Tom Petty's Daughter Shares Personal Photos Of Her Late Dad

Tom Petty Never Backed Down

Just days earlier, he had eerily spoken about the future of his band Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, insisting they could not continue if a member died.

Brian Wilson: I'm heartbroken to hear about Tom Petty.

Losing Tom Petty now, during a year when the soul of the country seems wracked with uncertainty and turmoil, seems even crueler.

Maybe that was what made Tom Petty's music so popular, so widely loved and often referenced-it was simple, heartfelt, and spoke to universal emotions in a unique and poignant way.

I was up late last night, curled up in my favorite chair with my house guitar, a Fender Telecaster, just like Petty's. "With a little kid, that's a lot of time". "I'd be lying if I didn't say I was thinking this might be the last big one". "If I'm gonna get it together to go make a record, I want it to be something that does feel timeless and honest".

He's a classic, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a Hollywood star and he will live on through his well-crafted lyrics, influencing generations to come. From our opening act in the seventies to becoming a brilliant songwriter and performer I have loved his music. I don't think so.

Anyway, that tour-which Petty announced was going to be his last major trek (so that he could spend time with family, especially his granddaughter)-finally wound down late last month on the West Coast, not far from his home.

He wrapped up a tour with the Heartbreakers on September 25. Petty kept busy by also recording with the rock group Mudcrutch and the Traveling Wilburys, a folk-rock supergroup featuring Bob Dylan, George Harrison and others.

He was one of rock's most legendary, influential and successful icons. Then the story changed and CBS walked back their reporting as LAPD said that they, in fact, did not have any news about Petty, nor did they have an investigative role.

The utterly surreal music video for "Don't Come Around Here No More", in which Petty plays Alice In Wonderland's Mad Hatter, is a ideal example of his sense of humour.

"I'm always interested in the older music, and I'm still always discovering things that I didn't know about", said Petty, married to Dana York since 2001.

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