Reactions to the death of Tom Petty continue to roll in. Here’s the latest batch:

Alice Cooper: “Unfortunately I never got a chance to work with Tom Petty and I never properly got to know him, but he was always one of those artists everyone wanted to work with, myself included. It is so rare to find someone who commands such universal respect in this business. He was a rock ‘n’ roll lifer with music in his blood. This man delivered a wealth of great songs to his fans and to the world, and that is something to celebrate. He was an honest renegade, a rebel and a true original. I read that he only really felt himself in the studio or on the road and to that I can truly relate. Rest In Peace Tom, and sincere condolences to your family, your friends and your countless fans around the world.”

Dave Davies: “Tom Petty and his band toured with The Kinks early on. I thought he was unique and a beautifully minimalist rocker — classic stylish and cool — he helped put cool and laid back into rock and roll. Tom Petty kept his cool head when many rockers of his time were too busy trying to be macho and hip and boringly superficial, loud and obvious. A huge influence on rock. When I spent time with him he was polite and respectful. He always seemed a quiet and solitary musician. I love his band, his approach, his music, his demeanor, his wonderful songs and his exquisite recordings. Tom Petty, I applaud your work your legacy and integrity. Long live your music. I will miss you, but I have your music. Thank you so much for that.

Bryan Adams: “Thanks for all the great rockin’ music. Hard to believe you’re gone.”

Dave Mason: “The sadness of the shootings in Las Vegas and now the passing of Tom Petty is close to the home in my heart. Prayers for the world.”

Joe Elliott: “I can’t say I knew Tom, although I did meet him twice — once to get his autograph backstage after I saw him open for Nils Lofgren at the Sheffield City Hall in 1978, and in a bowling alley of all places in 1983 when Def Leppard and Tom happened to be in the same town on the same night — but I’m incredibly saddened by the news of his passing. I love that first album (that’s what he signed for me!), always have, always will, but I have to add that Full Moon Fever was played on an almost-daily basis when Leppard were writing and recording the Adrenalize album. Through his work with the Heartbreakers and The Traveling Wilburys he’s left us with an incredible legacy to enjoy forever. It’s such a shame he has left us way before his time. Rest in Peace Tom. Safe travels into the Great Wide Open.”

The Doobie Brothers: “Tom Petty’s departure from this world came much too soon. His music has resonated through generations. Our condolences go out to his family, friends, fans and bandmates. Rest in Peace, Tom. Thank you for runnin’ down your dream.”

Elton John: “Tom Petty’s music and songs are timeless. They sound as relevant now as ever. He was a wonderful writer, musician and singer. Irreplaceable and unique. This is such a sad, sad day. Sending all my love to his loved ones.”

Gene Simmons: “Another great man gone too soon. Tom Petty you were an exceptional talent. Your legacy lives on.”

George Thorogood: “Devastating loss in Mr. Tom Petty. He will be remembered as a true rock legend — so many classics. Thoughts and prayers to the Petty family and team.”

Joey Kramer: “You will be missed. A music legend — gone but never forgotten.”

John Fogerty: “Tom’s music means the world to me and my wife, Julie. He is her favorite artist. We are just devastated to hear of our friend’s passing.”

Kenney Jones: “Sad news about Tom Petty. One of my favorite musicians. Went to see him a few years ago at the Albert Hall and had fun watching the Traveling Wilburys. What a talent and loss.”

Mick Jagger: “So sad about Tom Petty. He made some great music. Thoughts are with his family.”

Lenny Kravitz: “I am so saddened by the news of Tom Petty’s death. Beside being a genius musician and songwriter, he was the sweetest of human beings. In 1989, when Let Love Rule was released, he was the first person to believe in me, and took me on my first tour as his opening act. His belief in me is a gift that I will always cherish. He also taught me about collecting vintage guitars, which became a passion of mine. In each town we toured, we would go to music shops where I would watch him buy the most beautiful pieces. He was always fun, lighthearted and humble. Rest on brother. You did your thing to the maximum.”

Steve Winwood: “Tom Petty was a gentleman. I had the pleasure and privilege of doing two tours with him. During that time, I got to see what a brilliant songwriter and musician he is, and how much he is loved by millions around the world. My prayers are with Tom’s family and loved ones. He will be missed by so many of us who have been touched by his music.”

John Oates: “The passing of another great American musical icon, Tom Petty, brings back into focus the fragile beauty of life and reinforces the fact that we should all try to appreciate every moment here on earth and celebrate enduring gift of music and song that he left behind.”

source: premiere radio prep