Heartbreakers Frontman Tom Petty dies at 66

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers last performed at Xcel Energy Center in June

Petty, usually backed by his longtime band the Heartbreakers, was known for such hits as "Free Fallin, '" "Refugee" and "American Girl". Petty died yesterday evening in Santa Monica surrounded by family, friends and bandmates.

After CBS News reported the legendary musician's death, citing the Los Angeles Police Department, the LAPD released a statement saying they had "no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty".

During his long career, Tom Petty made several concert appearances in Pittsburgh, where a local promoter who often booked him for shows remembers the late Rock & Roll Hall of Famer as "a tremendous and unique talent". He and the Heartbreakers had just completed a 40th anniversary tour, which included a headline performance at British Summer Time in Hyde Park in July.

"Growing up a kid in suburban CT in the late '80s, Tom Petty's music was the only thing like it, both on the radio and on MTV", he writes. "You know if people asked me who are your heroes, he's right at the top of the list", said Hollister. Read through more remembrances from Petty's peers at this link. "I just was a big fan", Crowe said.

If you love rock and roll, losing Tom Petty is like losing a former president.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed at Xcel Energy Center on June 3

Depending on what's in the recent vaults, Tom Petty's final recordings may not have been for himself. "I mean, 2017 has been a horrific year for music and so, it's close to home".

Petty died on Monday, after being rushed to hospital in full cardiac arrest and having to be put on life support.

Many clips were posted of Petty performing, either by himself, with The Heartbreakers, or with a plethora of talent such as Jeff Lynne, Prince, Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan and many more.

Petty and Hillman go way back, of course, and Hillman said he was always appreciative of Petty's devotion to the Byrds as an influence on his music.

"Down here on E Street, we're devastated and heartbroken over the death of Tom Petty".




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