In Honor of Rock Legend Tom Petty

Commentary: Yesterday sucked and today hurts

25, Petty completed his 40th anniversary tour with a performance at The Hollywood Bowl.

Members of the group "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers" Ron Blair, Tom Petty, Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell pose at the premiere of the documentary film from director Peter Bogdanovich "Runnin' Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers" at Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, California, U.S., October 2, 2007.

"To me, Tom Petty represented a kind of songwriting I idolized: complex simplicity".

Tom Hoopes at Aleteia sums up the reason parents of a certain age have such a profound love of Tom Petty, despite the man's flaws: "Tom Petty provided the soundtrack to my life". Accompanied by guitarist Bryce Dessner, singer Matt Berninger crooned the lyrics to "Damaged by Love", a song from Petty's third, and final, solo album, 2006's Highway Companion. "With a little kid, that's a lot of time". "American Girl", "Breakdown", "Mary Jane's last Dance", "Free Fallin'", "Refugee", "I Won't Back Down"- I mean these are some of the first songs musicians learn, and grew up on. I don't even think it's that healthy for me.

At that moment, I felt the urge to get off the bus.

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It seems to me that he channeled all of his worries and woes into his music, and in doing so he created a handsome gift for us to enjoy and reflect upon. In 1981, their album, "Hard Promises" became a top-ten hit and went platinum.

Along with his band the Heartbreakers, Petty helped weave the fabric of American rock-and-roll for decades. He also formed the band The Travelling Wilburys with fellow artists George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne.

He would speak of being consumed by rock music since childhood, to the point where his father, whom Petty would later say beat him savagely, thought he was "mental". Despite my low cell connection, I checked Twitter for about the umpteenth time that day and my eyes immediately shot to a tweet from director and journalist Cameron Crowe, "no words. just thanks".

Legendary rocker Tom Petty has sadly passed away on Monday, at 66-years old.

Petty's Americana twang, combined with simple rock & roll music and romanticised stories of rebellious individuals nearly always existing somewhere in California struck a chord with listeners, and tracks like "The Waiting", "Listen To Her Heart", "Refugee", "Mary Jane's Last Dance", and "Learning To Fly" were immediate hits.

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