On Monday October 2nd Tom Petty suffered cardiac arrest and passed away.
I had the pleasure of seeing Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers several times over the past 20 years. Although the locations of the concerts may have been different, Tom’s dedication to hard work and delivering all he and his band had to offer to the crowd was never a doubt. Throughout all his success, he remained a humbled man that always had kind words to say about the people around him. Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers had just finished their 2017 tour with 3 sold out nights at the Hollywood Bowl. I have always wanted to see a concert at the Hollywood Bowl and had thought about seeing Tom Petty there last week. Unfortunately I was not able to make the show assuming that there would be another time to see him at the Hollywood Bowl.
Two days after the last show and two days before he passed away Tom was interviewed about the tour and his future plans. If you click on the following link http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-tom-petty-the-final-interview-20171004-story.html you can listen to his last interview. The interview is about 45 minutes in length and shows what a humble guy his was even after all his success in the music business. Till the end it was all about the music.
As the founder and CEO of a healthcare technology company I have had the pleasure of meeting so many physicians, PA, NPs and PTs over the past 20 years that demonstrate a true passion for what they do each day. To all of you I say thank you for providing such great patient care. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Tom Petty in person, he is one of the few people with whom I did not know but will be missed. Tom Petty and his Heart Breakers have left behind a legacy of music that speaks for itself. It is my belief that in the end he had found his “Saving Grace”. RIP Thomas Earl Petty.
Thomas J. Bierster, Jr.
Founder / CEO MD Logic, Inc.