Heartbreaking News

Ugh. Don’t do us like that. The great Tom Petty, one of the most prolific hit makers in rock history, has suffered a massive heart attack at the age of 66. There’s been some confusion in the media regarding his status. The previous link should provide updates. He and the Heartbreakers had just wrapped up their latest tour at the Hollywood Bowl. Petty had suggested this might be his band’s last big tour. “We’re all on the backside of our sixties. I have a granddaughter now I’d like to see as much as I can. I don’t want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that’s a lot of time.” (I feel like I should be able to come up with a perfect, memorable line. But Tom Petty already wrote all of those.)

+ For a retrospective on Petty’s amazing rise as one of the greatest songwriters and performers of his generation, check out the documentary Running Down a Dream.

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