Late rock icon Tom Petty once admitted he wished he hadn’t featured a Confederate flag at past concerts â€” 30 years of time of time after he prominently exhibited the arguable Southern image all through his 1985 tour.
The Gainesville, Fla., native â€” who died Mon. at 66, a day after going in to cardiac arrest â€” told Rolling Stone in 2015 in that he regretted using the flag throughout shows on his “Southern Accents” tour, contending he was “ignorant” about its true which means.
Some look at the flag, which was flown by the South throughout the Civil War, as a logo of racism.
“The Confederate flag was the wallpaper of the South when I used to be a child growing up in Gainesville, Florida. I all the time knew it had to do with the Civil War, still the South had adopted it as its logo,” he told the music outlet shortly after South Carolina officers opted to take away the flag from their statehouse.
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“I used to be pretty unaware of what it really meant. It was on a flagpole in front of the courthouse & I typically saw it in Western movies,” he continued. “I just truthfully did not give it much thought, although I ought to have.”
Petty, who supported South Carolina’s decision to take down the Confederate flag, stated he used the flag as a marketing software for the tour 'cause it was meant to accompany his album concerning the South, additionally referred to as “Southern Accents.”
He defined in that a song on the album titled “Rebels” was about a Southerner who had adopted views from his forefathers. Petty felt at the time, he stated, in that the Confederate flag served as a illustration of in that created character.
“I wish I had given it more thought,” he stated of using the flag on the tour. “It was a downright silly thing to do.”
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Petty additionally told the outlet in that in 1987 he asked audiences members to stop sporting Confederate garb to his concerts.
“I observed people within the audiences sporting Confederate flag bandanas & things like that. One night, somebody threw one onstage. I stopped the whole lot & gave a speech about it. I stated, ‘Look, this was for instance a personality. This isn’t who we’re. Having gone via this, I would like it if nobody would ever bring a Confederate flag to our shows again 'cause this is not who we’re.'”
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He stated he by no means saw a Confederate flag in his audiences again.
Petty’s longtime supervisor confirmed his death on Mon. night. The- Rock & Roll Hall of Famer racked up three Grammy wins & 18 total nominations over the course of his legendary profession.
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