Greg Mathes (front man, vocals & guitar):
Long-time Tom Petty fan, Greg was repeatedly told how much his on-stage voice actually sounded like Tom. In 2014 he formed GWO with the goal of bringing Petty's amazing catalog of hits to venues that the Heartbreakers don't typically tour.
Greg revamped GWO in 2016 to more closely match the sound and vibe of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, while continuing to build on his vocal similarity to Tom. "The closer we can match the sound and overall performance of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the more we can build fan enthusiasm for Tom and his band. Our greatest accomplishment is hearing that someone who wasn't familiar with Petty's music saw us and has since become a huge Tom Petty fan."