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TOM PETTY:  Remembered in a memorial service on Monday

The family and friends of Tom Petty remembered the leader of the Heartbreakers in a private service on Monday in Pacific Palisades, California, not far from his home in Malibu.

AnnaKim Violette Petty, one of his daughters, broke the news of the ceremony, held at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine, by sharing some photos from the event on Instagram. The temple, shrine and meditation garden, which is a short walk away from the beach, is also where a memorial service for Petty's Traveling Wilburys bandmate George Harrison was held in 2001.

Going by the handle inviteloveinvitelove, the 35-year-old AnnaKim Violette posted a photo of a black-and-white photograph of her father with a guitar, displayed on an easel about white flowers, with the caption, featuring some lyrics from the song "The Dark of the Sun" from Petty's 1991 album, Into the Great Wide Open.

She also shared a photo of her and her sister, Adria Petty, along with the caption, "We care about each other and love our bad ass father" and a purple heart emoji.

Petty died on October 2nd in Los Angeles after going into cardiac arrest. He was 66.

THE CARS:  Ric Ocasek talks about The Cars' chances of making the Rock Hall

Ric Ocasek isn't confident that The Cars will be elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. They've been nominated for a third time this year.

The singer of such classic songs as "Shake It Up" and "You Might Think" tells New York's Daily News, "It has a lot to do with the TV aspect now. Now, it's an HBO thing or whatever it is… they’re thinking which bands can we program here to do the live thing." Ocasek is actually surprised that "some other bands from our era" have gotten in.

Ocasek will host an exhibit of his artwork Saturday at at the Wentworth Gallery in Short Hills, New Jersey.

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME:  Bon Jovi and The Moody Blues are leading

Fan voting for the 19 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees sees Bon Jovi closing in on 250,000 votes, with The Moody Blues heading for 200,000.

The rest of the order has remained the same since last Monday, with only the Top 5 garnering more than 100,000 votes each.

  1. Bon Jovi - 243,456
  2. Moody Blues - 189,027
  3. Dire Straits - 157,087
  4. The Cars - 134,920
  5. Eurythmics - 106,567
  6. Judas Priest - 94,984
  7. Depeche Mode - 84,823
  8. J. Geils Band - 80,341
  9. The Zombies - 79,160
  10. Radiohead - 53,901
  11. Nina Simone - 52,160
  12. Rage Against the Machine - 47,748
  13. Kate Bush - 41,053
  14. LL Cool J - 34,241
  15. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - 27,398
  16. The MC5 - 25,796
  17. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan - 22,888
  18. Link Wray - 21,925
  19. The Meters - 16,970

Votes can be cast until 10:59 p.m. (Central) on December 5th to place your vote at The Top 5 artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2018 inductees. You'll need to login with a Facebook account or E-mail to vote. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

The 2018 inductees -- the five to seven acts chosen -- will be announced in December, with the 33rd annual induction ceremony set for April 14th at Public Auditorium in Cleveland. HBO will once again air the ceremony, with details to be announced later.


Steve Van Zandt on being asked what his plans are for next year, tweeted, “Depends on what Bruce does and if and when I get a new TV show going.”

Brian Wilson addressed his fans on Facebook after ending his tour Saturday: "We toured all over the world for the last two years and I’ll never forget the love you brought to our shows." Wilson thanked Al Jardineand Blondie Chaplin as well "the greatest band in the world [for] an unbelievable experience."

Cat Stevens' "Wild World" just hit 100 million streams on Spotify.

Robby Krieger has pulled the plug on his fall tour “due to circumstances beyond our control.”

Rolling Stone founder and publisher Jann Wenner is featured in the latest issue of AARP The Magazine. He admits his magazine’s musical focus is no longer as rock intensive as it once was. He says, “Culture has changed. It’s all a young man’s game. I’m not that. We’re not the white-hot center anymore: The Rolling Stones or The Beatles or U2. I mean, it’s Taylor Swift and Rihanna.”

The Beatles still make $87,000 a day from Apple Corps. According to London's Mirror, the long-defunct band’s take for the last fiscal year was $31 million, a third of which came from the 2016 documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years.  

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