Music News: Music world reels in shock and mourning

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A cowboy hat lies on a Las Vegas street.
A cowboy hat lies on a Las Vegas street. (David Becker/Getty Images)

The tragic shooting that claimed 59 lives and left hundreds more injured on Sunday night in Las Vegas has been especially devastating for the music world, which is once again reeling from an attack directly targeting fans at a concert. Even as they struggled to process reports from Nevada, music fans learned that legendary rocker Tom Petty was hospitalized and was near death following a cardiac arrest. On Monday night, it was confirmed that Petty has died aged 66.

Performers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival — including Jason Aldean, who was onstage at the time of the attack — took to social media to share their sorrow and condolences. Among those voicing sadness and solidarity was Liam Gallagher, whose hometown of Manchester saw a concert attack earlier this year.

Ariana Grande, who was the performer at that Manchester concert, was one of many musicians who called for gun control legislation in the wake of the shooting. Among them: Lady Gaga, John Mayer, the Chainsmokers, and Caleb Keeter. A performer at the Route 91 festival, the guitarist wrote that "I've been a proponent of the 2nd amendment my entire life [...] I cannot express how wrong I was." He continued, "We need gun control RIGHT. NOW."

News of Petty's heart attack broke in a wave of various and sometimes conflicting reports. CBS erroneously reported that Petty had died, only to retract their report when authorities denied they were in a position to confirm that news. TMZ subsequently reported that Petty had been taken off life support and was approaching death.

Petty was one of the best-loved and best-known artists in popular music, and tributes quickly poured in from stars including Paul McCartney, Lorde, and Chuck D. "This is unbearable," tweeted Sheryl Crow, reflecting thoughts shared by many. "Vegas and now a great music hero has passed." (Pitchfork)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs share documentary footage

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who are preparing to reissue their 2003 album Fever to Tell, have shared a clip of footage from a documentary that will accompany the reissue. "Directed by Patrick Daughters, who also helmed Yeah Yeah Yeahs' 'Maps' video," notes Rolling Stone, "There Is No Modern Romance details Karen O, Nick Zinner and Brian Chase’s 2003 trek through the United Kingdom, with cameras intimately documenting what happened onstage, backstage and on the road."

Charles Bradley glows in archival footage

Daptone Records has shared a video featuring the late great Charles Bradley. "In the video," notes Pitchfork, "he performs an a cappella rendition of his track 'Victim of Love,' and shares his thoughts on life and spirituality."


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