Little Steven Van Zandt, who called Tom Petty “A brother and true believer” on Facebook after reports surfaced Monday afternoon that Petty was near death, opened his Monday night concert at The Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric in Baltimore with a powerful version of Petty’s “Even the Losers.” You can watch a video of the performance, below.
According to various reports, Petty went into cardiac arrest Sunday night and was found unconcious. He was rushed to the hospital and put on life support. However, it was discovered that he had no brain activity, and the decision was made to take him off life support.
Monday afternoon, various news outlets reported that he had died, though he had not. As I post this, late Monday night, there have still been no reports definitively confirming his death. I will update this post whenever more news becomes available. (Update: It has now been confirmed that Petty died at 8:40 p.m. PT.)
“Even the Losers” is from Petty and his band The Heartbreakers’ 1979 Damn the Torpedoes album, and though it wasn’t released as a single, it became an FM radio standard (and is now, of course, played frequently on satellite radio and internet radio as well).