Tom Petty Dies: Rockers React
The news of Tom Petty’s death at the age of 66 has elicited an outpouring of grief and recollections from his peers, friends and the countless musicians he influenced over the years.
Petty’s death was confirmed Monday after reports surfaced that he suffered full cardiac arrest last night and was rushed to the hospital with no brain activity. He was pulled off life support, according to reports.
Everyone from old-school bands like the Zombies to contemporaries like Meat Loaf to relatively newer artists like Def Leppard‘s Rick Allen have taken to Twitter and other social media to express their sadness over Petty’s death.
His Traveling Wilburys bandmate Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone, “it’s shocking, crushing news. I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend – and I’ll never forget him.”
“So sad to hear of Tom’s demise,” wrote David Coverdale on Twitter. “Such a wonderful talent & super guy.” “Shocked & upset 2 hear about #tompetty,” echoed Billy Idol. “‘We got lucky when we found u….’”
Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time.
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 2, 2017
— Slash (@Slash) October 3, 2017
— Peter Gabriel (@itspetergabriel) October 3, 2017
— Alice Cooper (@RealAliceCooper) October 3, 2017
Tom's music means the world to me and my wife, Julie. He is her favorite artist.. We are just devastated to hear of our friend's passing. pic.twitter.com/13UnJMMff2
— John Fogerty (@John_Fogerty) October 3, 2017
SAD SAD. day. I just heard Tom passed.
One of the great ones.
Thank you for all the great music T- Rest in peace.
— Joe Walsh (@JoeWalsh) October 3, 2017
— The Zombies (@TheZombiesMusic) October 2, 2017
Rest In Peace Tom Petty
— Rick Allen (@rickallenlive) October 2, 2017
So sad to hear of Tom’s demise…such a wonderful talent & super guy…RIP…:( pic.twitter.com/oVxOpLrAMl
— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) October 2, 2017
— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) October 2, 2017
— Sammy Hagar (@sammyhagar) October 2, 2017
Reflecting the thoughts of many music fans today, no doubt, Meat Loaf said, “Today just gets worse. The very talented musician, writer Tom Petty has just passed away.” And Paul Stanley wrote, “No! We have lost Tom Petty. From our opening act in the seventies to becoming a brilliant songwriter and performer I have loved his music.”
So sad about Tom Petty, he made some great music. Thoughts are with his family.
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) October 3, 2017
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) October 3, 2017
Today Just gets worse . The very talented musician , writer Tom Petty has just passed away . Another great has… https://t.co/7L6gdlMD3E
— Meat Loaf (@RealMeatLoaf) October 2, 2017
Such sad news today. Our thoughts are with Tom Pettys family, friends and fans…. https://t.co/yYpoukeTKJ
— FOGHAT (@FOGHAT) October 2, 2017
No! We have lost Tom Petty. From our opening act in the seventies to becoming a brilliant songwriter and performer I have loved his music. pic.twitter.com/yhyPCfm2l6
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) October 2, 2017
God bless Tom Petty peace and love to his family I'm sure going to miss you Tom ✌️☮️ pic.twitter.com/CktFyhBdxT
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) October 2, 2017
RIP Tom Petty https://t.co/38oYIEZN4X
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) October 3, 2017
RIP Tom Petty https://t.co/2ay75JxD8i
— NEAL SCHON MUSIC (@NealSchonMusic) October 3, 2017
Petty’s most recent run of concerts wrapped up just last week in California with three shows at the Hollywood Bowl. These dates began back in April as a celebration of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 40th anniversary. Petty himself said he was thinking it may be the band’s last big tour, but his longtime bandmates weren’t so sure Petty was ready to pull off the road.
Shocked and so sad at the passing of Tom Petty. RIP. Bri
— Dr. Brian May (@DrBrianMay) October 3, 2017
Rest In Peace Tom. pic.twitter.com/gltuVWVNVj
— Def Leppard (@DefLeppard) October 3, 2017
I am shocked and saddened to hear about Tom Petty, a dear friend and a great musician. It was… https://t.co/ezVec4yY3l
— Joe Walsh (@JoeWalsh) October 3, 2017
#TomPetty was the Edward Hopper of American songwriters. He was a certain kind of bird that had no legs so he could never land on this earth; he lived his whole life in the sky. And now he will spread his wings and sleep on the wind. His name is written in the stars #TomPettyRIP
— John Mellencamp (@johnmellencamp) October 3, 2017
Just when I thought today could not get any worse…
R.I.P. Tom Petty. Thank you for your beautiful music and inspiration.
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) October 2, 2017
God Bless Tom Petty ….the music lives on https://t.co/u4KTExW1ct
— matt sorum (@mattsorum) October 3, 2017
A superb songwriting craftsman has crossed over…#RIPTomPetty
— John Densmore (@JohnDensmore) October 3, 2017
Praying for all those affected by Vegas last night.
And now the loss of one of my great influences Tom Petty today.
— Bon Jovi (@BonJovi) October 2, 2017
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