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Tom Petty (1950 – 2017) – End of the Line

If Christ is half as forgiving as He is said to be, Heaven’s going to have one Hell of a rock band.

Maybe somewhere down the road aways
You’ll think of me, wonder where I am these days
Maybe somewhere down the road when somebody plays
Purple haze….

Well it’s all right, even if you’re old and gray
Well it’s all right, you still got something to say
Well it’s all right, remember to live and let live
Well it’s all right, the best you can do is forgive

Well it’s all right, riding around in the breeze
Well it’s all right, if you live the life you please
Well it’s all right, even if the sun don’t shine
Well it’s all right, we’re going to the end of the line

Then again, here he is in life doing one of the greatest rock duets in the known universe:

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  • R Daneel October 2, 2017, 4:50 PM

    First Roy, then George, now Tom.

    Hell of band indeed.

  • Frank P October 2, 2017, 5:02 PM

    Coincidentally (vis a vis your last post), Gerard, cue Mark Twain. Some exaggeration here I understand … but thanks for the reprise; much needed on this day. Let’s hope he’s luckier than 58 (so far) of sin city’s victims. Get well soon, Tom.

  • ghostsniper October 2, 2017, 6:34 PM

    Not yet.

  • Dex Quire October 2, 2017, 8:36 PM

    Puerto Vallarta late 80s – there was a bar that played VH-1 – a cooler, bit more mature playlist than MTV; a bunch of us gathered, friends, newbies, tourists, crazies, a sociable crew; I remember this video playing; good vibes, good times, good memories.

  • Casey Klahn October 2, 2017, 9:31 PM

    I saw TP and Dylan at the Tacoma Dome in 19something. Maybe the best concert I ever saw, and the sound mixing was glorious. Tom is known for his love of that.

    I feel he deserved a bit more than he got from the universe.

    Smoked like a chimney, tho.

  • Frank October 3, 2017, 2:46 AM

    “If there’s a rock and roll heaven, then you know we’ve got a hell of a band.”
    No doubt the music in that land will be glorious, and no doubt that Christ is more forgiving than most people realize, but on His terms, not ours. He after all is God, and we’re not. Acts 2:38

  • Fuel Filter October 3, 2017, 5:40 AM

    I’m gonna get pilloried for this but here goes…

    Petty’s music was just that: Petty.

    3-4 chords, endless repetition, insipid voice with no range whatsoever, uninspired lyrics any middle-schooler could write, guitar “solos” (just glorified riffs, actually) that I could have produced in my sleep at 16 — and I was a bass player.

    One thing he was good at; leveraging his clout to get great studio musicians to back him up. They made him sound a helluva lot better than he actually was. I was in the L.A. music scene for a number of years and I learned how that game was played.

    The only thing he ever did of note was to hook himself up with the Willburys and than rode that pony for the rest of his forgettable career.

    And let’s not forget his forgettable performance in that bomb of a flick “Waterworld”. 

    Oh, and let’s also not forget all the “valley girls” loved him even though he hated them.

    A complete mediocrity that’s now being lionized as the second coming. 

    And truly great musicians like Pat Metheny and Jeff Beck toil away in obscurity.

    Such is the sad state of American music.

  • tim October 3, 2017, 6:45 AM

    Speaking of petty…and pathetic. If ya’ don’t have anything nice to say…
    Saw Petty and the Heartbreakers back @1995, fantastic show, some dog walked on stage in the middle of it and laid down.

    Just recently bought some live cd’s, suppose I’ll be buying more.

    See ya’ Tom, thanks for the music and a life’s soundtrack.

    A favorite (bonus points for recognizing the fill in on drums) –


  • ghostsniper October 3, 2017, 3:09 PM

    Fuel is right and every “player” knows it.
    Petty rode that “media wave” to success and there was no shortage of unknowledgeable people to propel him to the heights he achieved. His work was tolerable but just barely so and he never made a red centavo off’n my ass. All his shit sounded the same and his voice was right up there with Willie Nelson.

  • Fuel Filter October 4, 2017, 6:35 AM

    Thanks, Ghost, for that vote of confidence.

    More truly great musicians who never got their due while Petty’s fanboyz are soiling themselves:

    Robbin Ford, SRV, the entire Mahavisnu Orchestra (minus their horrible bass player), Jack Bruce, Warren Zevon and the musical genius David Lindly.

    All ignored by the supposedly “music loving” public.

    And this fool Petty (and that overrated prick Springsteen) get all the album sales and slobbering praise while these other guys are (or were)  busy making great music year after year. 

    The “players” always know who the pretenders are.

  • tim October 4, 2017, 9:13 AM

    Forty years of hits, constant radio play, album sales and packed concert halls…yup, what a complete failure.

    Just ask those real “players” who cherish obscurity and poverty, ’cause that’s the hallmark of success! That and petty jealousy…throw in some name calling anyone who doesn’t agree with you and now we’re talkin’ legit music aficionado.

    I especially love when they preach what music/musicians should be famous…even though they can’t spell their own hero’s name correctly – Robben Ford.

    Bonus points for talking shit of the “untalented” when they die.

    Awesome points guys.

  • Mary*Ann October 4, 2017, 9:15 AM

    Fuel Filter and ghostwriter, thanks for validating my thoughts.

  • Fuel Filter October 5, 2017, 9:56 AM

    Hey, Tim, you bozo, ever hear of auto-correct?

    Ever worked for a living in the L.A. music industry? I did. Ever been a member of Local 47? I was for over 10 years. (What a waste of good money that was.)


    Ever majored or minored in music? I have.

    Ever been out of work and have to waste precious time auditioning for assholes with shitty bands all because the group you were in broke up due to egos being more important than the music? I have.

    Ever been on the road with a band? I was for over a year. As far away as Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii and New Mexico. Almost went to fucking Japan.

    Ever been in the studio to record? I have. Dozens of times.

    Ever played so much and so hard you had to find a sub because your wrist or hand hurt so much you had to give it a rest for a couple of days and lost some income because of it? I have.

    Ever had your voice blow out so someone else in your band had to take over the lead singing even though his voice wasn’t worth a warm bucket of spit? I have.

    Ever? On any of those counts? Yeah. Didn’t think so. 

    I’m far, far more qualified to have an opinion on musicians than most, if not all here. Especially the likes of fools like you.