Some thoughts On The Passing Of Petty, And Other Stuff.

I touched on this a little bit in a 98.5 The Fox Facebook post last night. I kind of get the feeling that Tom Petty knew he didn't have much time left. He had mentioned in interviews before the start of the recent 40th anniversary tour that this one might be the last "big tour." 

He mentioned how touring took away valuable time spent with family. He mentioned his granddaughter and how he wanted to spend every moment he could with her. He said he wanted to relax for awhile. 

And now, two weeks after the end of the tour, Tom Petty has passed away. At 66. Still too young. 

My wife and I made a decision a couple of years ago. We decided to see as many of our rock idols as we could, while we could. We've scrimped and saved just to have the $$$ needed to see some great shows. Sometimes we've been lucky and scored some freeby tickets. We were fortunate to have seen the Eagles in Fresno on their History Of The Eagles tour. I got to see U2 on the Joshua Tree Anniversary tour. We made it to the Classic West at Dodger Stadium. And we've been to many many more. 

But I foolishly didn't buy Tom Petty tickets because I momentarily forgot our reason for trying to see as many bands as we could: They're not going to be around forever. 

And if you've looked around, I think you'll notice there are not very many traditional rock bands to replace the giants when they're gone. 

Now I don't know if Big Band fans (and I love big band music BTW) felt the same shock when they realized that the era of the big band had passed them by. I imagine they did. 

But Rock & Roll felt different. Feels different. 

I've been a rock fan since I saw The Beatles on Ed Sullivan. (Yes, I'm old enough to have seen The Beatles on Ed Sullivan) And I've loved rock music in every shape and form since. 

So I'll save my $$$ and see as many of my heroes as I can, while I can. And I'll revel in my luck at being able to come in here to the 98.5 The Fox studios and play my favorite music for you for four hours everyday. 

And I'll keep doing it while I can, for as long as I can. 

Mike Bell

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