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Oct 2, 2017 - 1:11:11 PM
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Story here.

Always liked him. Thought his music had a marvelous honesty to it.

Oct 2, 2017 - 1:35:41 PM



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I never cared much for his songs - - - but I realize the impact he had on the music industry, and its sad to see one more of the "pillars" pass away.  May he R.I.P.

Oct 2, 2017 - 1:37:27 PM

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I really enjoyed his contributions to music. and his variety. I know a couple of folks that this news will devastate them as fans. What happened? Brad sorry, I just noticed you posted the link.

Edited by - rinemb on 10/02/2017 13:38:05

Oct 2, 2017 - 1:39:37 PM

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I was just listening to Full Moon Fever yesterday.

Oct 2, 2017 - 1:50:43 PM



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apparent heart attack..i always liked tom petty

Oct 2, 2017 - 2:11:43 PM

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Oct 2, 2017 - 2:18:29 PM
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I had the opportunity in the eighties to see Tom Petty and Bob Dylan in concert here in the Seattle area. One fine show by who I then dubbed "two of the greatest whiner rockers of all time". I was referring to their vocal styles; not their attitudes. Another fine member of the Angel Band has left for home.

Oct 2, 2017 - 2:21:06 PM
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This one hurts. Love, love, love Tom, and his music, and his amazing band (the rare band that is better live than on record). He was a great songwriter with a most likable persona. We've lost a lot of major artists in the last few years but this one really hits home for me, very sad.

Oct 2, 2017 - 2:28:13 PM

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Now I'm seeing that there are conflicting reports. One says that Mr. Petty is on life support.

Oct 2, 2017 - 2:28:40 PM



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My wife & I have a running joke that when we hear 2 songs in a row by the same guy we say "Did he die?"

I went up town a little while ago & heard 3 Tom Petty songs in a row & I knew it.

I gotta say he'll be missed.

Oct 2, 2017 - 2:41 PM



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Originally posted by pandjlocke

Now I'm seeing that there are conflicting reports. One says that Mr. Petty is on life support.

Yeah, they rushed to report his death.  He did have a heart attack and was found unconscious, then taken to the hospital, but he had a DNR order (do not resuscitate).  So they took him off life support.  But at the moment, he has not actually died yet.  There is always the chance he could pull through on his own, but sadly, death appears imminent. 

Oct 2, 2017 - 2:42:14 PM

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Originally posted by pandjlocke

Now I'm seeing that there are conflicting reports. One says that Mr. Petty is on life support.

Yah, report is that someone RIPtweeted...then repealed the tweet.

Whatever the result: Rock on, TP!

Oct 2, 2017 - 3:12:35 PM

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Oct 2, 2017 - 3:44:02 PM
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Oct 2, 2017 - 5:13:21 PM



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Gone too soon. RIP. Hearts broken

Oct 2, 2017 - 6:14:41 PM

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Is it even true? Really heart-stopping dead? Brain-dead and off life support until he's heart dead?
More choices than I thought a dead person had. All of the above?

A body of work and a great contribution to the arts. Probably no coming back at all. Just 66(?) Darn.

Oct 2, 2017 - 8:09:31 PM

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I've always managed to confuse Tom Petty and Richard Petty.  I've done it again.  

Oct 2, 2017 - 9:05:13 PM

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Joined Jan 16, 2010 wife and I just saw him in concert 3-4 weeks ago in Seattle! I went I to that concert not caring about him or his music, and afterwards...I was a fan. He was so fun, and put on a great show, he really seemed to care about his fans. I hope he turns out ok.

Oct 2, 2017 - 9:26:29 PM

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Sad news. He always seemed a musician of integrity. RIP.

Oct 3, 2017 - 3:19:34 AM

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Another great gone.

Oct 3, 2017 - 8:03:41 AM

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One of my all time favorite rock artists…tough news yesterday on a day filled with tough news.

I saw him with the Heartbreakers for the first time in the summer of 1999, and who knows how many hundreds of shows since, it’s still one of the best concerts I have ever seen.

In my opinion, Into the Great Wide Open is his best album, and it flies way under the radar. Give it a listen if you don’t know it.

Oct 3, 2017 - 8:22:41 AM
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---"and afterwards...I was a fan. He was so fun, and put on a great show, he really seemed to care about his fans."

That's the thing. After a Tom Petty concert, you tend to feel like he is a friend. You didn't just watch him perform, you shared time with him and made a connection. He shared a lot of his personality, was often funny, a bit of a goofball, and it was clear that he loved playing music for his fans. I had a stronger emotional reaction to this news than to other significant artists who have passed because of that personal connection, and that was a connection that he shared with millions.

Oct 3, 2017 - 7:42:18 PM

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I loved Tom Petty and Ozzy for the same reason, they made you feel like they really appreciated you being at their gig.

Oct 4, 2017 - 7:28:04 PM
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I really didn't pay much attention to Tom until he was in the Traveling Wilburys. At the time, I wondered why he was invited into what was a real invitation-only group. He was younger and the least well-known. Seemed like an odd choice to me.
So I began to listen to him more seriously.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was always really all Tom, but the guy wrote truly good songs, sang them well, and for him, the song was the big deal. He gave his band plenty of room to breathe, and while he could have been like Prince, and taken all the spotlight for himself, always was the glue to keep every song together.

That was the quality he brought to the Wilburys. He glued them together in his quiet, non-effacing way, and wrote them some good songs to sing. Notice he's playing the bass in the video. That was Tom's way. He did what a song or a group needed to have in ways that were always very fitting.

Tom knew how good he was, but it wasn't an ego trip for him. Music was his driving force in life, and he thought it was an important one for all of us. He tried to write and choose meaningful words to sing and catchy sounds to play.

And did both very well for a very long time.

Oct 4, 2017 - 7:31:43 PM



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Tom had a program on Sirius XX for a while. He really came across as authentic, and a big fan of older rock’n’roll and earlier musics.

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