Watch Tom Petty Close His Final Performance With Incredible Rendition of ‘American Girl’
A variety of music legends expressed their condolences upon Petty’s passing.
After the dissemination of an erroneous report spawned widespread confusion Monday afternoon, it was finally confirmed that Tom Petty passed away at age 66 by his longtime manager.
Many responded to the news with “in memoriam” posts across social media. Bruce Springsteen, Def Leopard, Pearl Jam, Paul McCartney and other rock stars gave their condolences to the pioneering musician and his family.
Down here on E Street, we’re devastated and heartbroken over the death of Tom Petty. Our hearts go out to his family and bandmates.
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) October 3, 2017
— Slash (@Slash) October 3, 2017
RIP #TomPetty. His great jams are interwoven with the past four decades. He was a great rock n roller.
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) October 2, 2017
Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time.
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) 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
Just when I thought today could not get any worse…
R.I.P. Tom Petty. Thank you for your beautiful music and inspiration.
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) October 2, 2017
Damn ….Tom Petty I remember standing backstage w him & he tells me 'Go Get Em at a. Presentation #rockAnointed
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) 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
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) October 3, 2017
So saddened to hear of @tompetty passing. He's was such sweet person to us and a once in a lifetime artist.
— Cage The Elephant (@CageTheElephant) October 2, 2017
My ❤️ goes out to all the people affected by the horrible shooting in Las Vegas, & to family,friends & fans of Tom Petty, of which I'm one.
— Carole King (@Carole_King) October 2, 2017
We are heartbroken beyond words. Shattered. Tom Petty’s music has been a huge part of our lives. Our thoughts are with his family & friends. pic.twitter.com/Kfz6WJyv3v
— Nickelback (@Nickelback) October 2, 2017
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had concluded a 40th anniversary tour just a week before the frontman’s sudden death. The last two songs of their final show at the Hollywood Bowl were captured in a fan-shot video.
The band chugs through an abbreviated version of “You Wreck Me” from Petty’s 1994 solo album, Wildflowers, before he addresses the audience.
“I want to thank you all for coming out tonight,” Petty proclaims over a cheering crowd. “We love you dearly. I want to thank you for 40 years of a really great time.”
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers jam through a seven-minute rendition of “American Girl” from the band’s self-titled debut album to close out the performance.
RIP to another rock legend.