25, Petty completed his 40th anniversary tour with a performance at The Hollywood Bowl. Sitting on the hardwood floors of that first apartment in Santa Monica, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were my constant companions.
Some musicians provide the soundtrack for a single generation, but Tom Petty created a body of work that lasted for multiple generations. Leading up to rocker Tom Petty's death on October 2, his daughter AnnaKim Violette has given the world a glimpse into her ordeal - and her love for her dad.
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS: (Singing) See those fault lines laid out like landlines. "With a little kid, that's a lot of time".
You know Petty from hits like "Free Fallin',"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around", "American Girl", "Breakdown".the list goes on and on".
In one post, she wrote: "One week ago today I was watching my dad play".
"I'm excited to get into the studio again".
He and the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, when they were described by organizers as "the quintessential American individualists", capturing the voice of the American everyman.More news: International Space Station Crew Gearing Up for Three October Spacewalks
We'll worry about Thursday when it gets here I guess. From our opening act in the seventies to becoming a brilliant songwriter and performer I have loved his music.
A 2015 biography of the singer, "Petty: The Biography", revealed for the first time the rocker's heroin addiction in the 1990s.
Petty was both a musician and obsessive fan, one who met his childhood heroes and lived out the fantasies of countless young rock lovers. He also formed the band The Travelling Wilburys with fellow artists George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne.
To which Petty responded, "That's pretty wild, right?" Simple as that sounds, it's a tremendous rush to this day to me to just make something happen.
The world changed more than Petty did over the past few decades.
As I briskly leapt up the steps to the sixth floor, I listened to classic rock radio on Spotify and the music shuffled to Petty.