Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers made their fans happy twice over this morning with the announcement of a new album and a slew of North American tour dates taking place in late summer. The album, Hypnotic Eye, due out on Reprise Records July 29, is Petty's 16th studio album and his first in four years. However, as part of a bonus offer, copies of the record will also be included in the ticket price for the 30-date tour, which features fellow rock legend Steve Winwood as opener and will pass through the Dallas area on September 26 at American Airlines Center.
Petty has long had a prickly relationship with the record industry, having railed against raising sticker prices for his records all the way back in the early '80s and more recently written a whole album about it, 2002's The Last DJ. So it's not too surprising to see him go all-out deluxe on this release: besides the concert offer, Hypnotic Eye will be available on CD, digital, vinyl (1- and 2-LP versions), and even Blu-ray formats. Yikes.
Of course what's of interest to all but the most diehard fans at this stage is likely hearing Petty's hits from days of yore, i.e. seeing him in concert. Tickets for the American Airlines Center stop go on sale to the general public Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m. Presale offers for "Highway Companian Club Legacy" members begin Monday, June 2. More info is available at tompetty.com.
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Petty being Petty, that great MTV star of the '80s, he made today's announcement in video form. It even hearkens back to the classic "You Got Lucky" video from 1982:
And here is the full tour schedule for Petty and the Heartbreakers:
Aug 03 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena Aug 05 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena Aug 07 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Center Aug 09 San Francisco, CA Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival Aug 12 Portland, OR Moda Center Aug 14 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena Aug 15 George, WA The Gorge Aug 17 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place Aug 19 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome Aug 21 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre Aug 23 Chicago, IL United Center Aug 26 Toronto, ONT Air Canada Centre Aug 28 Montreal, QC Bell Centre Aug 30 Boston, MA Fenway Park Sep 06 Arrington, VA Lockn' Festival Sep 07 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake PAC Sep 10 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Sep 13 Hartford, CT XL Center Sep 15 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Arena Sep 18 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena Sep 20 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater Sep 21 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum Sep 23 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena Sep 25 Houston, TX Toyota Center Sep 26 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center Sep 28 Tulsa, OK BOK Center Sep 30 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center Oct 01 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena Oct 07 Anaheim, CA Honda Center Oct 10 Los Angeles, CA The Forum