“My generation has never known a world without Tom Petty in it,” he notes. “There's something to be said for that, for the longevity of his career. So many talented bands get together, make a few songs or a couple albums, then fade away, sometimes being forgotten altogether within a few years.”
Billedeau provides a summary of Petty’s rise to stardom and the formation of his band.
“Tom also remained creatively vital as a solo act, though on his three albums away from the Heartbreakers brand, most all of them played some part in their creation,” he wrote. “In concert with the Heartbreakers, the songs took on an all-new powerful life.”
Billedeau said he caught Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in concert in Grand Rapids three times.
“Now, their albums were darn good and never suffered from filler. But their live shows? Good lord, they blew the roof off the place,” he wrote.
Billedeau said Petty's death has hit him harder than just about any other musician’s death.
“I think it's because he was such a solid guy, both on stage and off, who loved his craft, family and friends,” he wrote.
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