Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

A GIANT Has Passed...I Think?

Earlier Variety magazine reported that Tom Petty had passed away of a heart attack. Around 7 P.M. Monday evening, the magazine retracted their report. Apparently Petty is clinging to life and is not expected to live. He just finished up what he thought was very likely his final large scale world tour. Petty is without a doubt one of my very most favorite rock and roll artists of all time. Though I can't say he was an influence, he shared many of the same musical loves as I do, including Bob Dylan, The Byrds and The Beatles. and I greatly admire him as a superb songwriter and dynamic performer. I think what I most appreciate about him is his ability to craft great songs that are relatively simple yet always intelligently conceived and heartfelt. In that respect he is very similar in his writing approach to other American giants such as Johnny Cash and Woody Guthrie. I only saw him with the Heartbreakers once. The show, February 20, 1983, was the last of his current tour at the time and they played six encores. It was one of the best concerts I have ever seen. I hope that somehow he will pull through, but it does not look good.

"Everywhere we look, we want to make the most money possible," he told Rolling Stone in 2002. "This is a dangerous, corrupt notion. That's where you see the advent of programming on the radio, and radio research, all these silly things. That has made pop music what it is today. Everything – morals, truth – is all going out the window in favor of profit."

"You and I will meet again, When we're least expecting it, One day in some far off place, I will recognize your face, I won't say goodbye my friend, For you and I will meet again." -- Tom Petty