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Artists Pay Tribute to Tom Petty

By Scott T. Sterling

Fellow musicians across a wide range of genres have united in grief over the death of classic rocker Tom Petty.

Related: Tom Petty Dead at 66

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.”

See all the messages below.



Devastating news about #TomPetty A profound loss. Sad sad day today. RIP

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