Judging by the reactions around the world, the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been a terrible loss for people of all walks of life.
As expected, many in Hollywood and the music industry have sent out tributes because Jobs had a big impact in both those worlds as well.
In a collection of reactions posted on Moviefone, George Lucas said, “The magic of Steve was that while others simply accepted the status quo, he saw the true potential of everything he touched and never compromised on that vision. He leaves behind an incredible family and a legacy that will continue to speak for years to come.”
And in a collection of reactions printed on Entertainment Weekly, Steven Spielberg called Jobs “the greatest inventor since Thomas Edison. He put the world at our fingertips.”
Pixar’s John Lasseter and Ed Catmuil weighed in by saying that Jobs “saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined… He will forever be a part of Pixar’s DNA.”
Meanwhile, team Abrams screenwriter Damon Lidnelof (Prometheus, Star Trek 2), said, “On behalf of every dreamer sitting in his or her garage who is crazy enough to try and change the world, you will be missed.”
A day after Nikki Finke predicted on Deadline there would probably be a big bidding war for the life story of Steve Jobs, Sony indeed swooped in, buying up the rights to the long awaited Jobs biography by Walter Issacson, which is due for release on October 24 and is currently #1 on Amazon.
Being that I read news of what goes on in the world of hard rock and metal, a number of rock stars also paid their respects to Jobs as well, as compiled on Guitar World and Blabbermouth. Tommy Lee called him, “Mr. Incredible,” and Dee Snider of Twisted Sister wrote, “You rocked our world…and you never played a note.”
Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach said, “Thanks for allowing me to put my whole CD collection in my pocket.”
Similarly, L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns said, “Thank you for so much cool stuff that keeps me from getting bored on long trips that are virus-free. Even my almost-3-year-old can operate an iPod and iPad.”
In the non-metal world, Trent Reznor wrote, “Thanks for the tools, the inspiration, the possibilities… Miss you already Steve.” Guitar wizard Joe Satriani also put it nicely when he stated, “I bet you’re busy right now revolutionizing and redesigning the afterlife for all of us to enjoy when our time comes.”
I also love what Bono said, which I think sums it up well: “We will all miss the hardware software Elvis.”