Last year, we lost an absolute titan of rock music. We’ll never be able to supplant the great Tom Petty, but tonight, the Grammys have honored him in the best possible lane: The honors show just projected a hologram of Tom Petty’s corpse on stage as part of a moving tribute segment to the late singer.
Wow. There is actually no better route to say goodbye to Tom Petty than recognizing his slack, lifeless torso right in the middle of the stage.
You could hardly find a dry eye in the crowd when Petty’s glowing silhouette seemed and remained altogether motionless while Dave Grohl played a beautiful rendition of “Free Fallin’.” Although Grohl’s music received a standing ovation, the real applause has to go to the Grammys for recreating Tom Petty’s corpse with such accuracy. Every detail of Tom Petty’s remains, from his closed eyes to his ashen skin, were simulated with perfect accuracy. It really felt like Tom Petty’s dead body was still with us, instead of being buried in a cemetery.
The Grammys’ tribute to the late, great Traveling Wilbury got even more emotional as the desiccating corpse when Dave Grohl exited the stage, leaving the beautifully rendered remains of Tom Petty to slouch there for a wholly silent eight minutes. The only noise that could be heard in the awe-struck chamber was the music of amazingly lifelike, digitally composited flies buzzing all over the hologram of the deceased rocker, periodically crawling into his slack-jawked mouth.
Man, this is proof that the Grammys know how to truly honor one of their own.
Although the Tom Petty hologram was simply created for this stunning Grammys tribute, it remains to be seen if the organisers will take it on a nationwide realm tour, so fans can feel like they find themselves front row to the real Tom Petty corpse. Until then, we must say bravo, Grammys, for a tribute to Tom Petty that we’ll never forget!