Star Trek : Discovery – The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not For The Lamb’s Cry

With an awesome title, I had hoped that episode 4 will be just as awesome in it’s delivery as well. It was pretty good but I felt that it didn’t match upto the previous episode. And also, they kill off the Indian female connection in the show. Bad Star Trek!

Episode Synopsis:

Lorca assigns Burnham to study the creature from the Glenn to find a way to use its biology as a weapon. Starfleet orders Discovery to relieve the dilithium mining colony of Corvan II which has come under Klingon attack. Stamets is reluctant to make such a long jump using the spores, and when the drive is activated the ship nearly collides with a star. Commander Landry is sent to keep the research on track, and attempts to sedate the creature to cut off its claw, but it escapes and kills her. Burnham approaches the creature with a spore cannister and it remains calm. Noticing the creature’s reaction to the jump and its symbiotic relationship to the spores, Stamets and Burnham transport the creature to Engineering, where it connects to the drive and calculates the navigation coordinates, allowing the ship to jump to Corvan and save the colony. On T’Kuvma’s flagship, Voq and L’Rell scavenge the dilithium processor from the Shenzhou. On their return, Klingon commander Kol has convinced Voq’s crew to mutiny and exiles him to the Shenzhou to die. L’Rell transports aboard and tells him they can win the war themselves.

Faced with the unenviable task of recusing the miners of Corvan II is the big challenge for the crew of the Discovery. As Lorca notes, if the planet fell to the Klingons or got destroyed then a lot of Starfleet’s dilithium supply would be lost. The closest ship was 84 light years away so Lorca’s quest to use the spores and the mega-tardigrade to get the spore drive online and reach the planet in time to fend off attacking Klingon ships.

The thing I hated about this episode was the rather dumb choice that Commander Landry did – one of the demands Lorca had for Michael and Landry was to figure out how to weaponize the tardigrade’s talons or whatnot, since the animal received no damage from Klingon weapons. Letting the creature loose and then trying to stun it did not go down well. She was attacked and mauled to death. Killing off my Indian connection to the show pissed me off, though I kinda knew that her role would not last long.

Stamets gets a talking down from his captain, who clearly hates him and boy is the feeling mutual. In front of his mate, Dr. Hugh Culber, Lorca berates his officer to the point of us feeling sad for this character. Stamets didn’t sign on for war and looking for ways to win at war – he came on to peacefully explore and study. But in a time of war, especially with such a formidable enemy as the Klingons, all exploration and pursuit of science for knowledge goes out the airlock and science is used to make weapons or make weapons more efficient. In this case, also to speed up the ship’s transport.

With Voq’s leading T’kuvma’s people on the ship which requires repair and them starving as their supplies run out, his stubbornness about scavenging the Shenzhou for power has put his followers at even greater risk. A rival Klingon name Kol from the House of Kor, takes advantage of the situation and taunts Voq – is that a little racism I hear – and brings food and supplies to the rest of the ship. L’Rell too seems to have abandoned Voq as she sides with Kol but after the albino is beamed abroad the Shenzhou to starve to death, she secrtely beams herself in as the other leave.

She tells him that she did it to save him; the deception as all to keep Voq alive so she could transport him to the matriarchs of her clan. With them, Voq can learn everything he needs to know about leadership. But he’ll have to give up everything. At the end of the episode, Michael learns that she has been willed Captain Georgiou’s family heirloom, an old telescope that she clearly cherished.

What is in store for Voq, Burham and the Discovery’s crew. I have become so entranced by this show – despite it’s flaws and all – and want to know more and more.

Arsenal Additional Injury Woes

Arsenal are faced with an injury crisis ahead of their trip to Watford on Saturday, with seven players potentially sidelined for the clash at Vicarage Road. Arsene Wenger has a selection headache ahead of the weekend with seven of his first-team stars currently sidelined through injury. Centre-back Shkodran Mustafi suffered a torn ligament during Germany’s 5-1 win over Azerbaijan on Sunday, while Laurent Koscielny faces a race to be fit after an Achilles injury. Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil is also on the comeback trail after a knee problem, while Francis Coquelin remains out with a hamstring injury.

The quartet join a trio of other stars on the treatment table as the Arsenal squad is stretched to the limit ahead of their return to Premier League action. Shkodran Mustafi suffered a thigh sprain muscle problem while on international duty with Germany against Azerbaijan as the holders secured their place at the 2018 World Cup on the back of 10 straight qualifying wins in Group C. Nacho Monreal is expected to be available, but Laurent Koscielny has been nursing a troublesome Achilles which flared up before the international break, while Calum Chambers is recovering from a groin problem. Rob Holding, who played against Brighton alongside Koscielny, and veteran German Per Mertesacker are other options to come in for Mustafi.

Sead Kolasinac only managed 45 minutes for Bosnia though according to reports from the player’s home country, there is no suggestion in the press that Kolasinac is actually injured. Danny Welbeck was out following a groin injury while Ozil picked up an injury during training and has inflammation of the knee. Francis Coquelin should soon return after his hamstring strain but is not confirmed for Saturday. And well we have Santi Carzola’s long term injury.

The Greatest Fear

You’re locked in a room with your greatest fear. Describe what’s in the room.

My greatest fear is total failure. Lost of monetary income and with no hopes to gain anymore. With no money to pay the bills, to buy food, to buy medicine and keep the electricity and water running. No money to survive. Not just me but my family too.

I have had big glimpses of it and it is not pretty. Infact it is downright fucking ugly, bloody and messy. It’s the scariest thing that I can think of. Next to ghosts, goblins, werewolves, demons, zombies, a devil and eternal torture in hellfire – this one takes the cake.

So in this room I envision a vision of me in that situation and the sad realization that I have only one way out. And that way out is to end it.

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com

My Fav Pasta Recipe

Share your favorite pasta recipe.

American Chop Suey is an Indo Chinese dish which is available in many Chinese restaurants in India. We have no clue as to why this is called American Chopsuey – it isn’t the same as the dish with that name in the USA. But it is one of my fav dishes to eat. The combination of crispy noodles, beef, chicken and/or seafood with crunchy vegetables topped with sauce and egg makes it look and taste appetizing.

  1. Boil the noodles according to the package instructions or till the noodles is perfectly cooked. Do not overcook it.
  2. Make ‘bulls eye’ eggs – basically sunny-side-up.
  3. After draining the noodles, deep fry in oil little at a time till it becomes crispy. Remove on paper towels to remove excess oil.

For Making The Sauce

  1. Put a wok or stir fry pan on high heat. Add 1-2 tblsp of oil.
  2. Add the chicken strips to this and stir fry on high heat for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add beef strips and any seafood if you want to add them.
  4. Add the finely chopped garlic, ginger and sliced onions. Continue to fry till the chicken gets cooked.
  5. Now add all the veggies and stir fry on high heat so that all the vegetables should be cooked but still retain their crispiness.
  6. In the mean time, take the corn flour in a separate bowl and add the chicken stock to it little by little so that it gets mixed up without forming any lumps. Add the soy sauce, tomato ketchup, chilly sauce, salt and pepper to this.
  7. Add this mixture to the cooked veggies and let it cook for about 10 minutes till the sauce is reduced and thickened. Taste the sauce to check for seasonings.

To serve

  1. Place the fried noodles in a plate and crush it slightly with hands.
  2. Put some of the sauce with the veggies and meat on top of the noodles.
  3. Garnish with a bulls-eye egg (sunny side up) on top and serve hot. Top the noodles with the sauce just before serving to retain the crispiness of the noodles.

Delicious and filling and goes well with beer, vodka, rum and anything else.

Prompt from 31 DAYS OF OCTOBER WRITING PROMPTS from the SitsGirls

The Novel That Never Was

Do You Want to Write a Book?

Yes. Once upon a time, I always envisioned that I would end up writing atleast one book which will get published, maybe more. So far no go.

But there was a time when I did write 13 chapters of this idea for a novel I had. It was a scifi concept of a guy who befriends a scientist/inventor who disappears and our protagonist investigates. When he finds the scientist’s secret lab hidden under the latter’s garage he stumbles onto a large device that transports him into an alternate universe – one in which after two more world wars, men are rare and women dominate the planet.

The women keep men as slaves, for labour and for sex, and there are tussles between women in power to keep their quota of slaves. One man is shared by several women, who have assumed a post-apocalyptic military lifestyle. Our protagonist is found and enslaved but uses his wits to keep himself at the top of the slave chain and he doesn’t have to do much physical labour due to his smarts being used to help the women in command.

At one point – had I finished the novel – he would have escaped with a few women who are more gentle and kind and take a boat off to an island where they can live in peace with other like-minded men and women. But I never got that far.

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

Violence In Video Games

Do You Play Violent Video Games?

I don’t play video games at all. I used to and played quite a few but the only games I bought myself were a couple of FIFA & NHL from EA Sports. I however used to install a lot of demo games from various cds that I would get from computer magazines like PC Today and others.

Among these games I would often pick the first person style shoot him up like games, Duke Nukem and Doom in particular. There were 2 or 3 more but at this point in time I cannot remember the names of these games which I haven’t played since 2003 (Wolfstein something?). Yes these were bloody games with lots of gore and violence but because of the level of graphics at the time it did not look realistic at all. It looked like a game.

I don’t play them anymore but I don’t find them to be very violent either but perhaps because they look very cartoonish at the time. I wonder how the graphics for the current versions would look. It would be interesting.

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

Make Them Eggactly As I Tell You To

Share your favorite recipe that includes eggs.

Hmmm, favourite recipe that includes eggs. For a guy who loves his eggs a simple way, like an omelet or bulls-eye/sunny side up, this can be hard.

So once in a while I like a spicy egg burgi or scrambled eggs (especially if it’s duck’s eggs) but I guess my favourite recipe for eggs could possibly be the beef omelet and French toasts. I love meat omelet and either ground beef or mutton would be great. Cook the minced or ground beef/mutton separately with spices and then make an omelet, keeping the minced meat stuffed inside. It’s great that way and perfect while drinking some vodka.

And ofcourse French toasts – who doesn’t love French toasts. Beat eggs in with some milk and salt – other ingredients also welcome – and then dunk your slices of bread in that mix. Then you cook them on a frying pan. Voila! You letter of credit loan got French toast. Tasty as hell.

Prompt from 31 DAYS OF OCTOBER WRITING PROMPTS from The SitsGirls

Star Trek : Discovery – Context Is For Kings

Episode 3 is the actual pilot for the show because episodes 1 & 2, as a two parter, serves as a prologue to Discovery in a way. We finally get the see the ship in question and which shares it’s name with the title of the show.

Episode Synopsis:

Six months into her sentence, Burnham is on an unexpected prison transfer when an emergency forces her shuttle to be rescued by the USS Discovery. Spending several days on the ship, Burnham is ordered by its captain, the mysterious Gabriel Lorca, to assist with a scientific assignment. Burnham overhears Lieutenant Paul Stamets, an astromycologist who is leading the assignment, discuss an upcoming experiment with a colleague serving on another starship; Lorca is soon informed of an incident on the Discovery’s sister ship, the USS Glenn, that has killed the entire crew. Stamets leads a boarding party to investigate and finds the dead crew hideously twisted and malformed, as well as a group of Klingons killed by an unknown creature. Lorca later asks Burnham to work for him, despite her sentence, explaining that he organized the circumstances that led her to him so she could help develop a new way to fly that could win the war she started by killing T’Kuvma. He also secretly has the creature transported aboard the Discovery.

A shell of her former self Burnham is a defeated figure having accepted her fate and her imprisonment. She is though still a badass and takes no nonsense from two of the prisoners who seem to want to attack her as family of one of the prisoner’s were killed in battles with the Klingons. The shuttle carrying her and three other prisoners being attacked by a space spores and the pilot is lost but the shuttle is rescued by the Discovery – there is no way that captain Gabriel Lorca did not plan it? He is dark and mysterious, with the onset of war perhaps only enhancing what was already there.

This episode marks the first appearance of series regulars Anthony Rapp (Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Sylvia Tilly), and Jason Isaacs (Gabriel Lorca). Conrad Pla, Elias Toufexis, and Grace Lynn Kung, who respectively play prisoners Stone, Cold and Psycho in this episode, all play or have played roles in The Expanse, another science fiction TV series. The Discovery is working on a faster way to move through space or atleast Stemets is heading the project and Lorca wants Burnham to help as she is, in Saru’s words, the smartest person Saru ever met.

We are introduced to the bubbly Cadet Tilly, who seems to be autistic perhaps (She mentions “special needs” ) and who is assigned to bunk with Burnham. Tilly is a quick fan favourite as an adorkable character but one who also is more than she seems and is aware of the darkness in the ship. We also meet Landry, Discovery’s badass, no-nonsense, tough as nails head of security. Her colourful language when referring to the prisoners may not be what we have come to expect off from Starfleet officers but she definitely is a badass.

We also meet Stamets who is the gay main character and who is the arrogant scientist who rues Starfleet and the military’s stranglehold on scientific experiments in the name of creating weapons and in the face of war. He also butts heads with his captain, who he clearly does not like. The question on many fan’s minds is – is the Discovery part of a covert operation run by Starfleet’s secret/black ops division, Section 31? That would totally make sense with the way things have been depicted. e also see a lot of black insignia on the ship, which is leaving many to speculate about Section 31’s involvement.

Lorca certainly has charm to boot along with his dark persona and he is the kind of captain who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. But are they his alone or his superiors’ too? We also get to see the Discovery’s sister ship, the doomed USS Glenn, on which Stamet’s work partner was stationed, Starfleet having separated them to get them to work more efficiently and to make room for more experiments. The experiments go badly and a boarding party which includes Landry, Burnham, Tilly & Staments along with secruity personnel is sent to investigate.

No crew has survived and they also find several dead Klingons. Tilly sees a live Klingon who sushes her and is then attacked by a large dangerous creature. The crew minus a few security personnel manages to escape but Lorca has the creature secretly transported aboard the Discovery and held behind a forcefield, before having the Glenn destroyed. Lorca also reveals some of his intentions to Burnham, enough to keep her on the ship (and he seems to have enough clout to keep a convicted prisoner sentenced to life on his ship and working on secret projects) and entices her by asking if she didn’t want to help him end a war that she started. He is working on not a weapon to kill, but an organic propulsion system that would allow them to travel galaxies in a mere instant. This, he believes, will allow them to win the war. To prove his point, he has her step into a chamber and takes her on a journey around the galaxy in a matter of moments.

So what’s up with Lorca? What mysteries will unfold as the season goes on. The ratings have been pretty good for this episode and I too really enjoyed it. It’s not my vision of Star Trek – or most fans vision either – but it looks to be a good show. 8.5 outta 10!

Saturday Morning Movie

Despite working from 5:30 pm to 2:30 am on Friday I woke up by 7:30 am today in order to go to Lulu Mall and watch a 10 am showing of the movie Blade Runner : 2045. Unfortunately they were showing the film at only the morning 10 am or the 4:45 pm show. Now, coming outta Lulu Mall in the late evening hours and trying to get back to my place on a weekend, especially with the Under 17 FIFA World Cup game being held at Kaloor stadium is not a good choice. So I decided to go for the morning show.

So I woke up at 7:30 am though I still lay in bed till 8. I then woke up and brushed my teeth and got some coffee. I then ironed my shirt and shaved and took a shower. I hailed an Uber at 9:15 am and reached Lulu Mall by 9:38 am as there was hardly any traffic this morning. Then I went in and showed my e-ticket and go into the PVR and bought popcorn and Pepsi – my breakfast – and asked them to bring it to my seat.

Unfortunately my seat was not good and I ended up sitting on the edge of my seat as the recliner was setup way too back and I just couldn’t get it to be proper. Anyways after the movie, I went to get some nice chicken for lunch and then went to a Vodafone store in the heavy traffic and waited almost 2 hours for them to get me the new SIM for mum’s phone and for me to link my aadhar to my account. Then I bought a few snacks for the weekend and came home.

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : Top Albums Celebrating 30 Years

This is my top 11 albums which were released in the year 1987 and are celebrating their 30th anniversary.

  • Hysteria – Def Leppard
  • Pride – White Lion
  • Whitesnake – Whitesnake
  • Appetite For Destruction – Guns n’Roses
  • Permanent Vacation – Aerosmith
  • Electric – The Cult
  • Hold Your Fire – Rush
  • Bad – Michael Jackson
  • Into The Fire – Bryan Adams
  • Kick – INXS
  • Girls, Girls, Girls – Motley Crue

This is my list and from my personal collection of albums from various artists. I love this collection.

Halloween Dress Up?

Will You Be Wearing a Halloween Costume This Year?

I have never had the chance to dress up for Halloween and well that’s because we do not celebrate Halloween in India. Well, there are a few MNC’s across the country that do and they do it as best as they can but it is usually confined to the office or maybe an international school/college campus. But there are no parties for Halloween and definitely no kids going out for Trick or Treat.

We just don’t do that kind of stuff over here. But I wish we did because it’s a fun holiday, certainly the best kind of thing to celebrate. Forget those silly god and goddess worshipping holidays, this is a day of pure fun and enjoyment and playing out a little fantasy. I would want to dress up as Count Dracula or a similar kind of debonair & suave vampire with a cape, suit and top hat, fangs and all. Or like a any character from fiction or film. A favourite Scifi character or superhero.

So, no I won’t be dressing up as a vampire, ghost or werewolf or zombie unfortunately. But I do like seeing people in other places doing so and even love episode or movies around this subject.

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

The Circle

The Circle is a 2017 American techno-thriller film directed by James Ponsoldt and written by Ponsoldt and Dave Eggers, based on Eggers’ 2013 novel of the same name. The film stars Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, with John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Ellar Coltrane, Patton Oswalt, Glenne Headly and Bill Paxton. It is the final performance of Paxton’s career, and was released just after his death in February 2017. It is also Headly’s penultimate performance before her death in June 2017.

The movie is set in the near future (it’s not really mentioned as such but from the look of things I’d guess in the next couple of years) where technology and social media is on the cusp of really taking over the world in a way that privacy can really take a back seat. I mean just look at movie stars and pop stars in Hollywood or any big city – they are hounded by the media and the paparazzi and at times you feel bad for them because they cannot even go to a cafe and enjoy some food and coffee in peace and without makeup on and looking at their best because pics would be splashed all over the internet.

Mae is a person who finds herself working for a tech company called The Circle in customer service. The company comes up with these really small cameras, in a project called SeeChange, to provide real time videos anywhere and everywhere. So much so that connected to the online community, you can track someone – anyone – at anytime anywhere because there is always a camera around and there are people who alert you to spotting that person you are looking for. The company has a very strong social media and even physical community with weekend parties and other events planned and although Mae is at first overwhelmed, she embraces the life and soon rises in popularity in the company.

Despite being warned by the man who created some of this tech, Mae soon finds herself taken in for special notice by the top brass – Eamon & Tom – and her family’s medical bills are taken care by her company insurance. After an incident in which she almost drowns Mae is encourages to announce at a company meeting to be the first employee to go completely transparent – which involves wearing a small camera and exposing her life to the world. She is always connected and people see what she sees and can see her – except for when she needs to go to the bathroom. Her friend Annie, the one who helped her get the job, disapproves. The Circle soon becomes more powerful as voting could be done via people’s Circle accounts and suggestions are made that every citizen have a mandatory Circle account and vote in the elections.

With all these political and power connotations, it’s a more personal matter than changes Mae’s mind about the company. When a friend, Mercer, is hounded by company employees for a misunderstanding, the cameras find him despite him doing his best to go off the grid. While evading the cameras and the people who try to find him, he has an accident and dies. This devastates Mae who goes home for a few days. With the help of Ty, one of the creators in the company, she announces a radical change in the company – at the next company wide meeting, inviting both Eamon and Tom to go fully transparent. She explains how Ty has found all their accounts, even the accounts that their wives were unaware of, and exposes them as no one should be exempt. Eamon and Tom, clearly upset, try to save face before Tom leaves the stage.

Mae reiterates her point of transparency being good, with the support of the audience. Mae goes kayaking again, untroubled by the drones that surround her. The film serves as a kind of warning as to where the information age could be heading and though they make a good attempt, it fails in execution when compared to the novel. I would give it a 6.5 outta 10!

Handwritten

When was the last time you received a handwritten letter?

A handwritten letter? Whaat? Using a pen (or a pencil if you are a small kid) and writing on a paper, getting hand cramps and then taking an envelope, folding the paper and sticking the letter into it, sealing the envelope and then finding the appropriate stamp to stick on the right hand corner and then going to a letter box or the post office and then putting it there so a postal worker can sort it out and then deliver it to the person you want to read it? Why waste all that time when you can just email them?

I guess it was sometime during the late 1999 or 2000. I don’t remember ever sending a handwritten letter since then. I  had a bunch of penpals that I got from a rock magazine in India as well as from chatting online. Internet connections were quite expensive back then, so I only went online for a few hours a week at an internet cafe and chatted a lot on IRC. I made a bunch of friends – none of whom lasted for more than a couple of years – and as I didn’t have internet at home, I exchanged letters. I usually got a few from the Phillippines, Malaysia, Canada, The US, this one chick in the Azores and one hot girl in Finland.

I exchanged letters with the latter two, more so with the Portuguese chick who became very demanding and that I make myself available online at certain times. Which was difficult as I had to make sure I was free and got to a cafe ontime. The Finn was cool and free with me and she sent me some very tasty photos along with her letters. I shall leave it at that.

Prompt from 30 DAYS OF SEPTEMBER WRITING PROMPTS from The SitsGirls

Clean Religious Jokes

A priest, a minister, and a rabbi want to see who’s best at his job. So they each go into the woods, find a bear, and attempt to convert it.

Later they get together. The priest begins: “When I found the bear, I read to him from the Catechism and sprinkled him with holy water. aurora loan Next week is his First Communion.”

“I found a bear by the stream,” says the minister, “and preached God’s holy word. The bear was so mesmerized that he let me baptize him.”

They both look down at the rabbi, who is lying on a gurney in a body cast. “Looking back,” he says, “maybe I shouldn’t have started with the circumcision.”

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An angel appears at a faculty meeting and tells the dean, “In return for your unselfish and exemplary behavior, the Lord will reward you with your choice of infinite wealth, wisdom, or beauty.”

“Give me infinite wisdom!” declares the dean, without hesitation.

“Done!” says the angel before disappearing in a cloud of smoke.

All heads now turn to the dean, who sits surrounded by a faint halo of light. “Well,” says a colleague, “say something brilliant.”

The dean stands and, with the poise of Socrates, opines, “I should have taken the money.”

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The pastor asks his flock, “What would you like people to say when you’re in your casket?”

One congregant says, “I’d like them to say I was a fine family man.”

Another says, “I’d like them to say I helped people.”

The third responds, “I’d like them to say, ‘Look! I think he’s moving!’ “

Back To The Grind

Well it’s always a bad time when you go back to work after a few days off. We had a 4 day long weekend and yesterday I went back to work for a 5:30 pm to 2:30 am shift. I now work for four days this week, till Friday, and then —- only two days off? What the hell!

I had to go the Vodafone store to try and get a replacement SIM for my mom’s phone but there was a huge section of people waiting their turn to try and get solutions for their problems and concerns that I knew that it might be a 2 hour wait for me. Not wanting to be too late for work, I left after 5:15 pm and went to work, had coffee with a couple of colleagues before engaging my current batch of trainees.

Not really happy with the current lot. A colleague of mine were watching them closely and not at all satisfied with their commitment to getting things finished. Anyways, I completed my work and showed them some examples of what they are to do and then setup what they could expect for today and then by 2:30 am I made my way back home and watched 3 episodes of Frasier before I to borrow money fell asleep.

RIP Tom Petty

Veteran U.S. rocker Tom Petty, whose vibrant guitar riffs, distinctly raw, nasal vocals and slick song lyrics graced such hits as “Refugee,” “Free Fallin’” and “American Girl,” has died following a heart attack. He was 66. Petty suffered cardiac arrest and was found unconscious at his home in Malibu early on Monday morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived, his long-time manager Tony Dimitriades said in a statement. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. local time (0340 GMT Tuesday) surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends. Bob Dylan called his death “shocking, crushing news” in a statement to Rolling Stone magazine.

Petty, best known for his roots-infused rock music, carved a career as a solo artist as well as with his band The Heartbreakers and as part of supergroup The Traveling Wilburys. Petty and The Heartbreakers embarked on a 40th anniversary tour of the United States this year and last played three dates in late September at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The band was scheduled to perform two dates in New York in November. Petty formed The Heartbreakers in the mid 1970s, but it wasn’t until the band’s third album “Damn the Torpedoes” in 1979 that their music really took off, with hits such as “Refugee” and “Don’t Do Me Like That.” He and the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, when they were described by organizers as “the quintessential American individualists”, capturing the voice of the American everyman.

“Music, as far as I have seen in the world so far, is the only real magic that I know,” Petty once said during an interview with CNN. “There is something really honest and clean and pure and it touches you in your heart.” Petty also co-founded the 1980s supergroup The Traveling Wilburys with Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Jeff Lynne, penning hits such as “End of the Line” and “She’s My Baby.” Petty dropped out of high school when he was 17 and joined Mudcrutch, a band with which he moved to Los Angeles in 1970. The band broke up and Petty drifted from band to band before joining back up with his bandmates from Mudcrutch in 1975. The group became Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in 1976, according to Allmusic.com.

The band, which recorded 16 albums, culled “the best parts of the British Invasion, American garage rock, and Dylanesque singer/songwriters to create a distinctively American hybrid that recalled the past without being indebted to it,” the site said. A 2015 biography of the singer, “Petty: The Biography,” revealed for the first time the rocker’s heroin addiction in the 1990s. Petty married Jane Benyo in 1974, and the two divorced in 1996. Benyo disclosed to Stevie Nicks that she met Petty at “the age of seventeen.” Nicks misheard Benyo, leading to Nicks’ song “Edge of Seventeen”. Petty and Benyo had two daughters; Adria is a director and AnnaKim is an artist.[64] Petty married Dana York Epperson on June 3, 2001, and he had a stepson, Dylan, from York’s earlier marriage.