Yet within six years, Tom had collaborated with ELO maestro Jeff Lynne on no less than four albums (whether it be with The Heartbreakers or solo) including the acclaimed "Full Moon Fever" (1989) and "Into The Great Wide Open" (1991) as well as both Traveling Wilburys volumes (under the pseudonyms of Charlie T. Wilbury Jr. and Muddy Wilbury) with "Highway Companion" (2006) following thereafter.
Whether it be classics such as "American Girl", "Refugee", "I Won't Back Down", "Free Fallin'" and "Learning To Fly" or his acclaimed work with Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Bob Dylan or those legendary gigs with The Heartbreakers, the rebirth of Mudcrutch, or the triumphant return of "Hypnotic Eye", the loss of TP is deeply felt.
On a personal level, I am all the more grateful that I was a face in the crowd at Hyde Park, London back in July to witness a supercharged performance by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (thanx to my good friend Paul Scott). 2017 was the year that elobeatlesforever (elobf) got to witness three Wilburys in person hence it is all the more difficult to absorb this news.
REVIEW: 2 [Mudcrutch] REVIEW: HYPNOTIC EYE [Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers]
Rest In Peace Tom Petty. May you learn to fly.
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 03-Oct-2017