'Vampires' to march on Ventura Boulevard in honor of Tom Petty

(KGTV) - "All the vampires, walkin' through the valley, move west down Ventura Boulevard. And all the bad boys are standing in the shadows. And the good girls are home with broken hearts."

Next week, fans of Tom Petty plan to honor the iconic musician with a walk west down Ventura Blvd., just as the second verse of Petty's hit "Free Fallin'" reads.

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The event is being organized on Facebook as the "Tom Petty Memorial Vampire Walk" for Oct. 19, in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles. More than 300 have committed to meeting at Sherman Oaks Galleria to take the walk, with another 1,500 interested as of 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Organizer Mary Soracco said originally she was worried about possible permits once the event eclipsed 100 people. But after contacting Los Angeles Police, she said she was given the okay.

"The Sherman Oaks Galleria is a legitimate mall and built to accommodate many, with ample parking," Soracco said. "My biggest concern is crowd control, but I've got a team of volunteers signed on, and more willing to help us look out for people and traffic."

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Soracco said she's always felt connected to the song growing up in Northridge and the opportunity sparked in an of course-type of a moment.

"And as I fell in love with the music and aesthetic that falls under the "goth" umbrella, the second verse was a bit more fun and special to me," Soracco said. "I was talking with my friend Eric over at Tangent Recording and it was actually his spark of an idea.

"Everyone's pouring so much joy into this, I'm really moved."

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Petty died last week after suffering from a cardiac arrest. He was 66-years-old.

One of Petty's final concerts came at KAABOO Del Mar last month, where he and The Heartbreakers headlined the music festival's final day.

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