Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and others pay tribute to Tom Petty

Tom Petty performs with his band during the Highway Companion Tour, at Madison Square Garden in New York, June 20, 2006. Photo: Rahav Segev/The New York Times

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene

(This story was originally posted at 1:11 a.m. Oct. 3)

Musicians ranging from Paul McCartney to Jack Antonoff paid their respects to Tom Petty on social media following the death of the 66-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Monday night in California.

The range of condolences – Ryan Adams, Billy Idol, Cyndi Lauper, Cameron Crowe – signified the massive reach of Petty’s music throughout his 40-year career.

Several posted throwback photos of Petty in his younger years, trademark flaxen hair in a simple part and a smile – or rock star grimace – on his face.

Here is what some had to say about the loss of Petty.

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