The night before what would have been Tom Petty’s 67th birthday, a group of fans gathered along the Southern California thoroughfare name-checked in his classic “Free Fallin'” to pay tribute to the dearly departed singer.
Petty, who left had a sudden death on Oct. 2, painted a vivid lyrical portrait of late ’80s life around Los Angeles in “Free Fallin’,” including a number of references to local landmarks — like the line “All the vampires walking through the valley / Move west down Ventura Boulevard.”
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That particular lyric inspired local artist and jeweler Mary Soracco to organize yesterday’s “vampire walk” as an eerily fitting birthday celebration.
“My friends were joking with me how I wasn’t a Tom Petty fan before this, but how can I not be a fan after this?” Soracco told the Los Angeles Daily News. “I love L.A., and he loved L.A., and that’s the reason why I’m doing this.”
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