I am in absolute shock. Just learned the news that legendary musician Tom Petty was taken off life support about an hour ago and declared dead from cardiac arrest. Petty was 66 years old.
The first rock concert I ever attended was the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers “Damn the Torpedos” tour in the summer of 1979 at the Met Center in Bloomington. I later saw Petty and the Heartbreakers both open for and back Bob Dylan, while also joining the Grateful Dead at their gargantuan “Dylan and The Dead” show at the Metrodome on June 26, 1986. The sound/acoustics at both venues was fair (Met) to extremely poor (Dome), but it really didn’t matter. I was with good, good friends at both shows, and joy was experienced by all.
Damn Tom. Sure wish you couldn’t have stayed longer. Right now we need more like you, not fewer. Vegas already made this a tough day. Paint It Black.