By Scott T. Sterling
Fellow musicians across a wide range of genres have united in grief over the death of classic rocker Tom Petty.
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Ranging from Public Enemy’s Chuck D to Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, tributes to the music legend have been pouring onto social media.
“It’s shocking, crushing news,” Bob Dylan said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “I thought the world of Tom. He was a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”
“I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted to know what it felt like to fly,” John Mayer wrote. “You belong somewhere you feel free.”
“My first CD was ‘Full Moon Fever’… my first live performances were strumming a tennis racket while singing along,” wrote Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace. “Tom Petty forever.”
“One night when I was 11, I played The Waiting by #TomPetty on a jukebox 100 times in a row,” wrote director Kevin Smith. “Loved the man’s voice & his art. RIP, Legend.”
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I am so saddened by the news of Tom Petty's death. Beside being a genius musician and songwriter, he was the sweetest of human beings. In 1989, when Let Love Rule was released, he was the first person to believe in me, and took me on my first tour as his opening act. His belief in me is a gift that I will always cherish. He also taught me about collecting vintage guitars, which became a passion of mine. In each town we toured, we would go to music shops where I would watch him buy the most beautiful pieces. He was always fun, light hearted, and humble. Rest on brother. You did your thing to the maximum.