I saw Tom Petty live twice in my life: Once in August 2003 on the Last DJ Tour, and again this past May, when he and the Heartbreakers were on their 40th Anniversary Tour. The latter of these shows was one that my wife and I decided to go to at almost the last minute. It was a call from my wife in the middle of the day when she said: "I know how much you wanna go to that show... Tickets are still available, so book us a hotel and we'll make a weekend out of it."
So that's what we did... and last week, I was made all that much happier that we decided to go when we learned that we'd never be able to see Petty live again.
Tom Petty was a musical fixture in my life. He was making music on the radio when I was 2 years old, and continued recording and touring right up to the end. I cannot think of a time when Petty's music did not exist and I am honestly saddened and sorry to see him go.
"I rolled on as the sky grew dark,
I put the pedal down to make some time...
There's something good, waitin' down this road,
I'm pickin' up whatever's mine..."
RIP, Tom... thanks for a lifetime of great music.