing to do.”
Specifically, the flag was used in conjunction with a song from the album, “Rebels,” which was written from the point of view of a Southerner who still blames the North for the troubles in his life. “I regretted it pretty quickly,” Petty said after fans started flying the flag during later tours.
Read the rest of Tom Petty’s regrets at UltimateClassicRock.com.