Maybe this cat & mouse game of the media, jumping the gun on this has softened the blow. Maybe it hasn’t hit yet. In a post about being on vacation with my family as a kid when Elvis died, and how it hit my mom and aunt (they adored him). I touched on how I wasn’t sure how I would handle losing an icon that I cherished in one way or another, whether it was music, sports, an actor, or actress.  I said:

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Yes, it’s slap in the face, punch in the gut and a kick in the balls all at once.  

I think I can pinpoint the first time I ever heard Thomas Earl Petty and his Heartbreakers, and that was watching “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” on VHS when “American Girl” Belted out on the first day of school.  It jumped out at me. That was somewhere around ‘82 or ‘83 and from that point on I was hooked. 

I only got to see him once but you can’get better seats than the front row.

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That was a memorable concert.

When I was first processing the potential news which eventually proved to be true, my thoughts drifted to the show “Californication” where Hank Moody (David Duchovny) was either talking to his father or about his father or reading a letter from his father, but his dad in the show was happy that one of Hank’s books was being made into a movie, because it was “permanent”, Hank was dumbfounded a bit, that a movie was  better than a book or more permanent, but the in the letter his dad wrote him he was proud of the books, and I started to think of all the music,(Heartbreakers, Solo, Wilburys) the videos, or even the cameo Petty had “The Postman” with Kevin Costner, his time with Mike Judge and Hank Hill on “The King of the Hil”, books, documentaries. . He left a lot of “permanent” fixtures. 

 Don Mclean wrote about the day the music died in his song “American Pie”, signing about Richie Valens, Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and the others that died in that plane crash. 

I think for me that day is October 2nd, 2017. I’ll always have the CD’s maybe a tape or two left, a couple of DVD’s Blu-rays, a hard drive full of his music, but it will never be exactly the same. 

He will be missed.  I’m sure he’s already riding the river with Johnny Cash. 

Will look at this again in the morning.. Maybe.. I’ll have to see if it makes sense. 

For those interested, if you scroll and scroll, there are some unique audio performances that I uploaded that might be on you tube, but were left over from napster days. 

http://thoughtsthatstray.tumblr.com/tagged/Tom-Petty

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Batman Died last night. Adam West was 88 years old.

There will be others to don the mask and play the dual role of Bruce Wayne and Batman, The Caped Crusader, but “BATMAN” has died.  Nobody will own the character the way he did. 

Adam West made an appearance on “The Big Bang Theory” and the following dialog was scripted. 

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Obviously it was written for the show but there likely is some truth to it. As there have been a number of James Bond’s and for many it will always be Roger Moore, for some it will always e Sean Connery, but for me Batman will always be Adam West with others just playing the role.  If I had to rank those, I’d go West, Kilmer, Bale, Clooney, Affleck, Keaton and Lego. 

The show was corny and cheesy, but when I was a kid watching in the afternoon reruns it was perfect.  I remember being 5 or 6 years old and watching Rocky and realizing Mickey was The Penguin, Burgess Meredith played both roles perfectly. 

I watched a documentary within the past couple of years about West and it contained Adam’s plight to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and when you see some  of the ones that have been given out, it makes you question why he wasn’t given one in the 70′s. The fact that it took until 2012 is just outright insulting. So damn insulting.

Many feel he was typecast and somewhat blackballed following the show, and if you get saddled with one role, that is one helluva roll to get saddled with. 

RIP Mr. West, RIP Batman, and please take care of my car

“Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man,
Tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best I can.
And when it’s time for leavin’,
I hope you’ll understand,
That I was born a ramblin’ man.”

“Ramblin’ Man” The Allman Brothers

Prophetic words by Gregg Allman, who left us today 5/27

RIP!

The world lost a funny, funny man today(4/6/17) as 

Don Rickles has passed away. He’s shown above with Howard Stern(L) and David Letterman® on the set of Letterman’s late night talk show. 

I enjoyed him in many things, but one of his less “funny” roles in “Casino” sticks out. I recall Artie Lange saying something and I am paraphrasing, that he looked forward to meeting him on the set of “Dirty World” and wanted to be insulted by him, that would make his day and his late father would really get a kick out of that too. 

RIP funny man, go roast Richard, Robin, George and all the other funny  people we have lost.

Play it Chuck.  Just watch the looks Springsteen and the rest of the E Street band give this legend. Just a sense of amazement. 

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He could certainly play the guitar like he was ringing a bell, that is for sure. The world lost a musical legend as Chuck Berry passed away at the age of 90.

RIP Chuck

Overnight, I plugged my tablet in as opposed to my phone, since I was reading as I was falling asleep and I thought my phone had enough power to make it through the night.  It didn’t. I woke up and the battery was dead so I plugged it in.

A few moments ago, I reached for it to see how much it had charged and I had a USA Today alert that actor Bill Paxton had passed away at 61.  It stunned the hell out of me, from both his age and his death. I knew he was older than me, but I figured he was in mid 50′s. 

I’ve watched the handful of his “Training Day” episodes and I think I’ve liked him more in that than anything.  Just an off the cuff, no filter cop, who is likely a bit dirty, but he played the role really well. I was really looking forward to more episodes.   I recently finished “Big Love” and he was good in that.  

I don’t think I full appreciated his talent over the years. He was funny in “Weird Science”, and was  outstanding westerns such as “Tombstone”, “Texas Rising” and the “Hatfields and McCoys”.

Really stunning news. RIP