Petty is one of those where I like some of his stuff.
My kid didnt think much of him till he saw him play at one of the Bonaroo concerts he went to. Said he was great there. some bands just are night and day better live KISS is like that too. the album versions of most of their songs suck but they (the original members) put on a spectacular show.
I've always felt that way about the Stones too. I like some of there stuff. But by and large they are just "meh" to me, and every time I look at Mick Jagger I want to sew his lips shut like you see on a shrunken head