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2nd October 2017

tom petty

Tom Petty has very sadly died at the age of 66.

According to reports, he was removed from life support after tests revealed he had no brain function following a cardiac arrest.

He was resuscitated after he was found unconscious and in full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home on Saturday night.

TMZ say that emergency services, responding to a 911 call, found the singer not breathing but detected a pulse and rushed him to hospital in nearby Santa Monica.

Los Angeles police confirmed the news of his death to CBS News on Monday.

He had just completed a 40th anniversary fifty-three date tour with The Heartbreakers, winning good reviews with his final performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on September 22nd.

He had recently spoken of cutting back his work schedule to spend more time with his young granddaughter. He told Rolling Stone in December:

"I have a granddaughter now I'd like to see as much as I can. I don't want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that's a lot of time."

He is survived by daughters Adria and Kimberly from his first marriage of twenty-two years to Jane Benyo. Adria is a respected video producer, working with stars including Beyonce.

He was married to his second wife Dana York for sixteen years.

judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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