ETA: I’ve gotten several comments that Tom Petty might still be alive, and right now I don’t know what to believe. ABC News says he’s still alive and that his status is “unknown.” CSB News says they’re hearing “conflicting reports.” SPIN magazine says he’s “clinging to life.” I saw several reports this afternoon that said that he died last night, based on reports given by the Los Angeles Police Department, but the LAPD says they cannot confirm that Tom has died. So, at this point, it’s anybody’s guess. If he has, in fact, died, he’s probably sitting in Heaven’s waiting room laughing at all of us. So, you can look at this as an early “Two For Tuesday” until further notice. Sorry for the confusion.
I’ve been writing blog entries this afternoon and just stopped to check my newsfeeds, and learned the sad news that Tom Petty, of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and The Traveling Wilburys, died this afternoon at UCLA Santa Monica Hopital at the age of 66.
The best way to honor his memory is with a couple of his songs. First, from 1989’s Full Moon Fever, “Runnin’ Down A Dream.” Love the cartoon in this video.
Then, from his work with The Traveling Wilburys, “End Of The Line.”
Godspeed, Tom. Say hello to Roy and George.