What Rockers Are Saying About Tom Petty’s Passing


After Tom Petty’s death, other well-known musicians spoke out publicly on the heartbreaking news and how the rocker influenced them.

Tom Petty (photo via ABC News)

When Tom Petty passed away, fellow rockers and musicians made sure the world knew how influential he was to them. Below are some of the most heartfelt reactions from some of the artists.

Bob Dylan

To Dylan, Petty was a friend as well as a Traveling Wilburys bandmate.

“It’s shocking, crushing news,” Dylan told Rolling Stone. “I thought the world of Tom. He was a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”

Paul McCartney

“Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time,” McCartney tweeted.

Bruce Springsteen

As it turns out, Springsteen and Petty met because Petty really like Born to Run.

“Down here on E Street, we’re devastated and heartbroken over the death of Tom Petty,” Springsteen tweeted in three tweets. “Our hearts go out to his family and bandmates. I’ve always felt a deep kinship with his music. A great songwriter and performer, whenever we saw each other, it was like running into a long lost brother. Our world will be a sadder place without him.”

Coldplay and Peter Buck of R.E.M.

During one of their concerts, Coldplay invited Peter Buck of R.E.M. onstage to honor Petty in the best way possible: by playing “Free Fallin'” live.

John Mayer

Although you may not consider him a rock musician, Mayer has some serious guitar chops. And it was due, in large part, to Petty.

“I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted know what it felt like to fly,” Mayer tweeted. “‘You belong somewhere you feel free.'”

Mark Ronson

Likewise, Ronson doesn’t produced rock music, but Petty still influenced him deeply.

“Growing up in the 1980s in MTV America, Tom Petty might as well have been the Beatles,” Ronson said on Instagram. “The music seeped into everything. It was on the TV, the radio, it was culturally important, it was brilliant, it was critically acclaimed.

“It was the music you wanted to hear in your car, it was the music you’d hear at a baseball game, it was the music you’d hear in a post office.”

And below you can remember Petty through “Free Fallin'”:

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Caleb Murphy is a musician who writes about music. His writing appears in Consequence Of Sound, Pittsburgh City Paper, and some other cool places. He blogs about music at calebjmurphy.com.
  • he was the gratest legoned in the worldhe brout people peace and he was so missed and praysfor his family

  • he was a legon and he brout peace hismusic help me with a lot i want to prAY FOR HIS FAMILY AND FRIEND HE WILL BE MISSED AND LOVE HE WILL STEEL

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