USA rocker Tom Petty reported 'clinging to life'

Casey Dawson
October 6, 2017

Tom Petty died just a week after the final concert on his 40th anniversary tour with the Heartbreakers. And now, with Petty's death, rock fans have one fewer voice of reason to explain our national conscience in song, or to help us seek catharsis in the form of a live show.

Last night, Bruce Springsteen opened the first preview of his Broadway show in NY with a dedication to his friend and fellow rock icon, Tom Petty.

At the young of age of 17, Petty was a high school drop-out who founded a short-lived country-rock band called Mudcrutch.

Tom Petty performs on the main stage on day 2 of The Isle of Wight Festival at Seaclose Park on June 22, 2012 in Newport, Isle of Wight. Over the following decades, the band turned out over a dozen studio albums and a steady string of hits that included "Don't Do Me Like That", "Refugee", "Free Fallin'" and "American Girl". I mean, if I think about it very long, it frightens me. I.

A prime element of his success was the appreciation he showed toward the roots of rock "n" roll. I Love his band, his approach, his music, his [demeanor, ] his wonderful songs [and his] exquisite recordings. "He was a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I'll never forget him".

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Anyway, that tour-which Petty announced was going to be his last major trek (so that he could spend time with family, especially his granddaughter)-finally wound down late last month on the West Coast, not far from his home. Then the story changed and CBS walked back their reporting as LAPD said that they, in fact, did not have any news about Petty, nor did they have an investigative role.

On September 25 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played at the legendary LA venue The Hollywood Bowl.

A little background. Talk to just about any successful musician who started their career in the '60s, '70s, or '80s and you'll find out that their first contract was terribly one-sided. In 2014, around the time he received an ASCAP Founders Award, he told The Associated Press that he thought of himself as "kind of a music historian". Because it was always the impurity of Petty's music that made it feel so sublime.

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