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Tom Petty-signed guitar could be source of lasting San Diego legacy

Tom Petty-signed guitar could be source of lasting San Diego legacy

The Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park is about to get a helping hand from a very unlikely source - musician  Tom Petty.

When he played at the KAABOO Del Mar festival only 15 days before he unexpectedly died at age 66, he and his band members signed a Fender Stratocaster guitar on behalf of a campaign to save the deteriorating Starlight theater.

"We are trying to find out if this is the last guitar he and his whole band signed," said Steve Stopper, the galvanizing force behind the grass-roots Save Starlight initiative. From KAABOO, Petty and the...

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