Tom Petty: At NOLA's JazzFest Just Five Months Ago

Posted October 04, 2017

Kind of a treat to myself. So I said, 'I'm going to go. You couldn't have left more dreams here for us. "Costello's good, but I wouldn't call him Elvis". He spoke of that tour being his last, but I didn't believe it.

"On behalf of the Tom Petty family we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader, and friend Tom Petty", a representative for Petty said in a statement, confirming the singer's death. Zanes told "CBS This Morning" he first met the singer along with his own band as a teenager and was a rabid fan of Petty. He chuckled and nodded. Petty. Thanks for taking us into the great wide open.

- "Tom Petty was a stud". But Benyo would go on to struggle with mental illness and drug addiction, and Petty soon found himself mired in drugs, as well. I got in my vehicle and blasted the album on my way home.

From an early age, he was obsessed with the arts and knew that music was his outlet to communicating with the world. It's somber and a little bit angry, telling an ex-girlfriend that she'll never find somebody better than him. "You never slow down, you never grow old".

Finally, here is one Petty would have liked: "He is definitely gone". He became a rock icon because of it.

Prior to his Instagram tribute, John posted to Twitter about Petty's death, writing, "I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted know what it felt like to fly". Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers last show was at the Hollywood Bowl on September 25, 2017. "To me, American music was all about listening in the auto", Petty told Rolling Stone.

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But where to begin? Songwriting, melody, approach, distinct sound? Guitarist Warren Haynes led the quartet through a first set bust out cover of Petty's "Breakdown", which Mule had not played since August 2016.

1989's "Free Fallin" appeared on Petty's debut solo album, "Full Moon Fever", and peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the early 1980s, he was again at war with MCA, this time over the label's plans to charge extra money, a dollar higher than the standard $8.98, for his album "Hard Promises". He won that battle, and earned lifelong devotion from so many of his fans in the process.

But in the midst of mourning during the past 24 hours, Petty has also made me feel like an inferior writer.

He would speak of being consumed by rock music since childhood, to the point where his father, whom Petty would later say beat him savagely, thought he was "mental". "R.I.P. Tom Petty. Thank you for your handsome music and inspiration". I just want everything to be okay. "Yeah, she looks so right / She is all I need tonight!" "He will be missed by everyone who loves music". We might enjoy a beat, melody or guitar riff.

The rocker's songs-soulful, raw, nasal-voiced, never flashy-sound best emanating from a rusty dive-bar jukebox late at night, or blasting from your vehicle radio during a highway joyride. They make us feel something. And with one or two notable exceptions (in Warren Zanes' Petty: The Biography, an incredible book I read just a month or two ago, he said of 1985's overproduced and conceptually half-baked Southern Accents, "When I hear that one, I can taste the cocaine in the back of my mouth"), he played to his strengths for 40 years.