Stevie Nicks honored the memory of friend, colleague and “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” songmate Tom Petty with a heartfelt reflection during her speech at Fleetwood Mac’s MusiCares Person of the Year induction ceremony.
Nicks, who has previously opened up about Petty’s passing, celebrated the rocker’s memory and expressed the pain she’s felt since he’s been away. Petty passed away on October 2, 2017 of what was eventually determined to be an accidental prescription pain medication overdose.
“The loss of Tom Petty has just about broken my heart,” People reports Nicks telling the crowd at Radio City Music Hall. “He was not only a good man to go down the river with, as Johnny Cash said, he was a great father and he was a great friend.”
She addressed Petty’s health and shared that she felt the platinum-certified singer-songwriter needed to step away from his tour for his own health.
“He should’ve canceled, and he should’ve just gone home and gone to the hospital. But not Tom. He was gonna go down that river. And so, God bless him, he finished his tour at the Hollywood Bowl. Three shows. And one week later he died — but he got down the river,” explained Nicks while choking up. “So Tom, I know you’re standing next to me cause you always have been for so many years.”
In 2017, Tom Petty was named MusiCares Person of the Year in honor of his creative accomplishments, artist advocacy and charitable work.