KISS, SEPULTURA, ANTHRAX, SHINEDOWN, LIVING COLOUR and POISON members are among the musicians who have reacted on social media to the passing of Tom Petty. The rocker, who led the band THE HEARTBREAKERS, died Monday. He was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home Sunday night. He was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and put on life support.
Three-time Grammy Award winner Tom Petty charted albums in the Top 5 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in each of his five decades as a recording artist. TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS‘ most recent release, “Hypnotic Eye”, entered the chart at No. 1. The band released its debut album in 1976 and has since sold over eighty million records.
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2002, their first year of eligibility, and in recent years continued to build on their already legendary success. Their concerts were celebrated by fans and critics alike and their music has influenced numerous young bands and writers around the world.
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS completed a summer tour last Monday with three nights at the Hollywood Bowl. The trek marked the band’s fortieth anniversary.
No! We have lost Tom Petty. From our opening act in the seventies to becoming a brilliant songwriter and performer I have loved his music. pic.twitter.com/yhyPCfm2l6
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) October 2, 2017
Holy Hell as if today wasn't bad enough Tom Petty died!!! WTF!!!! This was my first concert in 1979 when I was… https://t.co/FjFCkUcp2a
— Stacey Blades (@stacey_blades) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty will always be an amazing influence in this world. Thank you for your music sir.??❤️
— Derrick Green (@derrick_green) October 2, 2017
— NadjaPeulen (@NadjaPeulen) October 2, 2017
Way too young…Rest In Peace Tom…. You'll always be remembered as a Giant pic.twitter.com/OBDdtdKBgk
— DOUG ALDRICH (@Douglas_Aldrich) October 2, 2017
So sorry to hear we lost Tom Petty..thank you for the music, your time here brought much joy to the world…rest in peace. 🙁
— Shawn Duncan (@sduncandrums) October 2, 2017
One of the most distinctive voices in R&R. The Confederate Flag thing pissed me off, but Petty was one of the GREATS. Very sad to hear
— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) October 2, 2017
R.I.P. Tom Petty! Wow! Just, wow!!!
— Rikki Rockett (@RikkiRockett) October 2, 2017
— BulletBoys (@TheBulletBoys) October 2, 2017
You and I were lucky to live in the Tom Petty era … Don't you forget that
— Zach Myers (@ZMyersOfficial) October 2, 2017
RIP Tom Petty ?
— Derek Sherinian (@DerekSherinian) October 2, 2017
So sad to hear of the passing of my all time hero Tom Petty, R.I.P Tom, the world won't be the same without ya.
— The Answer (@theanswerrocks) October 2, 2017
— FrankBello (@TheFrankBello) October 2, 2017
We are heartbroken beyond words. Shattered. Tom Petty’s music has been a huge part of our lives. Our thoughts are with his family & friends. pic.twitter.com/Kfz6WJyv3v
— Nickelback (@Nickelback) October 2, 2017
Whaaat? Tom Petty is gone?!! I can't believe it. One of my absolute favorites and one of the greatest… https://t.co/CQSVkF985i
— Michael Monroe (@michaelmonroe) October 2, 2017
— Alex Skolnick (@AlexSkolnick) October 2, 2017
— Mike Portnoy ? (@MikePortnoy) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty. One of the greatest songwriters of our generation.Thank you for ALL the music.Prayers to your family & band members.#RIPTomPetty
— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) October 2, 2017
So sad to hear of Tom’s demise…such a wonderful talent & super guy…RIP…:( pic.twitter.com/oVxOpLrAMl
— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) October 2, 2017
RIP Tom Petty.
one of the greatest American songwriters EVER.
— Mark Morton (@MarkDuaneMorton) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty. Without a doubt one of the best god dammit.
— Brendon Small (@_Brendonsmall) October 2, 2017
Please tell me Tom Petty hasn’t died ? one of my all time favourite song writers ? thank you for your music and inspiring me so much ❤️?
— Ben Bruce (@benjaminbruce) October 2, 2017
R.I.P. Tom Petty
— Richie Kotzen (@Richie_Kotzen) October 2, 2017
I can't think of a part of my life that a Tom Petty song or record wasn't involved in …. From birth till last night in my car ……
— Zach Myers (@ZMyersOfficial) October 2, 2017
Just when I thought today could not get any worse…
R.I.P. Tom Petty. Thank you for your beautiful music and inspiration.
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) October 2, 2017
My heart is broken. We lost another legend today. Tom Petty was a rock n Roll rebel, unapologetic and always true to himself. He trusted his rock n Roll compass, and no one was better at putting honest words into music. Every time I listen to Wildflowers, I immediately need to sit down and write a song. Tom, thank you for your music, your attitude, and for never listening to anyone who said you can't! You will continue to inspire me and be a keystone in my musical journey.