Regressing in thought, I remember growing up with Petty's music. Erik saw him once around 2001 when I went to Disney after I graduated. I have not seen him beam from a concert until he saw Metallica later on. I remember when we recorded music off out CDs to tapes, he would always put Tom on his tapes. When WBIG 100.3 here in Rockville, MD started playing newer music, I would always say I would never get tired of them playing Tom Petty. It was true, in fact I got excited when they played "You Don't know How it Feels." In fact when I moved out at 23, I bought Erik a Tom Petty Rolling Stones magazine, and he mentioned he was going to tour less, because his knees were toast from jumping everywhere.
Recently (3 days ago,) I was listening to Spencer Davis Group, and the first song is "Gimmie Some Lovin' " and I thought how I would like to see another concert like Tom. At least when Glen Campbell passed, I could prepare myself, but not this one. This sprung up randomly when I looked at the news feed, I was floored. I mean I never knew him, but Tom was a huge influence on my charity. So all I have to say is say hi to Bo, Del Shannon, Roy and George! R.I.P Tom. This one personally hurts.