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TOM PETTY:  Artists reactions pour in following his death this week

The music world is reacting to the sudden death of Tom Petty on Monday at the age of 66. Among them are:

Bruce Springsteen: “Down here on E Street we’re devastated and heartbroken over the death of Tom Petty. Our hearts go out to his family and bandmates. I’ve always felt a deep kinship with his music. A great songwriter and performer, whenever we saw each other it was like running into a long lost brother. Our world will be a sadder place without him.” 

Graham Nash: "So sad to hear of Tom's passing... Such an unassuming star..."

Paul McCartney: "Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time."

David Crosby: "So sad … such a good guy …. dedicated musician … friend."

Kevin Cronin: "I am at a loss in trying to express my feelings at this moment. I can't believe that Tom Petty has passed away at such a young age. His songwriting is masterful in its simplicity and honesty. I feel Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers is the best American rock band, ever. He is both a peer and an inspiration to me. I am heartbroken at his passing, and my deep sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones."

Tommy Shaw: "On this day of waking up to the heartbreaking news of the tragic shooting in Las Vegas, with details still unfolding, to later in the day hear about Tom Petty being on life support and then having died, it’s a sadness that’s hard to quantify... Like so many of us, I’m a long-time Petty fan, an admirer of his musical journey. I feel robbed of the songs Tom Petty would have written as he rode off into the sunset. Sad for his family who didn’t get to see him watching his grandchildren grow up. But so so many of his songs will continue be at the top of the personal playlist in our house. They are blasting as I write this... Thank you Tom Petty, for writing them and laying them down so damn well for us to love for the rest of our days."

Brian May: "Shocked and so sad at the passing of Tom Petty. R.I.P."

Meat Loaf: "Gone too soon! Tom lives on with the memories he left us, and the love he gave. Prayers to Tom and his family."

Ringo: God bless Tom Petty. Peace and love to his family. I'm sure going to miss you Tom."

Paul Stanley: "From our opening act in the seventies to becoming a brilliant songwriter and performer. I loved his music."

Jon Bon Jovi: "I'm crushed. One of my great influences."

Billy Idol, who shares the same manager as Petty: "Shocked and upset to hear about Tom Petty. We got lucky when we found you."

David Coverdale: "Such a wonderful talet and super guy."

Peter Frampton: "I can't believe we have lost Tom Petty on this already horrible day. My love to his wife & children and the entire Heartbreaker family."

Brian Wilson: "I’m heartbroken to hear about Tom Petty. Tom was a hell of a songwriter and record-maker. He will be missed by everyone who loves music."

Stevie Van Zandt: "Man this cannot be happening. Not Tom Petty please. Our deepest love and condolences to his family and band. A brother and true believer."

Lin-Manuel Miranda: "I am so grateful for Tom Petty's music. Feels selfish to want more, but I always will. Rest in peace."

John Mayer: "I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted know what it felt like to fly. 'You belong somewhere you feel free.'"

Chuck Negron: "I have so much respect for the fact that Tom Petty put his career on the line and took on his record company in order to make his CDs more affordable to his fans. His talent was immense, his integrity was admirable and he will be greatly missed."

Joe Walsh: "SAD SAD day.  I just heard Tom passed. One of the great ones. Thank you for all the great music T- Rest in peace."

Rod Argent: "I've just this second had the news -- Tom Petty has passed. This is so, so sad. Tom, bless you; thank you from all the Zombies for years of help, support and your selfless and generous spirit. From our hearts. R.I.P. dear friend. Rod xx"

Joe Elliott: "I can’t say I knew Tom, although I did meet him twice -- once to get his autograph backstage after I saw him open for Nils Lofgren at the Sheffield City Hall in 1978, and in a bowling alley of all places in 1983 when Def Leppard and Tom happened to be in the same town on the same night -- but I’m incredibly saddened by the news of his passing. I love that first album (that’s what he signed for me!), always have, always will, but I have to add that Full Moon Fever was played on an almost-daily basis when Leppard were writing and recording the Adrenalize album. Through his work with the Heartbreakers and The Traveling Wilburys he’s left us with an incredible legacy to enjoy forever. It’s such a shame he has left us way before his time. Rest in Peace Tom. Safe travels into the Great Wide Open.”

The Doobie Brothers: "Tom Petty’s departure from this world came much too soon. His music has resonated through generations. Our condolences go out to his family, friends, fans and bandmates. Rest in Peace, Tom. Thank you for runnin’ down your dream."

Elton John: "Tom Petty's music and songs are timeless. They sound as relevant now as ever. He was a wonderful writer, musician and singer. Irreplaceable and unique. This is such a sad, sad day. Sending all my love to his loved ones."

Gene Simmons: "Another great man gone too soon. Tom Petty you were an exceptional talent. Your legacy lives on."

George Thorogood: "Devastating loss in Mr. Tom Petty. He will be remembered as a true rock legend -- so many classics. Thoughts and prayers to the Petty family and team."

Joey Kramer: "You will be missed. A music legend -- gone but never forgotten."

John Fogerty: "Tom's music means the world to me and my wife, Julie. He is her favorite artist. We are just devastated to hear of our friend's passing."

Kenney Jones: "Sad news about Tom Petty. One of my favorite musicians. Went to see him a few years ago at the Albert Hall and had fun watching the Traveling Wilburys. What a talent and loss."

Mick Jagger: "So sad about Tom Petty. He made some great music. Thoughts are with his family."

Alice Cooper: "Unfortunately I never got a chance to work with Tom Petty and I never properly got to know him, but he was always one of those artists everyone wanted to work with, myself included. It is so rare to find someone who commands such universal respect in this business. He was a rock 'n' roll lifer with music in his blood. This man delivered a wealth of great songs to his fans and to the world, and that is something to celebrate. He was an honest renegade, a rebel and a true original. I read that he only really felt himself in the studio or on the road and to that I can truly relate. Rest In Peace Tom, and sincere condolences to your family, your friends and your countless fans around the world."

Steve Winwood: “Tom Petty was a gentleman. I had the pleasure and privilege of doing two tours with him. During that time, I got to see what a brilliant songwriter and musician he is, and how much he is loved by millions around the world. My prayers are with Tom’s family and loved ones. He will be missed by so many of us who have been touched by his music.”

John Oates: "The passing of another great American musical icon, Tom Petty, brings back into focus the fragile beauty of life and reinforces the fact that we should all try to appreciate every moment here on earth and celebrate enduring gift of music and song that he left behind."

ABBA:  Benny discusses why they never reunited

ABBA fans can blame the theater for their favorite foursome never reuniting.

On a British TV talk show, Benny Andersson said that he and bandmate Björn Ulvaeus wanted "to try... writing for the theater -- and [lyricist and producer] Tim Rice came along so that gave us a big opportunity, so we just go along." The three collaborated on Chess, which became one of London's top musicals of the 1980s. "After that, we said what’s the point in going back? Because we like this."

Benny Andersson said writing for the theater became his second career:

"We said, 'You know, I'd like,' and Bjorn, too, 'We want to try this thing, writing for the theater.' And Tim came along, Tim Rice. So, that gave us a good opprtunity, so he's there, he's done it before. We'll just go along and we wrote Chess. And after that, we said, 'What's the point in sort of going back, because we like this, you know?' So, yeah, we're still on the break."

Benny and Bjorn are overseeing Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the sequel to the 2008 movie hit built around the ABBA catalog. Last week, Andersson said Pierce Brosnan would definitely return to his starring role. "Absolutely. Because he's a good singer." (London Express)


Peter Wolf joined Little Steven on stage the other night in Boston, duetting with him on the J. Geils Band’s “Freeze Frame."

Paul McCartney wrapped up his brief North American tour Monday night in Detroit, telling the sold-out crowd, "On such a terrible day, we're going to celebrate the joy in life." He now takes his tour to South America for five shows starting October 12th in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Elton John on the mass shooting in Las Vegas: “Las Vegas is like a second home to me. I’m utterly devastated by the tragedy of Sunday night’s shooting. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of everyone affected by this horrific act. And I continue to pray for a more peaceful and tolerant world.” Elton plays a residency at Caesars Palace a few times a year. He returns there on October 11th.

Ex-Joan Jett and the Blackhearts guitarist Ricky Byrd will release Clean Getaway, a thematic album based on addiction and recovery, on October 20th.

Frank Slay, the producer who built the career of Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon and was Bob Crewe's partner in writing the classic ballad "Silhouettes," died Saturday at age 87. His other production credits include Sugarloaf's "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" and Strawberry Alarm Clock's "Incense and Peppermints." And while serving as A&R director of Swan Records, he convinced the independent label to lease The Beatles' song "She Loves You."

Yusuf/Cat Stevens, who just released the album The Laughing Apple, has a PBS special planned for December.

Less than 48 hours until the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2018 ballot, Cleveland.compoints out that Carole King, already inducted as a songwriter, has not been nominated for her recording career since 1989. And Duran Duran has never been on the ballot, despite long being eligible.

REO Speedwagon was scheduled to unveil its Diamond Award for Hi Infidelity surpassing 10-million in sales on Monday at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino but postponed the event due to the tragic shooting in Las Vegas the night before. In a statement, the band says, “Our condolences go out to all those who lost loved ones and our thoughts are with the wounded.”

Toto’s Steve Lukather summed it up best when commenting on Sunday night’s massacre in Las Vegas, tweeting, “What has the world come to?”

Peter Frampton has a suggestion for you. He recently spent a long father-daughter weekend in Banff, Canada, and he suggests we “make this area a bucket list trip if you can do it… Serious awesome views.”

David Bowie’s son Duncan Jones and his wife Rodene are expecting their second child -- a girl. Their son, Stenton David Jones, named in memory of his grandfather, was born in July 2016.

Former Styx singer and keyboardist Dennis DeYoung is working on a new album, which he says, “contains several songs dealing with the state of our union. They don't suck but then you'll be the judge of that.”

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