Remembering Rock Legend Tom Petty

He was transferred to UCLA Medical Center-Santa Monica, where he was on life support until he died Monday evening at age 66. "He died peacefully surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends".

After inaccurate reporting about his condition from multiple sources, Tom Petty's manager confirmed October 2 that Petty died at 66-years old.

His path to iconoclastic greatness began with a meeting with Elvis Presley in 1961, when the hip-swinging singer was shooting a film in Florida. And it's that combination of the material that he wrote and how he brought it to his band that makes him singular.

After the band disbanded, he would land with another band called the Epics.

— "Tom Petty was a stud".

The year was 1975.

Rolling Stone reported that Petty's final concert on September 25 was the culmination of a 53-date tour that kicked off in April.

"Dunno if that was me raving about 'The Waiting, ' although it sounds like it might have been", he replied.

It may seem a little odd to end on a cover, but the audience didn't care. The band also included artists Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison. I'm pretty sure I nearly broke the stereo trying to play the CD upside down.

(CNN) - Tom Petty was not the kind of rock star you likely thought he was at first. In the midst of these acts, Petty released Full Moon Fever, arguably his first and most popular solo album; some of the artist's most frequently-played tracks debuted in the album, including "Free Fallin, '" "I Won't Back Down" and "Running Down a Dream".

"We all blamed each other", Campbell told Team Rock. At the time of his death, Petty's net worth could not be ascertained. A staggering divorce mixed with a fall in popularity in the early 2000's led to his dependency on the drug.

The world changed more than Petty did over the past few decades, even his marriage to Jane Benyo (with whom he had two children) broke up and he battled heroin addiction in the '90s. And his latest 2014 album, "Hypnotic Eye" was his career's first ever Billboard 200 topper.

Hillman's album also includes a rendition of Petty's "Wildflowers", which he'd performed during the MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring Petty earlier this year. Key to that image was Petty's odd side career as an actor, which followed no observable logic or through line. He could be found on his repeated appearance on Fox's King of the Hill voicing the character of Elroy "Lucky" Kleinschmidt.

Petty also spoke openly about his marijuana use. It was an honour to work with him over the years and particularly on his recent 40th anniversary tour.

So sang Tom Petty on his 1996 song "Walls (Circus)", off his ninth studio album with his band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He will be missed by fans and musicians alike. If Bruce Springsteen built an entire mythology about tuning up his muscle auto to get out of a mythical one-gas-station New Jersey burg, Tom Petty wrote about ditching an entire region that he could never quite give up, sometimes out of co-dependency, the rest of the time because he'd probably have to hitchhike.

"One week ago today I was watching my dad play". But I think the cat's out of the bag, and it's gonna be legalized.

Some celebrities noted that Petty's death came in the aftermath of the massacre in Las Vegas. Music seems like such a hard thing to write about, and I greatly admire those who do it well.

"There were times when we definitely were not getting along, when we fought like f***ing Apaches, you know".

"This is unbearable", wrote Sheryl Crow on Twitter.

Funeral services have not been made as of the time of this report.

Honestly, I was a Greatest Hits-level fan of Tom Petty's music until 2009, when he put out The Live Anthology, a four-CD box that cost something like $20. I nagged my parents to buy me some plain black TDK D90 cassettes, begged a dub off the only person I knew who had a copy-one of my Catholic parish priests, who went by the unlikely name of Father Chuck. "I cleaned up the approved version, turned it in", he says, "and moved on to Kenny Loggins".

  • Arturo Norris