Fuck This Day (Updated)

Tom Petty is dead at age 66. This isn’t my favorite Tom Petty song — “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” is, but that video strikes me as too macabre for this moment, so I’m posting this one instead:

Tom Petty was a fellow Floridian. He shared some interesting thoughts on the Confederate flag in a 2015 Rolling Stone interview here. He seemed like a pretty good guy. Rock on, Tom.

ETA: CBS News has since retracted their story that Tom Petty died. New reports say he’s hospitalized and not expected to survive. Sorry for passing along bogus info.

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    germy says:

    Thanks to everyone for supporting us for the last 40 years! Without YOU, there'd be no US! #TPHB40 https://t.co/MrJg4dVJJp— Tom Petty (@tompetty) September 29, 2017

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    trollhattan says:

    Thanks Betty, and thank you, Tom. Safe travels, you will be sorely missed.

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    dedc79 says:

    Strange thing – when the song Don’t Come Around Here No More first started showing up on MTV, I hated it and would change the channel as quickly as possible. It’s only in the past few years that I finally listened to the song completely disconnected from the video and realized that I actually love the song and that it must’ve been the video that was bugging me at the time. And it is a pretty weird video.

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    jacy says:

    This makes me very sad. He was a huge part of the soundtrack of my life, and seemed like a very decent guy. A huge talent. Leaves another hole in the world.

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    Cacti says:

    Loved Tom Petty.

    I missed him last time he came to town, but figured there would be another chance. :-(

    Thanks for the music, Tom. RIP

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    The Dangerman says:

    Well, shit. I kicked around Going to the Hollywood Bowl a week or so ago but other things came up. Damn.

    There is/was a fine documentary on TPATH on Netflix. Well worth watching. Especially on the Wilburys, which was a fun accident.

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    kindness says:

    At 66 I figured I’d get to see him play N. Cal a few more times so I blew off the last concert. Boy am I feeling sheepish now!

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Damn. At fifty, I can’t remember a time when Petty wasn’t part of the musical world. Evan as a fan of both Petty and Eurythmics (no ‘the’, per Annie Lennox) it was weird when those musical streams crossed. Good to read his thoughts on the flag, cause Rebels was such a great song, and I came to hate that it was connected to Old South mythology.

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    Suzanne says:

    This is so unbelievably sad. I love his music so, so much.
    I missed seeing him three times. Oh, no.

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    chopper says:


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    rikyrah says:

    RIP Tom :( :( :(

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    trollhattan says:

    For me, “American Girl” is the one that sticks. It’s simultaneously a pop music gem, as good as anything from top-40’s heydays, and yet is surprisingly bittersweet. What a terrific first album that was.

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    dr. bloor says:

    “Learning to Fly,” for me personally, but “Free Fallin'”is a masterpiece.

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    raven says:

    Running Down a Dream was my fav, Campbell kills it.

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    Shell says:


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    germy says:

    Well I won’t back down
    No I won’t back down
    You could stand me up at the gates of hell
    But I won’t back down.

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    raven says:

    I saw him when I was wasted and I saw him when I was straight, straight was way better.

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    Suzanne says:

    “Refugee” and “The Waiting” for me. Although I also adore much of the “Highway Companion” album.

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    NobodySpecial says:

    Wow, last tour with the Heartbreakers, he gets done, he dies right after. If that’s not rock and roll, I’m not sure what is.

    Favorite song of mine? “Honey Bee” or “Jammin’ Me”.

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    ALurkSupreme says:

    [checks time]
    [goes to kitchen, opens vodka]

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    JaneSays says:

    Jesus could this day get any shittier?

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    CindyH says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: there was an article in Rolling Stone back in 2015 about that where he regretted it.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    Good song. (I never saw the video.) My favorite is on another artist’s album.

    I was a little creeped out knowing my ex almost lost her virginity to Tom Petty, but he was a first class guitarist and an underrated lyricist, and I still like Full Moon Fever unironically.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @kindness: I learned early. Nirvana in town. Eh, I’ll catch them next time through.

    Tom Petty was a genuinely good man, in addition to being a fine musician and songwriter.

    I love Learning to Fly. And I love the Mary Jane video with Kim Basinger. It’s beyond memorable. So much great music.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @ALurkSupreme: Did I tell you I love your ‘nym? Amuses me, every time.

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    mai naem mobile says:

    I don’t even want to say ‘can this get any worse?’ in fear of tempting the devil. Liked a lot of Tom Petty’s songs anf he seemed to come across as a a genuinely nice person. Fuck this day indeed.

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    dedc79 says:

    @trollhattan: Love that song. The whole song is great, but it’s got one of the best openings of any rock songs ever.

    This probably won’t rank high on most people’s lists, but I’ve also got a soft spot for Yer So Bad

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    @germy: Husband kitteh says that’s my anthem.
    That has to be my favorite of Petty’s. I also like all his songs about the road, so quintessentially American.

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    eclare says:

    “You Wreck Me”…oh how that is true today…

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    Shalimar says:

    And Keith Richards continues in his quest to be the last surviving 20th century musician.

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    @JaneSays: Please don’t tempt fate.

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    Mary G says:

    Remember those innocent days when 2016 was the shittiest year evah? How young and naive we seem now. Tom Petty is indeed the soundtrack to my life. I remember my first job right out of college, very low salary, and had no stereo. One of the LA stations (KMET, I think) played entire albums on Sunday nights and a coworker would record them on cassette for me. He was a jazz and R&B fan and always had things to say about my taste, but he liked TP a lot.

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    hitchhiker says:

    I’ll have been clean and sober for four months as of tomorrow.

    It’s about the only thing I feel grateful for right now.

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    CaseyL says:

    @dedc79: See, I loved that video – precisely because it was so strange!

    RIP, Tom.

    What a shitty day. Week. Year. Can we have one day, just one fucking day, when something positively good happens? Please?

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    Elizabelle says:

    @NobodySpecial: I know. It’s perfect timing. Better to burn out, etc.

    But too young.

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    trollhattan says:

    Yeah, the opening chords are so ear-grabbing. When I first heard it I thought of Roger McGuinn because it could have easily been the opening of a Byrds song.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @hitchhiker: Congratulations. That is an accomplishment. Stick with it.

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    Suzanne says:

    My team and I are playing “Free Fallin'” through the whole office. RIP.

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    randy khan says:

    I should have realized that there was no way a day like this was going to get better.

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    dexwood says:

    Thanks, Tom, you gave this old fucker 40 years of rock and roll. I appreciate it. I can’t ever pick a favorite song. Some I’m certainly more fond of than others, but picking a favorite of his changes with every album and, probably, my mood. So many great tunes. Got my stereo cranked to 11 right now.

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    trollhattan says:

    2017 can redeem its miserable self by containing the day Trump clears his desktop into a banker box and leaves the White House for the final time.

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    Jeffro says:


    At 66 I figured I’d get to see him play N. Cal a few more times so I blew off the last concert. Boy am I feeling sheepish now!

    People, you gotta hustle up and check some boxes on your concert bucket lists! Not seeing Prince (not once!) is the biggest ever concert-miss for me.

    At this point, I think Peter Gabriel’s about the only older/haven’t-ever-seen/really-wanna-see artist on my list. (After three decades of dedicated concert-going, I have seen just about everyone else I’ve wanted to see). Hope I didn’t jinx you, Pete!

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    raven says:

    Face in the Crowd is wonderful.

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    I wasn’t too much into Petty, but I liked a number of his songs. “Even the Losers,” “American Girl,” “You Got Lucky,” “Free Fallin,” “Learning to Fly,” a few others.

    Having gone to University of Florida, I cannot separate Petty’s musical oeuvre from the place. Every time I’m driving I-75 up to G’Ville, the second Payne’s Prairie shows up past the hillside I start humming “American Girl.”

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    Repatriated says:

    @CaseyL: This would be a good time for a bad-news dump. Who’d notice?

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    raven says:

    @dexwood: You ain’t been old.

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    My kid started guitar lessons this summer and I told him about I’d give him $30 if he figured out Learning to Fly. $50, with lyrics.

    He called yesterday. He’s earned $30 so far. I had to break the news today.

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    ALurkSupreme says:


    Thanks. The problem is that it loses a bit of integrity each time I post.

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    Felony Govt (formerly Old Broad in California) says:

    He was one of my favorites. Saw him in concert twice, once at the Hollywood Bowl, but not the recent one. Like many of you, I thought I’d have other chances to see him.

    This is hitting me hard.

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    SiubhanDuinne (at some point in the indeterminate future to be known by my real name, Judith Mann Costello, but maybe not quite yet) says:


    Congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment!

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    Cacti says:

    American Girl will always and forever be my favorite road trip song.

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    Suzanne says:

    @Cacti: I now associate “American Girl” with being abducted by Buffalo Bill, as well as Hillary Clinton in 2008.

    These associations are not improving my mood.

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    The Dangerman says:


    The Met was a great station, but the 7th Day (7 complete albums on Sunday night) was KLOS. Uncle Joel Benson was the DJ IIRC; best radio voice ever.

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    Jesus could this day get any shittier?

    Trump: Hold my beer.

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    I still think “Running Down a Dream” and “Playing With the Queen of Hearts” is the same song, though.

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    raven says:

    I don’t cry much. Twice last week during “Vietnam” and once over Lil Bit. Now again.

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    Chris says:

    “Refugee” is my favorite of his. I associate it with the Miami Vice soundtrack, but the wiki doesn’t give any indication of that, so it’s possible I’m misremembering. Most music from the eighties sounds like the Miami Vice soundtrack, anyway.

    RIP to him.

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    JCJ says:


    Yup. Went to see Roger Waters earlier this summer. Great show. Went to see him figuring it might be one of the last opportunities to see his show.

    Saw Soundgarden a few years ago. Glad I got to see them with Chris Cornell

    Saw Linkin Park two or three years ago. RIP to Chester Bennington.

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    trollhattan says:

    @hitchhiker: @Elizabelle:
    Seconded. If you can do it through this presidency you’re going to succeed no matter what comes.

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    Well she was an American girl
    Raised on promises
    She couldn’t help thinkin’ that there
    Was a little more to life
    Somewhere else
    After all it was a great big world
    With lots of places to run to
    Yeah, an d if she had to die
    Tryin’ she had one little promise
    She was gonna keep

    Oh yeah, all right
    Take it easy baby
    Make it last all night
    She was an American girl

    It was kind of cold that night
    She stood alone on her balcony
    She could the cars roll by
    Out on 441
    Like waves crashing on the beach
    And for one desperate moment there
    He crept back in her memory
    God it’s so painful
    Something that’s so close
    And still so far out of reach

    Oh yeah, all right
    Take it easy baby
    Make it last all night
    She was an American girl

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    geg6 says:

    Man, another favorite of mine, gone way too young. Damn. I saw him five times, all throughout his career. He was absolutely killer every time. Missed his show here a few months back because I had to work and really wanted to go because he said it would be their last tour. Fuck, I should have gone anyway.

    He was a really cool cat. And the fact that Dolt 45 still soils this planet with his vile presence makes it all the worse.

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    Mel says:

    @hitchhiker: Congratulations! That takes strength, patience and real determination. Thank you for taking good care of yourself, and never hesitate to reach out to others when things are stressful.

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    delk says:

    @hitchhiker: Way to go!

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    dexwood says:

    Christ, I hope you’re right. Aches and pains argue the point, however. Still, I keep dancing and don’t give up.

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    the Conster, la Citoyenne says:

    and it’s only Monday.

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    trollhattan says:

    Funny! Actually, Dave Edmunds is a pretty similar artist to Tom and I was always surprised he wasn’t equally successful. “Crawling from the Wreckage” should be on everybody’s favorites list.

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    delk says:

    I always got a kick out of this live version of Breakdown with audience participation.

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    One of my favorites is Even the Losers. What a garbage fire of a day.

    @hitchhiker: Congratulations. In the very least, I’d imagine staying clean prevents a shitty day like this from getting even shittier.

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    hilts says:

    Thanks Betty and RIP Tom Petty

    Tom and the band on the Tomorrow Show playing Old Kings Road

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    Ksmiami says:

    @JaneSays: it’s still early

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    dr. luba says:

    @Mary G:

    Remember those innocent days when 2016 was the shittiest year evah?

    Once Trump was elected, I knew it could only go downhill………

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    Elizabelle says:

    @ALurkSupreme: True. LOL.


    Tom Petty matured, but he never got old.

    And isn’t it something we all know so many songs by him. Off the top of our heads. Great catalogue.

    I wonder if he was kept on life support (a) for organ donation and (b) so the Heartbreakers and his other loved ones could come say goodbye, leaving with their hearts broken. But he lived a full life.

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    Mary G says:

    @The Dangerman: I had a 50/50 shot! Those two stations were amazing in the 70s.

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    dexwood says:

    Just read this after my last comment. I hear you. I heard about Las Vegas early today. I was sad, but no tears. When my son called to tell me about Tom, I shed a few tears. Two weeks ago, I shed a few tears for my best friend of 43 years who died (fuck cancer).

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Louisiana Rain.

    And Refugee.

    RIP, Tom. One of the greats.

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    Jeffro says:

    Btw here’s Alexandra Petri, on-point as always: When White Men Turn In To Lone Wolves

    All across America white men, some young, some of middle-age, are turning into wolves. Always, after they commit acts of terror, it is revealed out that these perpetrators were not men after all. They were beasts, mindless monsters whose evil was abstract and cold and terrible.

    It is unclear when the transformation happens. Somewhere after they commit a horrible act of violence but before it needs to be pronounced terrorism. Then comes the horrifying revelation: This act was not done by a man at all. It was the work of an unknown and unknowable monster, motivated only by pure evil, unstoppable.

    So this is not the time to call for gun control. As the governor of Kentucky tweeted, “you can’t regulate evil.”

    One thing is clear: These are not terrorists. You know what a terrorist is. A Terrorist must be Something Else, or the people who apply labels to such things would have to look in the mirror every day and see a potential terrorist. They would have to admit that what they are afraid of is not the same as terrorism. They would have to admit that the horrible violence that happened in Las Vegas is not an aberration. And then — No. The shooter was alone. He was a fluke. He was a wolf.

    Some horrors are too big to wrap your head around. We have a special language invented to convince ourselves that these things are out of the ordinary, but the language is too familiar now to be believed. We know all these words too well. We know who is allowed to become a wolf.

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    amygdala says:

    Mnemo asked on the prior thread if his being put on life support might have been for the purposes of organ donation.

    TMZ indicated they got a pulse back, and that would be why he was put on life support. Sometimes the paramedics or ED staff will “call” a code if they can’t get a rhythm back, but if resuscitation is successful, then it’s off to the ICU on a ventilator and usually lots of “drips”: powerful medications to support BP and keep the heart beating.

    I’m struck that he died within hours. One possibility is that he coded again and they couldn’t get him back. Another is that there was an Advanced Directive indicating that he would want care withdrawn in such a situation.

    The testing and other procedures involved in arranging organ donation usually take a day or two, sometimes longer, so I think it’s unlikely that happened here. Tissue donation, such as skin or corneas, usually doesn’t require such extensive evaluation, so that may have been possible, although still, I think, unlikely.

    He was an integral part of my musical soundtrack in college. Hard to believe he’s gone.

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    FuzzyDude says:

    Well that’s a bummer – comment system said my Youtube link was “spam”.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Jeffro: I’ve seen The Boss, McCartney, CSNY, The Police, ELO, Boston, Simon AND Garfunkle, lots of others, but never saw Petty live.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @dexwood: Yes. Fuck Cancer. And Donald. But not with my dick.

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    raven says:

    Learning to Fly is about a young man’s first trip. At 3:03 of the video they flash on Bobby Kennedy lying on the floor after being shot. I was at Ft Lewis, Washington and that day a couple of us took the bus to Seattle, copped, dropped and got back on the bus. When we got back to the Fort it was after lights out so we took a transistor radio into the laundry room to continue our “journey”. When we tuned on the radio we heard that Bobby was dead. Strange days.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @Mary G: Agreed. Jim Ladd and Headsets was brilliant. And the 7th Day was a joy.

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    ellie says:

    Yes, fuck this day. Jesus christ.

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    SiubhanDuinne (at some point in the indeterminate future to be known by my real name, Judith Mann Costello, but maybe not quite yet) says:


    OH NO! Lil Bit is gone? I totally missed that news, and I’m dreadfully sorry.

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    hitchhiker says:


    Thanks all. I’d like to blame DT for the timing, but the truth is I was slipping into outofcontrol for a long time before he came along to make everything worse.

    That said, I despise him more and more — and it ain’t the wine or the pot talking. He’s a bad human being. I had dinner with an old friend last Friday; he’s worked forever in the large-dollar fundraising world in NYC. He told me that one of the reasons everybody there hates Trump so much is that he’s ALWAYS been that guy who muscled his way past the others to get in front of cameras … and NEVER ever came through with promises of support on any cause.

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    SiubhanDuinne (at some point in the indeterminate future to be known by my real name, Judith Mann Costello, but maybe not quite yet) says:


    Relief. I hope she recovers or at least can function normally and comfortably, and I hope she’s with you for many years yet.

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    Amaranthine RBG says:



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    Elizabelle says:

    Very strange. WaPost put up article 6 minutes ago saying they have not been able to confirm TPetty’s death, even though CBS ran with it.

    Nothing on NY Times site, or quick look at LA Times. Hmmmm.

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    raven says:

    @SiubhanDuinne (at some point in the indeterminate future to be known by my real name, Judith Mann Costello, but maybe not quite yet): After a bunch of tests the vet thinks she will be ok and we just have to manage it. I got all fucked up because I thought she was a goner,

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    Elizabelle says:

    @SiubhanDuinne (at some point in the indeterminate future to be known by my real name, Judith Mann Costello, but maybe not quite yet): Yeah. I was wondering about the Lil Bit tears.

    Was hoping it was from just getting used to LB being on the ailing list.

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    raven says:

    @Elizabelle: I’m sorry, that was dumb of me.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @raven: Thank Dog.

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    eclare says:

    @raven: Thank dawg….I had the same fear, that I had missed something.

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    When my son was little, he saw this video and declared that Tom Petty was scary.

    He was also wonderful. RIP

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    SiubhanDuinne (at some point in the indeterminate future to be known by my real name, Judith Mann Costello, but maybe not quite yet) says:


    I somehow missed anything you might have written about that. I usually get to the morning threads later than you do, but try to catch up. Might have missed an entire thread or two while I was driving to and from Mackinac, though. Anyhow, good news from the vet.

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    John Fremont says:

    Refugee, Woman in Love.and Stop Dragging My Heart Around are some of my favorites

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    Montanareddog says:

    I did not realise to what extent TP was a subliminal part of my life’s soundtrack until I saw the Heartbreakers on their 2012 European tour, and found, at the end, that I had known every song in their set except one. That night, Eddie Vedder turned up to guest on The Waiting. My wife, bless her, talked to him at the side of the stage later and had no idea he was famous.

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    Elizabelle says:

    TMZ: report that Petty had died is inaccurate. But the family expects he will not live out the day.

    1:35 PM PT — Sources tell us at 10:30 Monday morning a chaplain was called to Tom’s hospital room. We’re told the family has a do not resuscitate order on Tom. The singer is not expected to live throughout the day, but he’s still clinging to life. A report that the LAPD confirmed the singer’s death is inaccurate — the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. handled the emergency.

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    chopper says:


    oh dang, you scared the shit out of me.

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    SiubhanDuinne (at some point in the indeterminate future to be known by my real name, Judith Mann Costello, but maybe not quite yet) says:


    Wikipedia made the change an hour or more ago.


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    The Lodger says:

    I remember seeing Petty and Bob Dylan on tour in the late 80s. They jammed on some Dylan songs and I kept wishing Bob would unbend enough to do a duet with Tom on “Refugee.”
    I never thought Petty would go first.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Wikipedia is likely to have the correct date. But the big boys and girls are not confirming yet.

    However, it’s lovely to be talking about Tom Petty, even in face of a sad loss.

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    Ken says:

    From a Gainesville native, I am sure sad to see him go. American Girl with 441, just gets me every time. Oh Tom. You leave such a huge hole. RIP

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    GregB says:

    Breakdown is seared into my mind like so many great tunes from the late 70’s and 80’s.

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    Smiling Mortician says:

    @Elizabelle: CBS took down their story. According to WaPo’s story, updated just minutes ago, he is in the hospital on life support. Wikipedia has gotten ahead of itself.

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    SiubhanDuinne (at some point in the indeterminate future to be known by my real name, Judith Mann Costello, but maybe not quite yet) says:


    Wikipedia is likely to have the correct date. But the big boys and girls are not confirming yet.

    Just in those few minutes after I posted the Wiki link, someone went in and removed the date of death. And changed back all the relevant tenses from past to present.

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    raven says:

    @SiubhanDuinne (at some point in the indeterminate future to be known by my real name, Judith Mann Costello, but maybe not quite yet): She’s had noisy breathing for a long time. She was diagnoses with Sick Sinus Syndrome, actually a heart condition, so I figured that was what was going on. The only thing that helps that is a pacemaker. I took her to her cardiologist and the tests revealed she is pretty strong in that area so it was back to a thoracic X-ray to look at her larynx. It is, indeed, suffering paralysis and there is a “tie-back” surgery where they open half of the larynx and allow better breathing. It has a high rate of success but it leaves them open to pneumonia. Anyhoo the vet thinks it’s as bad as it’s going to get so we’re going to let her be. I will not watch her suffocate so the time will come when I have to let her go but not yet.

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    SiubhanDuinne (at some point in the indeterminate future to be known by my real name, Judith Mann Costello, but maybe not quite yet) says:

    @SiubhanDuinne (at some point in the indeterminate future to be known by my real name, Judith Mann Costello, but maybe not quite yet):

    Now changed, as noted in my #109.

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    dlwchico says:

    Tom Petty’s second sentence of dialogue in his appearance in The Postman seems oddly appropriate for today.


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    SiubhanDuinne (at some point in the indeterminate future to be known by my real name, Judith Mann Costello, but maybe not quite yet) says:


    I know you dread that day, but glad she can be with you a bit longer.

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    Suzanne says:

    We’re listening to “Highway Companion”.

    “Should be more to learn from this
    Can’t say I know what it is.”

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    zhena gogolia says:


    I love Lil Bit! I hope she has some good times left.

    We’re watching over our tuxedo cat Louis, who has a kidney sarcoma but isn’t really showing it yet. We love him so much.

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    kindness says:

    @Jeffro: – Oh I had seen Petty many, many times. Back in the 90’s he would take the the Fillmore for weeks at a time and become a ‘House Band’. He did that three or four times then. I have 3 of the 4 posters they gave out after those shows. (back when the Fillmore used to give out a poster after every show) Good times. But you are right, just because I expect someone to live long enough to see ‘the next time’ doesn’t mean there will be one.

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    ThresherK says:

    I liked him lots, thanks to my wife, who loved his work solo and. Ith the Heartbreakers.

    A recent Sound Opinion had a long interview with Benmont Tench which is worth a listen on how the Heartbreakers came to be.

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    Baud says:

    Also a fan. A sad day.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Congratulations! Good going.

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    randy khan says:

    CBS News has now retracted its initial report. No idea what’s actually going on with him.


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    MazeDancer says:

    Twitter has a TMZ report that Tom Petty is “clinging to life”.

    As @Elizabelle: notes, a DNR means he may not last much longer.

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    raven says:


    1:35 PM PT — Sources tell us at 10:30 Monday morning a chaplain was called to Tom’s hospital room. We’re told the family has a do not resuscitate order on Tom. The singer is not expected to live throughout the day, but he’s still clinging to life. A report that the LAPD confirmed the singer’s death is inaccurate — the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. handled the emergency.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @randy khan: We are on death watch for a beloved musician.

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    Mart says:

    Had/have a couple thousand CD’s. When my daughter was around 3 she would walk up to the wall of CD’s and pull out a couple of TPATHB’s. She would then holler play some Fom Phetty. She still has good taste in music.

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    A Ghost to Not says:

    My first son’s first concert was Petty at Merriwether Post Pavilion in 84, still in his momma’s belly.

    Another hero gone.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @A Ghost to Not:

    Aw, that’s a nice memory.

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    A Ghost to Not says:

    Don’t tempt fate into saying “Hold my beer”.

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    David Anderson says:

    @hitchhiker: congrats and keep it up

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @randy khan: Updated post to reflect that. I purposely waited until the initial TMZ report was confirmed by a more legit news org (CBS) before posting, but looks like there was a mix-up.

    Someone on Twitter said wouldn’t it be great if Tom recovers fully and gets to see all the nice things folks said about him. Yeah, it would! Doesn’t sound likely, sad to say.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Thanks! I knew that someone here would know the procedures.

    I haven’t gotten all the way to the end of the thread, but Petty also had a great character on “King of the Hill.” I always wondered if it was meant to be a one-off guest appearance but they just liked Petty and his character too much to let him go.

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    @hitchhiker: Good deal, it was 7 years for me last month. One day at time…

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    Gravenstone says:

    For what it’s worth SiriusXM was reporting the death as well. A later report gave his age in the present tense, so maybe still hanging on. But unresponsive in full cardiac arrest rarely ends well.

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    Ian G. says:

    How much time did I spend smoking weed and listening to Tom Petty in college? His music was also salve for bad breakups, which I needed a lot of in my early 20s.

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    A Ghost to Not says:

    Saw Petty multiple times, but damned if I don’t always remember him as the mayor (?) in “The Postman”.

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    Ian G. says:


    Yeah, my mom stuck around for 5 days after her heart attack, but never regained consciousness and nobody was under an illusions about how it would turn out.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Tom Petty, whenever and however your life ends, you were a great one, and we appreciate all the great music and humanity.

    Best to your family and friends.

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    @The Dangerman: I spent Sunday nights in college listening to Dr. Demento, four years wasted.

    I should note that Dr. Demento is a fellow Bruin.

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    Steeplejack says:


    And the very first comment:

    Oh Jesus H. Christ, why make this about race and gender? Because you don’t like white men?

    Thank you, Internet nitwit miwc.

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    Anotherlurker says:

    This is so sad, losing Tom Petty.
    I always enjoyed the way he covered artists songs. He showed a great reverence for the artists who paved the way to success. That reverence was a spark for Tom’s brilliance as a composer/lyracist.
    His covers of The Byrd’s “Feel a Whole Lot Better” and The Dave Clark Five’s “Anyway You Want It” are prescise, respectfull and kick ass Rock and Roll.
    RIP, Tom.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Thanks for that. One of my favorite Harrison songs.

    Petty and Harrison each take a verse on Dylan’s “My Back Pages” at the anniversary concert.

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    MomSaysI*mHandsome says:

    The Petty video biography, “Runnin’ Down A Dream”, is excellent. It’s long, clocking in at three hours, but each new album brings another revelation that the man was prolific and the quality of his work was consistently excellent.

    On the drive to school my kids each choose a song off YouTube. The seven-year-old chose “American Girl” this morning.

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    SFAW says:


    After a bunch of tests the vet thinks she will be ok and we just have to manage it. I got all fucked up because I thought she was a goner,

    I had to reach for my nitro pills, but then I read this follow-up. Glad she’s (relatively) OK.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @raven: I am just glad to hear that Lil Bit is still roaming this earth. She might even take in the dog parade.

    You must share pics from that this year.

    ETA: maybe Lil Bit can attend as Tom Petty. You will need a doggy sized top hat, and some mod clothes. Maybe little angel wings.

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    debbie says:

    Loved his stuff, but all my friends had his albums, so I never got around to learning what was on what. I also really liked the Traveling Wilburys, but I see they haven’t been mentioned yet, so I’m in the minority. Ah well.

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    Mary G says:

    @debbie: I loved the Wilburys, too. They seemed to be having a lot of fun.

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    debbie says:


    I hope you and Lil Bit continue to have good times ahead.

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    debbie says:

    @Mary G:

    Exactly! No drama, just good music.

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    eclare says:

    @Elizabelle: And sunglasses!

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    Felony Govt (formerly Old Broad in California) says:

    @debbie: I was thinking about the Traveling WIlburys and how many of them are gone now.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @eclare: And gee-tar.

    Make the sunglasses 60s ones. Rose or other shade is good.

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    I also really liked the Traveling Wilburys, but I see they haven’t been mentioned yet, so I’m in the minority.

    Not true, everybody’s doing The Wilbury Twist.

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    Elizabelle says:

    If there is ever a false death report on Trump, I foresee people rushing the hospital to help make it come true.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Me, too. Would add “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” Somebody already linked to that above.

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    ThresherK says:

    @debbie: Fan here. Last I heard Petty was taken off life support and may not live until the break of day.

    If that happens, Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan would be the last two surviving Wilburys. I don’t know about Dylan, but I believe Lynne was touring last year.

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    Gravenstone says:

    My favorite from his solo work “Love is a long road”

    The first non-hit that jumped out at me “Something Big”

    Oddly, I always looked at the Wilburys’ “Tweeter and the Monkey Man” as sort of a sequel to ‘Something Big”.

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    Mike in NC says:

    Vegas mass murderer described by relative as multi-millionaire.

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    debbie says:


    Dylan’s been hiding from his Nobel ;)

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    Chyron HR says:


    “Tweeter and the Monkey Man”

    Doubtlessly a bold futurist work that predicted the current President.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @ThresherK: Dylan is touring this fall. Coming to Richmond in November. We don’t get that many Nobel laureates out on concert tour.

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    ThresherK says:

    @Anotherlurker: I overheard a soundcheck where he and the Heartbreakers performed “Golden Ring (with one tiny little stone)”, totally unironically, and with the bit of pain it requires.

    He’s from northern Florida, so I’m sure someone his age would have heard plenty of what is now “Country Gold”.

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    debbie says:


    All in all, that’s my favorite.

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    Bill says:

    I’ve never been a huge Petty fan, but his death feels like a loss from the heart of Gen X’s music. This tune – from what I like to think of as the golden age of music videos – was on MTV something like every 15 minutes during my junior year of high school. The only time I saw him live was with Dylan eons ago. The fact that he could hold his own with that icon speaks volumes.

    This one really makes me feel old.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Mike in NC:

    I suspect that relative is going to be severely disappointed when the murderer’s assets are actually tallied.

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    Elizabelle says:

    I love that Tom Petty and Mark Twain now have even more to discuss. Whenever they meet up in wherever the great souls go.

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    hueyplong says:

    I wonder if the killer’s actual motives (if and when we actually learn them) will seem more or less logical than the outright senselessness we currently assume. Can’t think of any rationale that would make anyone feel better.

    It’s getting tiresome to feel both helpless and hopeless every time one of these things happens, with a little impotent hate for the NRA thrown in.

    At least Tom Petty appears to have done what he enjoyed, very nearly up to his last day. His story barely rates as a sad one today. (I’ll go with You Got Lucky, American Girl, and Running Down a Dream.)

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    randy khan says:


    And whatever assets he had may well just end up going to the survivors and the families of the people he killed.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @randy khan:

    From that POV, I hope the asshole really was a genuine multi-millionaire. But I seriously doubt it.

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    Yutsano says:

    @germy: JFC…why is it always Nantucket?

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    Davebo says:

    If you have Netflix the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Running Down a Dream documentary is streaming now. It’s quite good if a bit long.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    Never really cared that much for Tom Petty – he was all over Detroit radio when I was a teen and I found his voice whiny as a dentist’s drill – but always, always made an exception for “Refugee”, which I would crank whenever I heard it and is still my favorite song of his. (“Mary Jane’s Last Dance” being a close second). Came to appreciate his music more and more as I got older, particularly after being in a 60s band and realizing how much he had been influenced by the Byrds, one of my favorite bands. And I loved the Travelling Wilburys, too. RIP, Tom.

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    Kathleen says:

    @raven: Mine, too.

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    raven says:

    @Davebo: Bogdonavich directed it.

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    Davebo says:


    Maybe somewhere down the road a-ways
    You’ll think of me and wonder where I am these days
    Maybe somewhere down the road when somebody plays
    ‘Purple Haze’

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    I suspect that relative is going to be severely disappointed when the murderer’s assets are actually tallied.

    Yep. I have to wonder if losing a bunch of money in Vegas was a triggering event for the shooting spree.

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    EthylEster says:

    @Ken: yeah, i was at UF right when he started out. my chem lab partner went to high school with him. and the traffic on 441 DID sound like waves crashing on the beach. Too young to die…which is to say, about my age.

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    trnc says:

    Because there hasn’t already been enough confusion, Entertainment Weekly’s story about the LAPD walking back the claim of Petty’s death has this URL:

    While I was watching his Refugee video right after it came out in the late 70s, my dad walked in and asked me how anyone could like anything that sounds or looks like that (I’m pretty sure he meant the video in general, not Petty himself). I wasn’t a particularly rebellious teenager, mainly because I didn’t have anything to really rebel against at home, but my dad’s comment did elevate that song for me.

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    J R in WV says:

    So Tom Petty dies at the age of 66. I’m 66 right now, also , too.

    Saw Tom once, at the Akron Rubber Bowl. With Bob Dylan, opening for the Greatful Dead, with whom both Bob and Tom played. Great show, great talents.

    Sorely missed, along with the others from Las Vegas. Never been there, never going there as it stands now.

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    Ruckus says:

    66, major HA.
    I’ve had 5 friends aged from 66 to 68 die in the last 12 months, including my best friend that I’ve known for over 40 yrs. And one 41 yr old mom with 2 kids that I knew since she was 12, worked with her parents, for a total of six people, gone. People die, it’s what animals do. We don’t like it, we don’t want it to be us, but there it is. Will we ever get used to it? I hope not.

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    randy khan says:


    Yeah, he probably wasn’t. And the money wouldn’t really be any comfort to the victims’ families. I mean, while I admire his tenacity, Ron Goldman’s dad isn’t any happier now than he was after the OJ trial ended.

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    hugely says:

    @raven: im not in your cohort but i cried more than twice at that vietnam doc.

    Even Tim obrien crying that he didnt have the courage of his convictions to flee to canada… that documentary was more powerful than any of his other docs….

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    Matt says:

    Maybe he’s singing he won’t back down.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    The BBC’s Entertainment & Arts page still has no news about Tom Petty. CBS News s reporting that the Los Angeles Police Dept. has issued a statement saying it can’t confirm Petty is dead, and apologising for releasing preliminary (unconfirmed?) information about him. There is no new information on Petty’s whereabouts, or his condition if he is indeed still alive.

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    phein55 says:

    This feels like a member of the same generation dying. I remember when “Refugee” came out, I was just discharged and moved down to LA in the Lower 48: X, Fear, the Runaways, Motels, the Clash, Petty, the Plugz, dancing at Phases II out in the Valley or trying to get into the Whiskey or Starwood in Hollywood. Damn. I keep thinking “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” “It’s Good to Be King,” and “Running Down a Dream.”

    An acquaintance in St. Louis with a similar pedigree was known forever after as “PR,” for “Punk Rock,” because of his deviationist tendencies. None of my children get the joke.

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    James Powell says:

    LA Times now confirming Tom Petty has died.

    Words fail, but music & lyrics will do.

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    Sab says:

    @Ruckus: There are worse things.

    My dad is 93 with dementia. He recognizes me and my sister, but doesn’t recognize the other two siblings. He has no idea who his grandchildren or sons in law or granddaughters in law are. My 15 year old dog died and he didn’t even miss her.

    He worries all the time because he doesn’t know what is going on and he knows that.

    He used to be brilliant. Now he doesn’t know what day it is or what month it is or who that cat in the yard is.

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    JaneSays says:

    His official Twitter account has been updated to confirm has passing. RIP, sir.

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    Ruckus says:

    Yes, I know. And I’m very sorry about your dad. And for your family that has to watch and experience this.
    My dad died of Alzheimer’s. He started showing signs 20 yrs before it got him. I worked with him almost every day for over 30 yrs and he didn’t know me for the last 10-12 yrs of his life. Gone at 84. Alzheimer’s, dementia (his mom had dementia, she passed at 78), ALS (I have a friend with ALS) they are all horrible, a good friend that I worked with in OH his mom had Alzheimer’s. He helped me a lot by telling me the truth about it. These diseases they take away everything, they make you forget who you are, they make you forget who the people in your life are. They make you unable to live, and yet you are still breathing. It is extremely difficult to care for them, my sister insisted that she could do it. She lasted 6 weeks, called me crying because she wanted to be a good daughter but it was killing her to watch this up close. My friend with ALS, his son takes care of him. He’s a saint. But then Tony is also a one of a kind guy.
    I tell you these stories because I hope that you understand that you are not alone in this, many of us have gone through this, many more of us will. I do not welcome you into this club, you don’t want membership in this club, but it’s not your choice any more than it was mine or my friend or my friends son or my sister. My dad’s last few years were in a home run by 2 Vietnamese women. They came to his service and they cried like it was their own father. They are saints, along with their family members who work in the 3 or 4 homes they run for people with Alzheimer’s. They couldn’t make his last years bearable, no one could because the disease doesn’t let you, but they tried.
    I hope your father has as good a pass at life with this as everyone tried to give my dad.

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    otmar says:

    This is the right song for today: time to move on. https://youtu.be/u5o582N3wOQ

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    otmar says:

    This is the right tom petty song for today: time to move on. https://youtu.be/u5o582N3wOQ

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    Seanly says:

    This one is affecting me more than I thought it would. I am usually in the “So-and-so is gone? He/She was a good actor/musician/person. My condolences to their loved ones in this tough time.” But I am feeling this one. I never got to see Tom Petty live but have a bunch of his albums. A lot of his work resonated with me. Maybe part of it is that he was hitting his prime commercial success just as I was getting into music as a teen.
    Maybe the cumulative impact of all we’ve lost from our popular culture in the last few years is wearing on me. Maybe the shitty events of not just Sunday but September are wearing on me. Maybe my coming 50th and the lingering enormity of my wife’s brush with death two years ago are weighing on me.
    Lots of great songs that I love from Tom Petty, but for what it’s worth, “Mary’s Got a Brand New Car” is one of my favorite TPATH songs.

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