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R.I.P Tom Petty

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Skully, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. Rasmuth

    Rasmuth Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 10, 2006
    Churchville, NY
    There was no more important musical figure in my life than Tom Petty. Bar none.

    Things will never be the same.
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  2. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity

    Dec 8, 2010
    Up North
    Getting to this party kind of late.
    Some friends and I held a Petty-Party after work.
    It's always sad when we lose a Decent Human Being like him.
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  3. Skully

    Skully Doctor of Teleocity

    Jun 12, 2003
    Glamorous NoHo
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  4. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    Will be terribly missed.

  5. howlin

    howlin Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 19, 2007
    Who wants to know?
    I know he was talking about hanging it up after this tour to focus on other things and I couldn't help but think that Tom looked exhausted in that video.:cry:

  6. zimbo

    zimbo Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Jan 15, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    Very sad news. Only 2 Wilburys left and Dylan who usually is quiet made a statement about Tom Petty. They also said that the Heartbreakers went to see him in the hospital before he passed.
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  7. TwangToInfinity

    TwangToInfinity Tele-Holic

    May 2, 2013

  8. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    I was thinking the very same thing.

    I'm always complaining about how music was really "lost" from 1974-1980, but I do want to acknowledge that Tom and his band really lifted me up, when they came along in 1976. There weren't too many people at the top of their game just then, but Tom and The Heartbreakers sure were.
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  9. raysachs

    raysachs Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    May 21, 2017
    Near Philly
    I'd say Springsteen was also in a real peak period too. Not coincidentally the two best American songwriters in rock outside of Dylan, in my opinion anyway.

    That last interview was kind of sad but also really nice to hear. Because he clearly went out on a high. He sounded like he has in any interview I've heard of his from the past 10 years or so. He sounded really happy, super pleased with the tour they'd just finished, and looking forward to producing some young band he's been working with. So he died a little young, but he basically went out in his sleep during a great period of his life, without months or years of suffering. We should all be so lucky, man.

    And he was clearly one of the good guys in a business that creates a lot of jerks...


  10. DavidP

    DavidP Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    Vancouver, BC
    Well said, raysachs...

  11. P Thought

    P Thought Poster Extraordinaire

    I'm no diarist, but back in June I started a journal to record my last year teaching. I thought today's entry might be OK in this thread:

    Yesterday I was conscious all day of feeling mortal. I mentioned it to Lisa when I got home; she said she’d been thinking about that, too. It’s like a storm. Not a typhoon, where you take cover, but the kind of storm where you watch out the window, and if you go out you hold on to your hat. All this retirement business is part of it, clouds and breeze. Tom Petty, I think, is what really dropped the barometer. 67. If I’d lived in Gainesville, or he’d lived in Boonville, we’d have gone to high school together. Of course he didn’t know me, but he was such a driver of the scene that I’d have known him if he walked in the door, wouldn’t have been too surprised either.

    All the talk is about what a shock, what a shame, how tragic, so young. What a talent.

    I’ll miss him, too, but to me his death (there have been others lately, but somehow Tom Petty’s has affected me differently) is a bellwether, a signal that this really isn’t going on forever, the guard really will change, and we’ll all of us be someday as dead as the people who lived during the Civil War, a few of whom were still alive when I was born. We’re “baby-boomers”, Lisa and I, children of the generation that fought the Great War, won it. This morning I was thinking that it might have been because of that horrible war, World War II, that they let us grow up feeling invincible, immortal, forever young. We really have lived our lives in a time and place that is rare in human history, a time and place of unparalleled peace and prosperity. We’ve built whole industries promoting health, youth, and vigor; the technical advances in the entertainment business have made giants of the people who play the parts, write the words, sing the songs, play the guitars. And the giants are frozen on film, on the web, on digital record. Immortal.

    I can listen to his music as long as I live, I probably shall, but now suddenly Tom Petty is gone, as dead as William Tecumseh Sherman or Edgar Allen Poe. As dead as my dad, my mom, my sister, my friend Harry. 67. I feel a loss, but it’s not a tragedy. A child drowned is a tragedy. A mother taken from her children, or a teen suicide, is a tragedy. Tom Petty is a bellwether, the sound you hear through the fog, over the hill, that lets you know the cows are coming home.

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  12. Bellacaster

    Bellacaster Tele-Holic

    Sep 5, 2010
    Ypsilanti, MI
    Thank you for sharing this.
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  13. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 27, 2011
    Parts Unknown
    The death of a close person, often hits me in a delayed still hasn't entirely sunk in, about Tom's passing :confused: Which reminds me, my father, (who's almost 84), suggested we watch Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Live from Gatorville, about a year ago. He really liked them, so I wanna check it out again, over this Thanksgiving weekend, visiting his place :)
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  14. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Memphis TN
    I can't remember the date but a buddy and I saw Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at the Orpheum Theatre here in Memphis, I'm thinking it was before they did a major restoration late in 1982.

    At any rate, it was an excellent show, they had a backline of the old Vox Beatle amp stacks.
    That was the only time I saw them live, they did a show here this year with Joe Walsh but I missed it.

    So many great songs, with the Heartbreakers, solo, duets, and of course the Traveling Wilburys.

  15. umasstele

    umasstele Tele-Afflicted

    I wish I could come up with something clever and meaningful to say, but I can't. I've been thinking about this since he passed.

    My favorite artist for the last 10 years. All I've got is thank you Tom; for bringing me and my friends closer, making me a better musician, showing me that there is good in the music business, and for all of the lyrics which guys like me can read, and feel something from.

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  16. cactusrob

    cactusrob Friend of Leo's

    Aug 26, 2009
    Very well stated...

  17. Tele1966

    Tele1966 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 30, 2014
    Outstanding post. For Whom the Bell Tolls. Recognizing mortality is a great thing.
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