Rock superstar Tom Petty dies; sold 80 million records

Rock superstar Tom Petty dies; sold 80 million records

Since then, his talents as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter have earned him status a legend of rock and roll.

Fans were touched by both tributes, taking to Twitter to share their appreciation for the band.

The music world was shocked and saddened by the death of rock icon Tom Petty on Monday. Like the best of Petty's work.

While Petty is known nearly exclusively for rock music, he played within those confines with a particular zeal. That makes a kind of sense. At 66, his passing feels premature, to say the least-Dylan, his idol and bandmate, is still touring and recording at the age of 76-yet it helps pull his remarkable career into sharp relief. He produced an album for ex-Byrd Chris Hillman this year.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 30, 2014, in Morrison, Colorado. "He just attracted people".

The band's second album, "You're Gonna Get It!" in 1978, included the singles "Listen to Her Heart" and "I Need to Know". The band raced through its set that night, as if the tour plane engines were already revving, but I didn't mind. His songs are simple three- or four-chord structures, sometimes quiet, sometimes loud, but the hooks are absolutely impossible to deny.

Kristin Chenoweth - "RIP TOM PETTY!" And I really didn't have much idea of who Elvis was.

Tom Petty
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At first, some of the audience members looked a little skeptical - this was, after all, a far cry from the kind of music that Petty was about to play - but soon the group had the crowd participating a Nat King Cole cover, "hand-clappin' tunes" such as "If I Had a Hammer", and the unbelievable multi-octave harmonies of "Deep River".

Sass Jordan always considered Tom Petty a huge musical influence, so she jumped at the chance to watch him rehearse back in the mid-1990s. As tributes began to pour in online, others recreated the magic of Petty's music live onstage. I bought it on impulse at Target.

"Phenomenal show tonight guys", one user wrote. Petty took on record companies every few years. The thing hit me like a hammer. This move made it the first time a Tom Petty album was the first on the charts throughout his career. Original drummer Stan Lynch left in 1994, and was replaced by Steve Ferrone.

Who couldn't relate to the hope, and the threat of disappointment, in lines like those? Everybody else was the same - the Heartbreakers were a gang, and once you were in, you were in. It was a raw, hard-rocking disc steeped in the blues. But Petty also possessed a great capacity for hard-won warmth - for having sounded so tortured, weary, angry, knowing and defiant that his moments of grace, when they came around, rang all the more true. I finally saw one great American band I'd been a fan of for 30 years. "I turned anger into ambition", he told one interviewer.

After a minute of silence following a tragic day - 59 people died and 527 were injured in a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas - lead singer Chris Martin and his band were joined on guitar by R.E.M. vet Peter Buck for a rendition of "Free Fallin, '" one of Petty's biggest and most enduring hits, from his 1989 solo debut, Full Moon Fever. It means more than that to me.

As we mourn the losses of all lost on October 2, 2017, let's remember the lyric from Tom Petty's hit song "You And I Will Meet Again".

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