In a week full of senseless tragedy and sorrow, it didn't help that one of my favorite artists since childhood passed away on Monday, October 2, 2017. I first remember hearing Tom Petty, as others in my generation can attest, on MTV. The video for "You Got Lucky" was groundbreaking at the time, with its extended lead-in and non-formulaic approach. I can vividly recall watching MTV and anxiously awaiting for that video to be aired. To this day, it remains one of my favorite songs by Petty & The Heartbreakers.
Micky Dolenz became friendly with Tom Petty in recent years, and guested on his Sirius XM radio show in 2016:
In this live clip from 2013, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers cover "Steppin' Stone" at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California:
Over the years, I have attended many Petty concerts with friends that yielded a lot of good times and laughs. I can still listen to my Petty albums, and remember the old days and the great music. Thanks to Tom for all of the memories.