Numb! That is what I feel. With the reports this morning on the Las Vegas shooting and the death of 58 concert goers and now the death of another true legend in the music business, Tom Petty.
According to reports, Tom Petty suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday, October 1st and was taken to the hospital. Monday, he was pulled off life support and from all reports is not expected to recover. Although he hasn’t officially passed as of this writing, I feel it is a matter of time and thus I will continue on with my tribute.
Tom Petty has lead a very long and fruitful career. Starting with his first band Mudcrutch, to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, to the Traveling Wilburys to his solo career and so much more. I grew up listening to Petty and watching their videos on MTV. I remember the sci-fi/Max Max feel to the video for “You Got Lucky” to the Alice in Wonderland inspired “Don’t Come Around No More”.
The quiet man from Florida brought to us a catalog of music that will live on forever. My favorite being ‘Full Moon Fever’. What I will remember most about Petty is that he is who he says he is. He never was anything else but true to himself and his art. It saddens me to think another great one is gone for two reasons…1) no more new music and 2) selfishly, it means I am getting old.
I watched the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers documentary last year called ‘Runnin’ Down a Dream’ (it actually came out in 2008). It was worth watching as you get great insight into the band and into the man himself. It was great to see what inspired him and drove him to where he ended up. I think I will watch it again one more time in his memory. There will be a lot of Petty music played over the next couple weeks. I hope you play some to and remember the talent that was Tom Petty.
Here the videos for the two songs I mentioned above…