RIP Tom Petty

September 21, 2017(11 days ago) at the Hollywood Bowl:

Update: 10:20 pm MT: After a day of contradictory reports, Tom Petty's manager confirmed a few minutes ago that he has passed away.

Original Post

I can't believe it. Tom Petty has died after a sudden cardiac arrest.

RIP Tom, and thank you for the decades of fabulous music. You will be missed. [More...]

Another of my favorites, from the Wildflowers album:

One of my earliest favorites that has been on my exercise playlist since my very first iPod:

I only saw him in person once or twice. The one I remember most was at Red Rocks,and I danced and sang through the whole show. R.I.P. Tom Petty. You are, and forever will be, a true rock legend.

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    Manager has confirmed. .. (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Oct 02, 2017 at 11:07:47 PM EST
    that he has indeed passed.  ; (

    So maybe (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Oct 03, 2017 at 07:44:31 AM EST
     Not so quick after all.   I hope he was not in pain.

    Sad news indeed. (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Chuck0 on Tue Oct 03, 2017 at 08:02:07 AM EST
    Today's work playlist - Tom Petty & the Hearbreakers. Live Anthology Vol 1 thru 4.

    I feel like The Waiting (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by jondee on Tue Oct 03, 2017 at 12:01:05 PM EST
    saved my life in 1981.

    It's as close to the perfect rock song as you can get.

    RIP TP (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Oct 02, 2017 at 04:33:18 PM EST
    but seriously.  going quickly is not really a bad thing.  i hope thats how it happens for me.   a cardiac arrest would not be my first choice but it would not be the last.

    Yes - quick is good. (none / 0) (#15)
    by ruffian on Tue Oct 03, 2017 at 12:31:41 PM EST
    My dad went that way. Quick heart attack and done. Hoping the same for myself.

    Make the most of your time with loved ones before you think your time is limited.


    This goes down as a really horrible day! (none / 0) (#2)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Oct 02, 2017 at 05:00:50 PM EST

    I never realized... (none / 0) (#3)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Oct 02, 2017 at 05:27:25 PM EST
    that he was 10 years older than me - always figured he was my age. Maybe because people have always told me that I look like him.

    One of my prized LP's is a first pressing of Damn the Torpedoes. Now, one regret is that I never saw him live (that I remember anyway).

    RIP Tom.

    Good to see you here. (5.00 / 3) (#7)
    by oculus on Mon Oct 02, 2017 at 08:40:01 PM EST
    Thanks! (5.00 / 4) (#8)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Oct 02, 2017 at 08:47:41 PM EST
    Good to see you as well.

    Although I've had a very tough year, I've been lurking.


    So sad... (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by kdog on Tue Oct 03, 2017 at 08:52:19 AM EST
    with so much trouble in the world, it's not the time to lose a prince of peace like Tom F*ckin' Petty.

    So grateful I got to see him for the first and only time over the summer...and boy did he and the Heartbreakers bring it!

    I take solace in the fact he can strum along with Harrison and Orbison now at The End of The Line.


    Glad you got to see him (none / 0) (#14)
    by ruffian on Tue Oct 03, 2017 at 12:30:21 PM EST
    I saw him 2 or 3 times and he always brought it full speed - Damn the Torpedoes! He was a very magnetic and charming stage presence, something I did not expect at all before I saw him live the first time.

    Once was in the rain out there in Denver at...dang the outdoor amphitheater in Greenwood Village, can't recall what it is called. It poured rain, but the audience did not care, and the band kept playing. Tons of fun.

    Another was in the 80's in LA at an indoor venue- maybe the Shrine Auditorium? The girl next to my friend and I threw up all on the floor under our seats so the ushers let us go down and stand in the aisle right in front of the stage. I will go to my grave believing Mike Campbell smiled at me.

    Way too soon to lose Tom. Only 7 years older than me. Ugh.


    It's been called many things... (none / 0) (#17)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Tue Oct 03, 2017 at 12:39:50 PM EST
    but most commonly called Fiddler's.

    Yes, thank you! That's the one! (none / 0) (#18)
    by ruffian on Tue Oct 03, 2017 at 01:08:37 PM EST
    I am at that age where names of things are just gone.

    But song lyrics remain, thankfully.


    You and me both! (none / 0) (#19)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Tue Oct 03, 2017 at 01:15:02 PM EST
    They are walking back the story. (none / 0) (#4)
    by Chuck0 on Mon Oct 02, 2017 at 05:32:26 PM EST
    He has been removed from life support.

    yep (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Oct 02, 2017 at 05:37:10 PM EST
    still unconfirmed as of a few minutes ago.  he reportedly has a do not resuscitate order

    Yes (none / 0) (#6)
    by Zorba on Mon Oct 02, 2017 at 06:13:35 PM EST
    As far as I can tell, he is still is alive (well, sort of).
    May his passing be painless.
    It's freaking me out, though.  He's younger than I am, and I have a bad heart.

    His Super Bowl halftime show was my favorite (none / 0) (#16)
    by ruffian on Tue Oct 03, 2017 at 12:37:28 PM EST
    in recent memory.

    Link thingie not working for me on this brower - google it! Great stuff.

    Had the pleasure... (none / 0) (#20)
    by kdog on Thu Oct 05, 2017 at 11:13:39 AM EST
    of seeing Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul last night...15 piece band opened with Tom Petty's "Even The Losers" and the crowd went wild.

    The music never dies...

    Oh man, I would love to see them (none / 0) (#21)
    by ruffian on Thu Oct 05, 2017 at 12:01:56 PM EST
    'Voice of America' is one of my favorite records, and even more relevant today. I remember thinking at the time that he sounded a lot like Tom Petty - I imagine they do great covers of Petty tunes. I'll have to see where the tour is going.

    Afraid the closest Stevie... (none / 0) (#22)
    by kdog on Thu Oct 05, 2017 at 01:01:32 PM EST
    is gonna get to you is Ft. Lauderdale 10/26...for me it would be worth a 4 hour drive but I don't know about you old pal!  Did I mention 15 piece band???

    I'd expect a Petty cover to become standard in his set...nice and funky rendition of James Brown's "Down and Out in New York City" too.

    Stevie made it a point to keep the between tunes banter apolitical, but his solo work still speaks relevant political volumes.