Petty was wrapping up his 40th Anniversary Tour at the Hollywood Bowl.
During the show frontman Robin Pecknold performed a heart-wrenching solo rendition of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Don't Come Around Here No More.
"To me, Tom Petty represented a kind of songwriting I idolized: complex simplicity".
CBS News, citing Los Angeles Police Department, had earlier reported that Petty, 66, had died. "I'm not much on mystery", Petty sings in the opening line, but it's already too late. "With a little kid, that's a lot of time". "He motivated thousands of guitarists to learn to play just because they wanted to be able to play "Free Fallin".' Count me as one of them".
"And I'm always like, 'I don't get sick.' But, [stuff] happens".
The Florida-born Rock and Roll Hall of Famer never fit the role of slick, glamorous pop star, even as he sold more than 80 million records. And I wonder when you're recording a new album if you ever do that, if you take a demo or take a rough recording and take it out for a drive, see how it sounds on the highway outside the studio.More news: Equifax breach caused by lone employee's error, former CEO says
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Anyway, that tour-which Petty announced was going to be his last major trek (so that he could spend time with family, especially his granddaughter)-finally wound down late last month on the West Coast, not far from his home. I don't think so. Thanks to YouTube, fans can relive the iconic rocker's last performance. Petty's music had the narrative qualities of a great Dylan song, the pop sensibility of Jeff Lynne's ELO, the coolness of a Roy Orbison hit and the hook of great George Harrison Beatles songs.
The Wrap said the band had wrapped up a tour with three concerts at the Hollywood Bowl ending September 25.
"It's been very successful - beyond my wildest dreams", Petty said.
A moment now to remember one of rock music's most-beloved musicians.
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".
The world changed more than Petty did over the past few decades, even his marriage to Jane Benyo (with whom he had two children) broke up and he battled heroin addiction in the '90s.