Here are 5 of Tom Petty's iconic last performances

Entertainment					The Top 10 Greatest Tom Petty Songs				
			By				Daniel Bukszpan

Entertainment The Top 10 Greatest Tom Petty Songs By Daniel Bukszpan

From the familiar intro guitar licks on "American Girl" to the psychedelic drum beats on "Don't Come Around Here No More" to his soaring vocals on "Free Fallin" and so many other classics, Tom Petty's signature voice and sound changed American music. It was Petty's final concert. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers finished this summer's tour with his final three performances at the Hollywood Bowl. But appreciating them this way wasn't almost as much fun as listening to the Heartbreakers, a band that continually found fresh ways of reworking the sounds of the British Invasion and American garage rock. Petty, who was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, performed all his classic hits, including "Don't Come Around Here No More", on April 30, 2017.

According to Snopes, Petty debunked an urban myth that the song was about a suicide at the University of Florida, which is located in his hometown of Gainesville. Of all those songs, none is as Petty-ish in its genius. He only played Mudcrutch material that night and, freed from performing the requisite hits, seemed reinvigorated as he interacted with the crowd, told stories and shared the spotlight with his band mates.

The broke into the limelight In 1977 with the song "Breakdown". The cover of the band's second album, "You're Gonna Get It!" features the band members' faces in half shadow, much like the "With the Beatles/Meet the Beatles!" sleeve.

Petty looked back that night for sure.

Hits like "Learming to Fly'", "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and "The Waiting" consistently hit the radios across the country and made Petty's popularity contagious over the past few decades.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of Tom Petty's passing", said the company. "I got my own way of talkin"; but everything gets done with a Southern accent, where I come from". He encouraged it. "You can stand me up at the gates of hell / But I won't back down!". "My mother and grandmother laid me in my bed, stripped me and they took cotton and alcohol, cleaning these big welts all over my body".

"I'm thinking it may be the last trip around the country", Petty told Rolling Stone previous year.

The couple's 22-year wedding was allegedly replete with mental illness, and drug use.

While these lyrics may have been about drugs, they prove how full of life he was. "I really didn't know, you know, I did that in the middle of..."

"I was used to living in hell. I lived through being terribly abused as a kid, and then I found myself in an abusive marriage", he told Warren Zanes, the writer of his biography. "I was introduced by my uncle, and he sort of grunted my way", Petty said, of the moment he decided he wanted to be a rock star. In the early 2000s the Strokes took off thanks to an unabashed rip of "American Girl" they called "Last Nite".

Dylan responded immediately to reports of Petty's death with a statement: "It's shocking, crushing news".

"Using heroin went against my grain". Reading such writing at age 16 taught me that pop music could go beyond catchy to important. Maybe that was what I was always hearing. "It's an ugly f***ing thing".

He eventually broke his addiction after undergoing treatment, and married York in 2001.

He is survived by Dana; two daughters, Adria and Annakim; Dana's son, Dylan; and Petty's younger brother, Bruce.

Petty's productivity briefly slowed, but never stopped.

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