April 23, 2006

Tom Petty Aging Crises

Tom Petty's vanity issues have always intrigued me more than his music has. He's never been what you would call good looking, but he has usually looked like a rock star, and that's the most important part.

He began his careering aping the Dwight Twilley look (above). That's an awesome aspiration, but far greater looking men have tried and failed to scale those heights. Still, Petty's hair was always very important to him and his image. In the early days, a reporter revealed that several times an hour Tom whipped a comb out of his back pocket.

So, as Mr. Petty's hair began to go, he played out the panic in various public ways. He does look good in hats; he should stick with that.

Over these many decades, as his hair reduced his looks grew scraggily and scarier (above). But that's cool because he's a good 'ole trailer gator Florida boy, and aging into haggard gravitas like his idol Dylan is a worthy aspiration.

But sometime last year, his mental odometer flipped over to mid-life crises, and his vanity issues go well beyond the hair. Something tells me the younger bride pictured in many of his public appearance photos has something to do with it... Think Heather re-working Paul McCartney's look, and hear that train of thought whistle past.

So, last season he trotted out as many new looks as Ashlee Simpson...

This season, he trots out a whole new face!!
Ew.
Yes, he's done something to the hair, too. Understandable, and it looks OK.
But Tom Petty with Botox and cheek implants?!
You're Tom Frickin' Petty, not Kenny Rogers! What's with the face warp?

The thought of Tom Petty Plastic is too hilarious and too absurd to contemplate.
He reads like a sub par mash-up of Nick Gilder & Iggy Pop...
Perfuming the pig...
Gilding the septic tank...
Somewhere, somehow some plastic surgeon must have kicked you around some.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I had noticed the hair change...

...which you would expect (son of a wig-spotting barber).

Is the face stuff really plastic work or just the result of him getting his teeth worked on?

-joe

kathy said...

Hi Toby. Darren sent me the link to your site, and I'm loving it.

I honestly thought the Plastic Petty was a just a clever photoshop creation. It looked too unreal.

(And that hair looks a little Keith Partridge.)

www.tobyweiss.com said...

Even though his teeth are a MAJOR issue, it doesn't appear that he's had that corrected...yet. I'm sure the new young wife is working on that.

The top half of his face is completely immobile. His cheeks look puffy. Hence the Botox and cheek implant observation.
And then there's the hair... Either a wig or plugs. Either way, left to his OWN devices, it wouldn't have happened. But in the hands of a new, young wife wanting to "update his iamge"? Yeah.
Poor Petty...

Emmett said...

Well, when you call yourself a Heartbreaker, the pressure is on to always look good.
Pretty soon they'll be have to change their name to the Heartmonitors.

Anonymous said...

I saw Tom Petty at a restaurant in LA earlier this month. He looks amazing - authentic, very handsome, and beautifully unique. My table was facing him, so I stared and stared (and he busted me a few times). You are wrong -- I'm quite sure he has not had plastic surgery. If he has, it has not made him look unnatural. Perhaps what you are seeing in those photos is just a funky angle, lighting, or a jealousy-fueled imagination playing tricks on you. Leave him alone; he's no sell out.

Mich said...

Cheek implants? Not at all! Take a half second to look at the photo at the top, when Tom was in his 20's or 30's. Notice the enormous cheek bones??? Yes, folks, the man was bone with them. Being thin makes 'em more noticable too.

Marie said...

All - all - all - A-L-L, I see is a different hair style.

His father is 1/2 Cherokee (his grandmother was full blooded Cherokee), so he get's those cheekbones honestly. He's had 'em his whole career too!

Go get your eyes checked!!!

Anonymous said...

Hard to know what to make of Petty's hair. Has had a receding hairline since the early 80s, but also plenty of it to let fall forward ..

More troubling than this is the distinct resemblance to Nancy Kulp in those '06 shots.

Cynthia Baker said...

Just saw Tom Petty on the tonight. I swear I didn't recognize him. I think to much surgery