As far as tributes go this is one of the hardest to do. Tom Petty was a legend, an absolute genius as a songwriter and the epitome of everything good about rock and roll. In the last chapter of TSORR I discuss in detail the sadness I feel that all these heroes of mine are passing away, Lemmy, Bowie, Glen Frey, Keith Emerson, Leonard Cohen, Greg Lake, Johnny Winter, Gregg Allman, Chuck Berry the list goes on. These are the guys who lived to a good age as far as that lifestyle is concerned.
I didn’t expect to be writing about Tom Petty for a few years to be honest. It just seems way, way, way too soon. It feels like Tom has been with me my whole life, he was such a big part of my formative years. He started making a name for himself in around 1976. I first heard him in 1979 when he released Damn The Torpedoes. It was my first year of High School and songs like ‘Refugee’ were such a big part of school day and that song was guaranteed to put you in a good mood. To say I had it in heavy rotation doesn’t even come close to it.