Bob Dylan Leads Tom Petty Tributes Following Music Legend’s Death

Dylan and Petty performed together as part of the Traveling Wilburys.

Music legend Tom Petty.
Tom Petty Gone but never forgotten. Image Getty

Bob Dylan led the tributes to late musician and bandmate Tom Petty, following his sudden passing.

Petty, who performed alongside Dylan as part of the supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, passed away at the age of 66 after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest in his home.

Dylan and Petty co-founded the Traveling Wilburys back in 1988, alongside fellow music legends George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne, releasing two full-length albums together.

In a statement issued to Rolling Stone, Dylan expressed his sadness.

“It’s shocking, crushing news. I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”

Fellow musician Carole King also offered her condolences on Twitter.

“My heart goes out to all the people affected by the horrible shooting in Las Vegas, & to family, friends and fans of Tom Petty, of which I’m one,” she said.

“Tom Petty gone? That’s just so wrong. What a bad day this has been, in so many ways,” writer Stephen King said on Twitter.

Bryan Adams also expressed his sadness on social media, writing “RIP Tom Petty. Thanks for all the great rockin’ music, hard to believe you’re gone.”

Paul McCartney, Chuck D and several other musicians and celebrities were quick to pay tribute to Petty and his work with the Heartbreakers.

Petty formed his band, The Heartbreakers, back in 1976, releasing a self-titled debut album later that same year which featured the classic track “American Girl.”

His major breakthrough came in 1979 with the release of “Damn The Torpedoes” in 1979.

All told, Petty released 13 studio albums and featured on countless more. A much loved artist known for a string of memorable collaborations, Petty may be gone but his influence and music will live on forever.

R.I.P. Tom Petty

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