Guitarists Mourn Tom Petty
It’s hard to find an artist who was more universally admired than Tom Petty.
Though some may have sold more records than him, or won more Grammys perhaps, his pitch-perfect songwriting, tireless work ethic and fearlessness in standing up to the music industry on behalf of both listeners and artists made him a uniquely beloved figure.
His death on Monday night at the age of 66—after suffering cardiac arrest in his Malibu home on Sunday night—brought forth a remarkable wave of tributes from guitarists and musicians across the musicial spectrum.
Below, you can read some of the many tributes to Petty, without question one of the greatest American songwriters of all time.
Bob Dylan—Petty’s bandmate in the Traveling Wilburys, and an artist for whom Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers opened for in the mid-Eighties—shared a statement with Rolling Stone, saying “It’s shocking, crushing news.” “I thought the world of Tom,” Dylan continued. “He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”
No! We have lost Tom Petty. From our opening act in the seventies to becoming a brilliant songwriter and performer I have loved his music. pic.twitter.com/yhyPCfm2l6
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) October 2, 2017
God bless Tom Petty peace and love to his family I’m sure going to miss you Tom pic.twitter.com/CktFyhBdxT
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) October 2, 2017
Devastating news about #TomPetty A profound loss. Sad sad day today. RIP https://t.co/Hr4JeQEyag
— Slash (@Slash) October 3, 2017
Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time.
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 2, 2017
Shocked and so sad at the passing of Tom Petty. RIP. Bri
— Dr. Brian May (@DrBrianMay) October 3, 2017
Safe passages to the summerlands, brother. You couldn’t have left more dreams here for us. Thank you.
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) October 3, 2017
RIP #TomPetty pic.twitter.com/Dhw7bFLXeC
— Alice Cooper (@RealAliceCooper) October 3, 2017
Man this cannot be happening. Not Tom Petty please. Our deepest love and condolences to his family and band. A brother and true believer.
— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) October 2, 2017
This is unbearable. Vegas and now a great music hero has passed. You brought us so much joy, @tompetty. We will miss you. #RIPTomPetty
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) October 2, 2017
I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted know what it felt like to fly.
“you belong somewhere you feel free.”
— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) October 2, 2017
I can’t think of an important moment in my life without an accompanying Tom Petty song. Every night we walk off stage to his music. So sad.
— Jason IsBOO (@JasonIsbell) October 2, 2017
Wow. Another legend departs. You belong among the wildflowers Tom. Thank you for the music.
— Aaron Dessner (@aaron_dessner) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty was one of the biggest inspirations for me as a musician. This one will hurt for a long time. Truly one of the sweetest people on earth. Rest In Peace brother.
— nathan followill (@doctorfollowill) October 2, 2017