Tom Petty breaks hearts one last time

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Produced by documentarian Paul Ingles, Tom Petty - Live and Kicking It: An Appreciation is a music-intensive hour of live performances.

The long-time manager of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Tony Dimitriades, released a statement on the band's website on behalf of the family. The classics "American Girl" and "Breakdown" were on the band's 1976 debut album. Their anniversary tour kicked off in April, but in an interview with Rolling Stone, Petty called it the group's "last big one". He was a writer and craftsman who added scores of songs to rock's lexicon.

Petty formed The Heartbreakers in the mid-1970s, but it wasn't until the band's third album "Damn the Torpedoes" in 1979 that their music really took off, with hits such as "Refugee" and "Don't Do Me Like That".

Last night, Bruce Springsteen opened the first preview of his Broadway show in NY with a dedication to his friend and fellow rock icon, Tom Petty.

I posted a quick note to our Facebook page and started thinking about what I might want to write as a retrospective on his life. Because it was always the impurity of Petty's music that made it feel so sublime.

Petty wrapped up a summer tour last week with three nights at the Hollywood Bowl.

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Petty could also write an anthem, as was the case with "I Won't Back Down", a song that had a second life in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

His music is not only proper, spirit-lifting rock, it is comforting and honest too, and the meaning behind much of it - "I Won't Back Down" springs to mind - seems as important now as ever. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which inducted Petty and the Heartbreakers in 2002, praised them as "durable, resourceful, hard-working, likeable and unpretentious". "With a little kid, that's a lot of time".

Maybe I thought I could stop the silence that follows after, or maybe I thought I could curb the tears of millions, falling down thicker than that Louisiana rain. In the 1980s, Petty and the Heartbreakers supported Bob Dylan on a nationwide tour. "They last longer than me, and they don't go away".

Dylan, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison.

The world changed more than Petty did over the past few decades.

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