Pierce works on the memorial murals and other folk art for the House of Blues with fellow artists Hannah Earley and Molly Kafka.
Together, the ladies paint the outdoor memorials on fake brick paneling and later screw the panels into the actual brick wall outside when the mural is completed, replacing whichever icon’s likeness previously graced the wall. Once removed, the crew relocates the older murals to the backstage area. Back when Vanyalandinterviewed the team of HOB artists this summer, the older depictions of David Bowie, Prince, and Sharon Jones were stashed in the load-in area on the first floor.
With any luck, 2018 will be a little kinder to music’s living legends, and Petty won’t join the other backstage panels for a while.