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    RIP-TOM PETTY

    I'm in mourning, he was one of my Rock Heros!




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    The reports I see say he's still "clinging to life". Do you know something I don't?

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    They had him listed dead on several sites this afternoon.
    I don't see it now, I guess they may have revived him.
    I did find this.
    Tom Petty: Confusion over conflicting reports of singer's death following heart attack | The Independent

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    At any rate, it doesn't look good.

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    I think it is official now.
    It is still a sad thing.
    Music legend Tom Petty dies - CNN

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    That sucks. Truly, an American Icon.

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    Of all the greats I've seen go in the last few years, Tom may be the first who I see truly crossed a generational gulf. Among my social circle, he was universally loved by people of all ages and locations, from young teenagers to the senior statesmen and women. These are folks who like pop, rap, country, classical, rock, and everything in between. Usually these kinds of deaths trigger "pissing contests" about someone being "not so great," but I haven't seen that yet with Tom.

    I put it on Facebook earlier, Thanks, Tom - you wrote love songs for the rest of us who never subscribed to the Disney Channel.

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    I guess that the reports of his death were not greatly exaggerated. What a pity.

    I remember the first time I heard a Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tune. I was driving the U-Haul van van for my brother as he moved to Denver. The day after we got everything unloaded we decided to drive up to the ski resorts to go skiing. "Refugee" was getting a lot of airplay then, it was the big radio song from Damn the Torpedoes. Every time I hear that song I end up thinking about moving my brother to Denver and going skiing. It's funny how a song burns itself into your memory like that.

    This link is 23 minutes old:

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/rocker-...ty-dead-at-66/

    His music transcended generations. In the 1990s I got invited to go to one of his shows by my best friend's parents. They had an extra ticket so they invited me to go along.

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    Someone's putting together a heck of a band in the afterlife. The first time I heard a Tom Petty song was an epiphany. I never identified with the actual writing angle of songs in the rock genre like that before. I wasn't too exited about a lot of his later, more folky work because a guy like him could write songs like that standing on his head. And they were still great, and eminently popular songs. Too young. He will be missed.

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    I'm sorry to hear of Petty's death. We heard the news yesterday, and had been hoping he would recover.

    At least he lived a full life, and died with family around him. Nobody can ask for more than that.

    -Gnobuddy

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    Way too young to go.

    And he just came off a grueling tour.

    Here is a nice quote from Tom that I found:
    "Music, as far as I have seen in the world so far, is the only real magic that I know. There is something really honest and clean and pure and it touches you in your heart."

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    Whether you're a fan or not, I think that the 'Runnin' Down a Dream' documentary is well worth watching
    Even at ~4 hours!
    If you can't cope with that long a sitting, at least catch the section that covers the story of the recording of 'Damn The Torpedoes', it brings home what strength of character he must have had to face down the record company.
    He seemed like a great guy, a rare mix of personal and artistic integrity, humble but able to say no and mean it.
    It's a pity he didn't get to enjoy a retirement with his grandkids.

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    I for one, don't care anything about a rockers personal life.
    What they were, or what they were not!
    For me it is strictly about the music and the music they produced.
    Whether they were drug attics, or not, is not of my concern.
    IMO, its the music that rules, and lives on!
    RIP TOM!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pdf64 View Post
    catch the section that covers the story of the recording of 'Damn The Torpedoes', it brings home what strength of character he must have had to face down the record company.
    It's hard enough dealing with any record company, but Tom must have been super miffed to have been traded like a tenth-string ball player especially to a shady outfit like MCA. In the late 70's the scuttlebutt had it that MCA was a mob outfit, and later reports supported that. Wikipedia: "In 1993 William Knoedelseder, a business writer for the Los Angeles Times, released the book 'Stiffed: A True Story of MCA, the Music Business, and the Mafia'. This volume detailed MCA's connections to organized crime during the 1980s." That transition didn't suddenly happen in 1980. So extra points to Mr. Petty for being astute enough to get out of a bad situation.

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    He will be missed by so many.

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    I liked all his music with attitude!



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    I've just listened to Anthology. Thanks Tom. I'll miss you

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    I've seen Tom a couple of times. Always a great show. And, for the techies, you can't go wrong with Robert Scovill! One of the best in the business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Dude View Post
    I've seen Tom a couple of times. Always a great show. And, for the techies, you can't go wrong with Robert Scovill! One of the best in the business.
    Early 90's Tom had mixing wiz Mark Deadman at the front-of-house console. I got some good stories off Mark when I worked with him in 98-99.

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    I honestly don't know anyone who dislikes Tom Petty.
    I was just talking to my boss on Friday about him. I asked him if he'd ever had the chance to catch him in concert, to which he said that he'd seen him a couple of time. I said that I wish I had seen him before, but I plan to see him the next time he comes around...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoulFetish View Post
    I honestly don't know anyone who dislikes Tom Petty.
    I don't think I do, either.

    My wife and I performed "Free Falllin'" at our jam last night, as a tiny little tribute to Petty. She sang, I played guitar and did some of the backup vocals. (A friend did the rest of the backup vocals.)

    As a musician, that song was an eye-opener to me the first time I sat down to work it out on guitar. Just the same chords, over and over, usually a recipe for rapid boredom for me, and yet it manages to be a great song. The call and response vocals have a lot to do with that, I think, along with the powerful mental imagery conjured up by those two simple words: "free falling".

    It takes a good cook to make great food out of simple ingredients, and it takes a good songwriter to make a great song out of such a simple song structure.

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    Here's a pretty nice Write-Up Obituary!
    https://www.theguardian.com/music/20...petty-obituary

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    I just found this thread, wandering around in the other areas of MEF. His passing likewise hit me hard. I was working at Cherokee Recording Studios when he was recording the vocals with Stevie Nicks 'Stop Dragging My Heart Around' in Studio A. Being on the evening shift at that studio, I often set up the 24 track & 2-track machines for his sessions. Got to hear some amazing material back then. Too young to die!

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