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 highest possible behavior: The accolades 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 simply no better way to say goodbye to Tom Petty than considering 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 showed and remained entirely 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 fidelity. Every detail of Tom Petty’s remains, from his closed eyes to his ashen skin, were simulated with perfect accuracy. It genuinely 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 altogether silent eight minutes. The only noise that could be heard in the awe-struck room was the voice of amazingly lifelike, digitally composited flies buzzing all over the hologram of the deceased rocker, sporadically 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 merely created for this stunning Grammys tribute, it remains to be seen if the organisers will take it on a nationwide realm tour, so devotees 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!