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GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers wave to the crowed after performing at the Bridgestone halftime show during Super Bowl XLII between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Tom Petty would’ve turned 67 today (October 20).

Frankly, it’s still difficult to think of him in the past tense. For many fans, the nearly three weeks since his sudden death has been spent coming to grips with the fact that another icon is gone and far too soon.

In the pantheon of American rock stars, Petty set himself apart by somehow writing songs that were straight-forward, almost minimalist and subtle, but at the same time were incredibly profound.

Whether you were a rebel without a clue or working on a mystery and goin’ wherever it leads, many of us can recall a moment listening to a song (or two…or ten) Petty wrote and thinking, “Now, he gets it.”

Or, if you were like me and were raised on promises, you thought, “Now, he gets me.”

Those connections to fans and those feelings are probably why Petty and the Heartbreakers’ performance at the Super Bowl XLII Halftime Show resonates the way it does. You had an American band delivering American songs during the most uniquely American event of the year.

And it’s absolute perfection.


Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights