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Tom Petty remembered for defining 'moments, memories, people and places'

Tom Petty remembered for defining 'moments, memories, people and places'”

Petty rose to fame in the 1970s with his band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but the singer was also a successful solo artist who left his mark on a generation. He toured up until his death, last performing on September 25 at the Hollywood Bowl.

The music world was sent into shock when reports of Petty's untimely passing spread around the news yesterday. His vocals captured our soul with songs that sounded like hits the first time we heard them.

After seeing the house, the guy with the vehicle got spooked and drove off, leaving Petty inside. "We'd be stupid if we did", Petty told Rolling Stone in the late '70s of his style, which - despite his knack for inventive songcraft - would stay largely the same throughout his career.

Musician Tom Petty (C) performs with singer Stevie Nicks (L) at the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year show held in his honor in Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 10, 2017.

Running Down a Dream (streaming on Netflix right now!) is Peter Bogdanovich's straightforward but exhaustive look at Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The 76-year-old singer and his late friend - who passed away last Monday (02.10.17) aged 66 after having his life support turned off following a cardiac arrest and the "Mr. Tambourine Man" singer has been "crushed" by his pal's death.

Petty looked back that night for sure. This one seems even more poignant in these last couple days and decided we'd open the show with it. RIP @tompettyofficial and Have fun jamming with your Rock n Roll heroes in Rock n Roll Heaven.

In 2010, the band released "Mojo", described by USA Today as "a blend of blues and melodic rock [that] draws inspiration from the Chess Records vault and especially seminal bluesmen Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Little Walter".

Petty had already played L.A. on this 40th anniversary touring cycle with the Heartbreakers.

"There's no reason to cry, it's alright", Petty sings on the gorgeous ballad "No Reason to Cry" from 2010's "Mojo".

Around the time he drove the auto off the lot, he got a call from Bruce Springsteen.

Tom Petty died on Monday night, but inaccurate news of his death made its way around the internet much earlier in the day. The band's first song was the hit "Handle With Care".

Petty amassed a passionate fanbase, thanks to hits like "American Girl" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance".

"When my father got home...he came in, took a belt and beat the living shit out of me". We have lost Tom Petty. The band split up, but in 1976 Petty formed Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Maybe that's why there was no downtime in the Petty catalogue - every few years, he got a fresh start without changing the core of his writing gifts.



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