The music world is remembering legendary rocker Tom Petty who passed away Monday at age 66. Musician Billy McGuigan is well known in Nebraska and says Petty was the greatest American rock artist that ever lived.
McGuigan says, “Tom wrote his songs and it just sounds like America. If I played Tom Petty in Canada it might not be as effective if you go to Florida and play it or play it abroad. Its got that sound we all hear. The second you play American Girl, I feel that. Something about him that he tapped into something deeper than a lot of those others were able to do.”
McGuigan says Petty and the Heartbreakers were a band of brothers in many ways and had just come off of a whirlwind tour. The group wrapped that up at the Hollywood Bowl one week before Petty died. McGuigan even goes out on a limb saying that Petty was the greatest American rock artist that ever lived.