Ryan Adams on Tom Petty: He 'Inspired Me My Entire Life'

Ryan Adams on Tom Petty: He 'Inspired Me My Entire Life'

Ryan Adams on Tom Petty: He 'Inspired Me My Entire Life'

"He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived". The 66-year-old Petty's death was confirmed by Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, on behalf of the family.

His influence on music, with iconic tracks like "American girl", "Refugee", "You got Lucky", "Free fallin", "You don't know how it feels" and so many more that listing songs could be this entire article, spanned decades.

During a concert at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles in 2008, Mayer covered a gorgeous, harmony-filled acoustic version of Petty's iconic "Free Fallin'", later releasing an official music video of his live version of the classic. Petty himself-a bit snaggle-toothed, with lank hair, blade-like skinniness, and a certain sallowness of skin-was a pleasingly unpretentious rock star, a creature of the seventies like me, without the big boomer causes, a guy just trying to figure life out. "Thank you. RIP" - rocker Ryan Adams on Twitter. Petty made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, and he returned to the Rock Hall in 2004 for that remarkable "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" performance that you probably last watched when Prince died a year ago. "He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I'll never forget him". When "Congratulations" came on, Springsteen raised his arms to the heavens and said, "You can take me now!"

"I will f-cking shit down your throat and your family's", she continued. On December 6, 2005, Petty received the award during the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. "He just attracted people". Later, when I started playing music with friends, and later still when we formed a band, "Mary Jane's Last Dance" became one of our core numbers.

"You couldn't pin him down", said Dana Lawrence, the front man for the Sarasota band Kettle of Fish.

Someone who was revered by just about every major artist you can imagine, Petty's credits included recording with the Travelling Wilburys (with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne), Stevie Nicks and, of course, the Heartbreakers.

"You'd go and see some other kid whose hair was long, this was around '65, and go, 'Wow, there's one like me, '" he told The Associated Press in 1989. But people knocked on his door.

"The news came later on in the night and I haven't been able to sleep that well", London said. He worked with Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins.

A day that began with the unfathomable news of the worst mass shooting in modern American history now also includes the loss of an American treasure - and one of my three or four favorite musicians of all time.

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