R.I.P. Tom Petty


Rock icon Tom Petty has passed away at the age of 66, following a full cardiac arrest on Sunday night that left him with no brain activity. On Monday, October 2nd, the decision was made to pull him off life support. His longtime manager Tony Dimitriades released the following statement: “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. He died peacefully surrounded by family, his bandmates, and friends.”

Petty holds a rich rock n’ roll legacy, as a solo artist, leader of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and part of the supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. As one of the best-selling music artists of all time, his unique brand of “heartland rock” defined him as the voice of “middle-class dreamers.” He rose to prominence in the ’70s with Top 40 hits “Breakdown”, “Don’t Do Me Like That,” and “American Girl,” just to name a few. And, his early adoption of stylistic music videos kept him in the spotlighting during the ’80s as he continued to hit the charts with “Don’t Come Around Here No More”, “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” and “Into The Great Wide Open”, again just to name a very few. Over his lengthy career, he received three Grammy Awards (along with 18 nominations), received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Petty had recently concluded a five-month-long 40th Anniversary U.S. tour, including a sold-out show at Seattle’s Safeco Field in August.

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  1. Bryn Gribben
    Posted October 3, 2017 at 11:06 am | Permalink


    I’m hoping Tom Petty’s birthday, October 20th (the day after my own), will be a full day of his music on KEXP. More than any of the other rock star deaths in the past years, his is the one that hurts me most. His friendship with my favorite Beatle and how he kept a band together for forty years made me appreciate his personhood, and my early twenties are still set to his music.. It was disappointing this morning to turn on KEXP and hear any artist other than him being played.


  2. Mad Hatter
    Posted October 4, 2017 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Agree with the idea of October 20th as a dau of Tom Petty remembrance.

    Please make it so!

  3. Posted October 4, 2017 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Why is it so difficult to get the music to play so I can enjoy all of the music? It’s painful to not be able to listen to the music.

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