Han Solo and Kylo Ren in the Millenium Falcon’s cockpit
Entering the cockpit ahead of the others, Han Solo scanned the console. A wave of something washed over the Millennium Falcon’s rightful owner. Not nostalgia. That wasn’t part of his makeup. But there was definitely something.
Kylo Ren ignored him as he strode past, his eyes raking every corner of the crashed vessel, looking for he wasn’t sure. Something that might speak to him. Something recognizable, perhaps.There was nothing in the deserted cockpit, but he delayed leaving anyway, settling down in the pilot’s seat. Something…
Tom Petty, the bandleader who shot to fame with the Heartbreakers and enjoyed a successful, four-decade career, died late Monday.
He was 66.
Petty suffered cardiac arrest early in the day and was rushed unconscious to a hospital. He was taken off life support and CBS News reported his death that afternoon before the Los Angeles Police walked back the confirmation it provided.
”Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time,” Paul McCartney tweeted at the time.
Confusion persisted until manager Tony Dimitriades confirmed Petty’s death on Facebook late on Oct. 2.
”On behalf of the Tom Petty family we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty.
”He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PST surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”
”So sad about Tom Petty, he made some great music,” Mick Jagger tweeted. “Thoughts are with his family.”
Petty and the Heartbreakers found massive success with their third album, 1979’s Damn the Torpedos. It spawned the hits “Refugee” and “Don’t Do Me Like That” and cemented a partnership that continued through the band’s 40th-anniversary tour, which wrapped Sept. 25.
Dwight Yoakam took to Facebook to eulogize Petty and said he arrived at just the right time.
”Just about the time when the punks had overrun the music world, sacked and burned Rome, this cat showed up still redneck, hot rod, rockin’!! … Never got to know him, except as a fan, but I’m sure gonna miss him.”
Ted Nugent called Petty a “great gifted hardworking American soulmusic master” in a Facebook post.
”We thank and salute the great musician for enriching so many peoples lives with his brilliant songwriting, soulful performances and virtuoso bandmates,” he said. “… His music and soul will live forever.”
Outside the Heartbreakers, Petty was a successful solo artist with albums such as Full Moon Fever and Wildflowers. In 1988, he was the kid (dubbed “Charlie T. Jr.”) in the Traveling Wilburys, with George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan and recently toured and recorded with a reconstituted version of his first band, Mudcrutch.
In a statement to Rolling Stone, Dylan called Petty’s death, “shocking, crushing news.
“I thought the world of Tom. He was a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”
An unabashed Byrds fan, Petty often played “So You Want to be a Rock and Roll Star” in concert and produced Chris Hillman’s just-released Bidin’ My Time LP.
“[He’s] very subtle. He has good ideas, and he … lets the music flow,” Hillman told The Boot in discussing Petty’s production skills. “He was very good, a very good producer. I’ve worked with some good ones, and he’s up there with them.”
”Tom Petty was a kind friend with a beautiful soul,” Eddie Money said. “Our condolences go out to his family and may he rest in peace. We will miss him.”
A “heartbroken” Brian Wilson offered “love and mercy” to Petty’s friends, family and fans.
”He was just too young and still in his prime,” Wilson wrote. “Tom was a hell of a songwriter and record-maker and he will be missed by everyone who loves music. I’m so sad to hear about this.”
At the height of his success, Petty fought against record labels’ efforts to raise LP prices and was revered for his band’s live shows.
”His music will endure,” Huey Lewis said on Facebook.
Outside of music, Petty provided the voice of Lucky on “Family Guy.”
”Devastating loss in Mr. Tom Petty,” George Thorogood said on Facebook. “He will be remembered as a true rock legend - so many classics. Thoughts and prayers to the Petty family and team.”
Petty had said the just-wrapped tour would be the Heartbreakers’ last major outing, but the band, which released an unlikely No. 1 album Hypnotic Eye in 2014, had a handful of dates scheduled for later this year.
Kid Rock noted Petty’s death came less than 24 hours after 59 concertgoers were murdered and more than 500 injured in Las Vegas.
”Just when I though today could not get any worse … R.I.P. Tom Petty,” he said on Facebook.
“Thank you for your beautiful music and inspiration.”
A/N: This wasn’t requested at all, but I just had a sudden inspiration to write a platonic Tom/Harry/Harrison/Reader fic?? It’s 2500+ words long? Basically this is just Haz’s livestream but with the reader there too. There’s a lot of dialogue, which I apologize in advance for. Hopefully you guys like this, because it’s the first fic I’ve written about real people (I usually just write for fictional characters). I can also do a part two if you guys request it?? Um, that’s about it, really. So here’s the fic. Also I’m gonna tag @hufflepuffholland (I hope that’s okay with you, Charissa).
It was a pleasant evening, the sun just beginning to set and the air not yet cold, and you were feeling rather relaxed. You were lounging in a chair on the patio, your eyes shut as you listened to the crackling of the fire and idle chatter of your friends.
“You know what we ought to do?” Harry said, prodding one of the slabs of steak that was cooking over the fire with a stick.
“What?” Harrison glanced up from his phone, where he was absentmindedly scrolling through his Instagram feed. Upon seeing Harry poking the steak, he scolded, “Stop that, mate, you’ll knock it in.”
Harry ignored Harrison’s warning and continued to jab at the meat. “You ought to go live,” he said.
“No,” you spoke up without opening your eyes, “That’s a shit idea. You definitely should not go live.”
“Why not?” Harry asked defensively.
“What if someone finds out where the house is? We can’t have a repeat of what happened in Georgia,” you pointed out. There was a pause, and although you couldn’t see them you assumed the boys were exchanging eyerolls. “Plus I look like shit, so. I don’t want to be on camera.”
But Harrison clearly didn’t share your concerns. “You look fine, Y/N,” he dismissed, “I’m going live.”
Your eyelids popped open and you gave the blond boy a hateful glare. “Harrison, you prick, don’t –”
Tapping something on his phone, Harrison shot you a shit-eating grin. “Too late.”