RIP Tom Petty
Tom Petty is to me the very purest representation of Rock & Roll.
The work ethic, the lack of compromise, the commitment, the rebellious streak, the melodic sensibility. His vision of how rock bands were supposed to sound and behave on stage.
They were the greatest live band I've ever seen.
He may always be the most underrated songwriter of the genre in any era.
I'm glad I got to see him front row, and meet some of his people. Glad I got to have his drummer on two tracks on Postcards in Real Time, and record my guitar parts with Tom's pick from the Lucca Italy gig. Glad that Mike Campbell humoured me with the Unquiet Nights badge when I was probably being annoying. Glad Tom Petty existed to shape popular music as he did.