Tom Petty’s Last Dance: Another Rock Legend Gone: Tom Petty Dead at 66

UPDATE: Sadly, it has been confirmed that Tom Petty has died. Apparently CBS erroneously reported earlier in the day that Tom Petty had died after receiving the information from LAPD. Conflicting reports circulated and Petty’s condition was uncertain, although from all accounts it was certainly grim. How I wish it were all a terrible hoax.

Godspeed Tom. Thank you for your incredible musical contribution to our lives.

Talk about a Heartbreaker! Shocked at the news of Tom Petty’s passing. Sharing here the CBS news report I read which includes a wonderful interview and below that is a Tom Petty Tribute Playlist I put together with all his greatest hits. I felt it fitting to conclude the playlist with my favorite Travelin’ Wilbury’s song, “End of the Line”

RIP Tom Petty! Learning to Fly…


News Article by ANDREA PARK CBS NEWS October 2, 2017, 3:59 PM

Tom Petty, legendary rocker, is dead at 66

Tom Petty performs onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Tom Petty at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 10, 2017 in Los Angeles KEVORK DJANSEZIAN/GETTY IMAGES

Tom Petty, the rocker best known as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, is dead at 66, CBS News has confirmed.

The legendary musician suffered a full cardiac arrest and was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home Sunday night. He was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and put on life support, reports TMZ. 

Petty rose to fame in the 1970s with his band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The group put out several hits, including “American Girl,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” “Breakdown,” “Listen to Her Heart” and more. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Petty was also a successful solo artist and sang the megahit “Freefallin’.”

Though Petty and his band debuted their first self-titled record in 1976, they continued to perform over the past four decades. Petty played his last show last Monday, performing three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl to conclude their 40th anniversary tour. The band wrote on their website that the tour included 53 shows in 24 states.

In December, Petty told Rolling Stone that he thought this would be the group’s last tour together. He said, “It’s very likely we’ll keep playing, but will we take on 50 shows in one tour? I don’t think so. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was thinking this might be the last big one. We’re all on the backside of our sixties. I have a granddaughter now I’d like to see as much as I can. I don’t want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that’s a lot of time.”

Petty, who released three solo albums and 13 albums with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, also took part in the 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne. He told Rolling Stone he was hoping to release a deluxe version of his 1994 solo album “Wildflowers” with a bonus disc of unreleased material. He had also hoped to play a special “Wildflowers” tour.

The rocker kept his hands full with his SiriusXM channel, Tom Petty Radio, as well. He personally oversaw the station and had his own interview show called “Tom Talks to Cool People” where he interviewed musicians like Micky Dolenz of the Monkees and former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham.

Petty was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. He said he wanted to become a musician when he was 13 and saw The Beatles play on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He told, “This was the great moment in my life, really, that changed everything. I had been a fan up to that point. But this was the thing that made me want to play music.” He added, “It did have a great profound effect on my life, and I thank them for that. I still think the Beatles [made] the best music ever, and I’m sure I’ll go to my grave thinking the same thing.”

Petty showed the guitar he wrote 20 years of songs on to Anthony Mason on “CBS This Morning” in 2009. Watch the interview below.

After 30 Years…Tom Petty Still Rocks by CBS News on YouTube

Tom Petty Tribute Playlist:


Today’s post is part of the Monday’s Music Moves Me. Monday’s Music Moves Me (4M) is a blog hop hosted by X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by JAmerican Spice, Stacy Uncorked and Curious as a Cathy.  Be sure to stop by the hosts and visit the other participants.

26 thoughts on “Tom Petty’s Last Dance: Another Rock Legend Gone: Tom Petty Dead at 66

  1. It’s such sad news. Although, now, CBS is saying they can’t confirm the details and so everything is still uncertain. I really hope it’s a horrible hoax, but in my heart I am afraid that it’s true.

    On a brighter side of things, you should add in the code for the Monday Moves Me and count this as your freebie post 🙂 Still havent’ written my Thursday post. Was thinking of writing about Alice Cooper, but then this news came flooding through my feed, topped with some information about Steven Tyler. So now I’m still not sure. I’ve got plenty of stuff to keep me busy while I decided.


    • Oh I forgot to add that. Will do it later when I’m at my Computer.
      Wait, so Tom Petty isn’t dead? My first thought was CBS better get their shit together. They just fired a VP and now possibly reporting a hoax? Are you kidding? But now I’m learning (maybe??) that Tom Petty’s situation is dire after cardiac arrest. I don’t even want to look…
      So much sadness today!


    • Okay I’m just hearing that the news of TP may be false… I hope it is a hoax. It would be horrible to lose such a great artist…another one.
      The Vegas massacre is horrendous. It’s a horrible day all the way around…


  2. Hi, Michele!

    I have read conflicting news reports about Petty’s status, but the prognosis is certainly grim. Thank you for posting this fine tribute play list to rock legend Tom Petty.

    God bless!


  3. I was shocked by your post, and now I’m shocked that it might not be true. I love Tom Petty. I’ll check into it. I hope it’s not true. This has been a horrible day, what with the awful murders in Las Vegas and all the worry about Puerto Rico. I wonder if the man who resides in The White House has figured out yet that Puerto Ricans are Americans. Make America Great Again? Let’s include Puerto Rico in that.


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    • The LAPD says it can’t confirm anything about Tom Petty. The New York Post says he was taken off life support because of no brain activity following cardiac arrest, but he’s still alive. The prognosis is not good.


      • Thanks Janie. I’m reading all sorts of conflicting reports and not sure what to believe. I hope it’s some horrible mistake.
        On another note, go check out the article I tweeted today. Fabulous article and a headline I wish was true!


  4. Michele,

    WOW, I did not hear this mews! There is so much sadness going on around us first with the Las Vegas shooting and now this. I found this link that Petty’s family confirms his death. Saying prayers for the Petty family, friends, and all his fans. Thanks for rockin’ on with the 4M gang, my friend!

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    • Thanks for stopping by Cathy. Indeed sadness abounds this week. At least Tom will live on with his incredible music. When I was putting together the playlist it was abundantly clear just how prolific his talent was and we have all been blessed by his sharing it with the world.


  5. I was hoping the news wasn’t true, but then the confirmation came. Petty was one of my favorite rock artists. What a great body of work he left behind!

    Another factor to give me pause for reflection–he was about the same age as I am. He was about three months older. Hope I still have more time left, but Petty’s passing is another reminder that we can go anytime without much expectation.

    Tossing It Out

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  6. Beautiful tribute, Michele, despite the confusion. ❤ How sad that it was true, in the end! 😦 I'm still in shock! Tom Petty was a phenomenal talent and a great showman. We had the pleasure of attending one of his concerts in 2010. May he R.I.P.

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    • Hey Debbie, you guys were so fortunate to have seen him in concert. I never got the chance. When I put together the playlist, it just wowed me with how many amazing songs he has put out over his career. And all the videos! His music videos were very creative.
      You said it: he was a phenomenal talent for sure.
      Thanks for coming by.

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      • He was just here in July with his 40th Anniversary Tour, but we couldn’t go. Regretting that now! 😦 I’m sorry you didn’t get a chance to see him live, Michele. He really knew how to put on a show. He’ll always be alive through his music. ❤ Between this and the horrific incident in Las Vegas, life seems so joyless today.

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  7. I kept hoping, after CBS reported erroneously that Tom Petty had died, that a miracle would transpire and he’d make it. So sad he didn’t, and particularly on top of the news of the Las Vegas shooting. It was a very very sad day. Thanks for such a beautiful tribute!

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