Petty and the Heartbreakers had just wrapped up a successful six-month tour on September 25, but when asked if that was the band's last hurrah, Petty chuckled.
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Then my phone started lighting up with messages saying Tom Petty had suffered a heart attack in his Malibu home Sunday evening and was in a Los Angeles hospital, possibly on life support. But can you live up to the legend in Tom Petty trivia?
Good thing that tonight at the Turf Club, All Tomorrow's Petty will be throwing a wake for their namesake.
See Petty play his final song below. "But when you get it, it's invaluable". The release of his next album, Hard Promises, was delayed by a month by another dispute. Thanks to YouTube, fans can relive the iconic rocker's last performance. Petty kept busy by also recording with the rock group Mudcrutch and the Traveling Wilburys, a folk-rock supergroup featuring Bob Dylan, George Harrison and others.
"How dare you report that my father has died just to get press because your articles and photos are so dated", AnnaKim Violet Petty, said on Instagram about Rolling Stone's inaccurate report. It wasn't much later before CBS news ran a story saying the Los Angeles Police Department had confirmed Petty had passed away. "If I'm gonna get it together to go make a record, I want it to be something that does feel timeless and honest". In 2014, around the time he received an ASCAP Founders Award, he told The Associated Press that he thought of himself as "kind of a music historian".
Petty's Americana twang, combined with simple rock & roll music and romanticised stories of rebellious individuals nearly always existing somewhere in California struck a chord with listeners, and tracks like "The Waiting", "Listen To Her Heart", "Refugee", "Mary Jane's Last Dance", and "Learning To Fly" were immediate hits.
He wrote on Facebook: "More sad news today with Passing another great Rocker Tom Petty, Great Writer with classic songs that marked a time in many peoples lives, loving fans who he also loved".
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