Ladies and gentlemen,
It is with a heavy heart and sadness that I announce to you the passing of Tom Petty.http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/03/entertainment/tom-petty-obit/index.html
I never met Mr. Petty in person, but I knew one of his neighbors. Tom Petty had a big heart. He truly cared about others and his surroundings. I recall back during the LA riots, Tom Petty came on with Public Service Announcements and wrote and recorded a song trying to bring peace. Tom Petty was against violence in all forms and stood up against war and what have you. He was a peaceful man and neighborly. In the first Malibu fire, Tom lost his home, but as fire was approaching went around the neighborhood helping his neighbors evacuate.
The neighbor of his I once knew told me a story of how he happen to catch Tom (usually one never knew he was at home as he was not a party animal and all that, he was always very quiet) coming out to get his mail or newspaper. This neighbor was also a musician and was having a small party that night. Nervously, he approached Tom and invited him to his party. Tom gave a pleasant, but non-committed answer. Later that evening about an hour into the party, the door bell rang and standing there was Tom Petty with a bottle of wine in one hand and a guitar in the other. I was also told that there was music shared.
When Tom had his guitars stolen not long ago by a studio security guard, it was reported that the guard tried to pawn them and the pawn shop owner immediately reported it to the authorities. Tom Petty himself went to the shop and gratefully retrieved his prized guitars. Asking the owner of the shop if he was coming to the show the next night, the owner replied that he wasn’t sure due to other commitments. Tom said with a smile, “Well, why don’t you come down anyway and enjoy the show, front row.”
I can only imagine what the industry is going through right now as are we. Tom’s family friends and all the band were at hospital at his side.
In Tom’s honor try to play some of his music perhaps, those of us in any aspect of industry including journalists, are now half-mast in Tom’s honor as we try to get through this difficult time.
Tom Petty, you will be greatly missed! Rest in peace Tom.
Tom Petty accepts his award at the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Well, it’s about time! Tom Petty has always had a big heart and really cares about others.
I knew someone who lived next door to Tom Petty in Malibu. (Tom had his Malibu house burn twice in the big fires). In fact in the second Malibu fire Tom was home and as the fire started hitting the homes on the tract including his own. Instead of paying so much concern for his own, he went and made sure his neighbors were ok and helped get them out and that included non-famous folks too.
Anyway, the next door neighbor I knew once told me what it was like living next door to Tom Petty. What he described in part started with the word “quiet”. Tom is a quiet neighbor, and a regular guy. He’s been known to step out of his house in the morning with a coffee to get the paper just like most folks. He doesn’t have loud parties and if he has a gathering of a size, he alerts the neighbors just like you should. One day my acquaintance was having a get together and saw Tom out in his front yard and while a little timid, he went and invited him over for that night. He did not think Tom would really come over, but he came knocking on the door with a bottle of wine and some cheeses and he brought one of his guitars. My acquaintance was also a non-famous artist and he shared a new song with Tom who in turn shared a couple of songs with the gathering as well.
My acquaintance said Tom is just that quiet super nice guy you want as a neighbor.
Tom has proven his thoughtfulness many times before. About a year or two ago someone broke into the studio he was working at and stole his prized guitars. Later they found out it was the security guard that did and then took them to a pawn shop. The owner of the pawn shop heard about the theft and recognized what he had taken into his shop from the description given. The pawn shop alerted the police and they alerted Tom Petty. Mr. Petty came to that pawn shop himself and thanked the owner for taking care and gave him front and center seats to the show he was doing a week later. The owner being a Petty fan was very grateful as was Tom.
Those are just tiny examples of how Tom Petty is. Tom is also a man about peace in real ways and a humble guy to boot by all accounts.
Well deserved Mr Tom Petty, well deserved!!!!