RIP Tom Petty

Submitted by Kevin13 on October 2nd, 2017 at 3:41 PM

Just finished a tour last Monday and today died of caridac arrest..



October 2nd, 2017 at 5:54 PM ^

underappreciated band that was, IMO.

Also just saw Dave Strader passed yesterday.  Wings play-by-play guy of my youth (though he moved on before the Wings' Cup years).


October 2nd, 2017 at 5:54 PM ^

Damn this sucks. Normally, don’t pay attention to celebrities but he was the first concert I ever went to about 10 years ago at Van Andel.

Dorothy_ Mantooth

October 2nd, 2017 at 6:15 PM ^

old wave, new wave, alt-country...rockers - didn't matter, Petty was cool to pretty much everyone across all music lines

...and some psycho jackwad in Vegas steals the headlines - no justice


October 2nd, 2017 at 6:29 PM ^

The great classic rock artists are dying off at a rapid pace. 

I always enjoyed his song about Michigan State, Even the Losers get Lucky sometime.


October 2nd, 2017 at 6:48 PM ^

Record company held up his career 3 years because he wouldn't change the lyrics to ( so you think your going to take her away with your money and your champagne) instead of cocain. He finally won, good for him. Great band.


October 4th, 2017 at 3:08 AM ^

I saw Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers at The Fillmore in SF (with Taj Mahal to open!).  It was a great show and I'm glad I got to see him in a smaller venue where he could really shine.

One moment I remember was when someone up front turned around and was about to throw a punch when Tom stopped playing and said in a serious voice "Whoa - that's not cool.  If you're gonna fight someone, it's gonna be me, and I don't think the audience is gonna like that ..."

(I'm not sure of the exact wording, because as he continued he got drowned out by cheers!)

Then he looked at the band, nodded his head and they picked up right where they left off.

RIP, sir.  I really don't feel a whole lot better now that you're gone.


rob f

October 2nd, 2017 at 10:44 PM ^

after having seen him waaayy back in the late 70s leading off for Neil and Crazy Horse.

Gone too soon, condolences to his family, especially his grandkids (his recently-stated reason for deciding this was his last major tour was specifically to have time with his grandkids).

Life's not fair, especially today. RIP to a true great.*

*(edit: that is, if and when he does pass on, since apparently it's not yet certain)


October 2nd, 2017 at 11:49 PM ^

i mean this is a michigan blog so i'm shocked that no one has started the discussion on why lack of brain activity does not equal death and so on.


Then again, this is the blog that has monthly discussions of who is the best frontman of all time.  so carry on.


and here's a vote for "Walls".


October 3rd, 2017 at 1:44 AM ^

Because there is no way in a governed multiverse that Tom Petty should precede in death the apparently immortal Keith Richards. Still, I do like them Indiana girls. RIP for now.


October 3rd, 2017 at 5:48 AM ^

H-Bomb Test in North Korea; Hurricane Devastation in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean; Horrific Massacre in Las Vegas; . . . and now, Hall of Fame Rocker Tom Petty's Unexpected, Premature Death.

Feels like the world should "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around."  Love live the memory and the music of the leader of the Heartbreakers!  Way too soon  for him to have reached the "End of the Line."


October 3rd, 2017 at 8:59 AM ^

Petty was one of the great rock-n-roll songwriters. While I personally would't put him in the pantheon of Dylan, Springsteen, or Paul Simon, I could also easily make the case that he does belong. The Heartbreakers were such an amazing band and Mike Campbell does not get his due as a guitar all.

There are so many hits, but Petty also had countless deep cuts that the average fan does not know. Always surprises me when people dont know a song like "Walls." If you have time today I recommend exploring his catalog a bit deeeper. 

Some recs off the top of my head

Walls, Straight into Darkness, Echo, Flirting with Time, Square One, Room at the Top....or just play his 1999 album "Echo" written in the wake of his divorce. Tons of great songs there.