Jeff Tweedy and company’s faithful rendition of the Hard Promises hit became a cathartic sing-along at the Music Factory. The world was still reeling from Petty’s death Monday following cardiac arrest at the age of 66.
The music world has paid homage to Petty in the days after his death: Coldplay teamed with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck onstage to cover “Free Fallin’,” while fellow artists, collaborators and friends like Sean Penn, Ryan Adams, Mark Ronson and Mike Judge have penned tributes to Petty.
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“It’s hard enough for any of us to share ourselves, to articulate in tone and content, to even one other individual,” Penn wrote of Petty. “But Tom was that extreme exception who could talk to and for millions through his music, words and way. We often say how lucky we were to know someone when they pass. Man, was I lucky, and moreso we were lucky that Tom Petty passed our way and left us a soundtrack more significant every day.”
His hits have defined rock radio since the Seventies, and he never stopped writing great music. Here’s the definitive guide to Tom Petty’s best songs.