Fellow music icons paid tribute to Tom Petty following the singer’s death on Monday.
“I’m shocked and saddened by the news of Tom’s passing, he’s such a huge part of our musical history, there’ll never be another like him,” Eric Clapton told the Associated Press in a statement.
Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott wrote on Twitter, “Through his work with the Heartbreakers and The Traveling Wilburys he’s left us with an incredibly legacy to enjoy forever, it’s such a shame he has left us way before his time.”
“It is so rare to find someone who commands such universal respect in the business,” Alice Cooper tweeted. “He was a rock n roll lifer with music in his blood. This man delivered a wealth of great songs to his fans and to the world and that is something to celebrate.”
“I feel Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is the best American rock band, ever. He is both a peer and an inspiration to me. I am heartbroken at his passing, and my deep sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones,” REO Speedwagon’s Keith Cronin wrote on Facebook.
Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement, “Tom was a true rock and roll purist, both in his music and his defiant spirit. With the Heartbreakers, his infectious riffs, rebellious personality, and inventive songwriting brought a new urgency to rock traditions and fueled a now legendary career and some of the most memorable music of the last four decades.”