We here at CONVICTS would prefer not to do anymore obituarial work, but sadly, Hall of Fame rocker Tom Petty passed away today. Responsible for hits like “Free Falling,” “American Girl,” “Breakdown,” and too many others to mention here, Tom Petty was one of those classic rock icons whose voice anyone with ears would recognize. Petty’s work spanned decades and included collaborations with another all-American bard, Bob Dylan.

After rising from his humble roots as a Southern rocker in the early seventies, Petty formed Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and achieved widespread commercial and critical success for the next three decades. Petty beat a bout of heroin addiction in the nineties and came back stronger than ever, completing has final major tour just last year.

CONVICTS was lucky enough to hit-up Pettyfest for the last two years, in both New York and LA. This event celebrated the inspiration the late rocker doled out to aspiring musicians. Full of musical tributes and sincere sentiment, Pettyfest revealed the breadth of the late rocker’s influence.

RIP, you old legend.