Hollywood Minute: Tribute To Tom Petty

Tom Petty

You may not know that Petty played what turned out to be his final shows just last Monday at the Hollywood Bowl, selling out three shows to conclude the band's 40th anniversary tour. Both of my parents are Gainesville transplants, and a pantheon of Tom Petty albums comprised the bulk of their CD collection that accompanied us on the ride to school, in the drive-thru at McDonald's, or on family trips to state parks.

I still shake my head at newscasts that show only Petty's last performance, which occurred a week before his death.

Even a lyrically basic song like "The Apartment Song" ("Oh yeah, I'm alright, I just feel a little lonely tonight / I'm okay, most of the time / I just feel a little lonely tonight") left me entranced with its heartland, nearly country-rock sound and paradoxically tongue-in-cheek but relatable words. I don't even think it's that healthy for me. "If I'm gonna get it together to go make a record, I want it to be something that does feel timeless and honest". "I have a granddaughter now I'd like to see as much as I can".

Dylan said in his statement that Petty was "a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I'll never forget him".

Maybe I thought I could stop the silence that follows after, or maybe I thought I could curb the tears of millions, falling down thicker than that Louisiana rain.




Petty was both a musician and obsessive fan, one who met his childhood heroes and lived out the fantasies of countless young rock lovers. He was also in the impromptu super group The Traveling Wilburys joined by rock legends such as, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne. "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are America's band". Sadly, Petty's untimely death earlier this week means that interview was the rock icon's very last.

As Petty said, he would not be "bought and sold like a piece of meat".

Legendary rocker Tom Petty has sadly passed away on Monday, at 66-years old. Are we shocked? Petty has had an incredible influence on many artists in the industry and Swift one among many. "Eyes down at my door/ And she holds out her hand/ I love you so deep/ But you can't understand", Berninger sang in a video alongside the message "singing Petty songs all day long".

The utterly surreal music video for "Don't Come Around Here No More", in which Petty plays Alice In Wonderland's Mad Hatter, is a ideal example of his sense of humour.

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