Friday, December 9, 2016

Tom Petty announces 40th anniversary tour

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have announced the first series of dates for a 40th anniversary tour.

The first run of shows marking the 1976 release of the band’s self-titled debut begins April 20 in Oklahoma City, OK with concerts scheduled into late July, and more dates to be announced soon.

Joe Walsh will open several of the early shows, with country star Chris Stapleton on board for a Wrigley Field event in Chicago, IL on June 29 and a pair of gigs at Milwaukee, WI’s annual Summerfest in July.

Petty revealed the news during a guest appearance on The Tonight Show via satellite on Thursday, telling host Jimmy Fallon, “I’m really excited, should be a lot of fun.”

Pre-sale tickets for members of the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Highway Companions Club begin December 14 at 10 AM local time, with the majority of dates on general public sale December 16 at 10 AM local time.

The tour news was delivered in sync with the release of two companion vinyl box sets featuring the group’s entire studio album catalogue alongside three solo records by Petty.

Issued on December 9, “The Complete Studio Albums Volume 1 (1976-1991)” presents Petty’s first nine records – from the 1976 debut to 1991’s “Into The Great Wide Open.” The set features the singer’s solo debut, 1989’s "Full Moon Fever."

The November 25 release of “The Complete Studio Albums Volume 2 (1994-2014)” delivered Petty’s solo efforts “Wildflowers” (1994) and “Highway Companion” (2006) alongside all band releases through to their most recent album, 2014’s “Hypnotic Eye.”

Many of these albums have been out of print on vinyl for years and most albums have been remastered on 180-gram vinyl for this limited-edition release.

With worldwide album sales of more than 80 million copies, Petty has charted albums in the Top 5 on the US Billboard Top 200 chart in each of his five decades as a recording artist.

Petty And The Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 in their first year of eligibility.

The rocker will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year at an event in Los Angeles, CA on February 10.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
40th anniversary tour 2017

Apr 20 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Center*
Apr 22 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Arena*
Apr 23 - Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Wireless Arena*
Apr 25 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgesone Arena*
Apr 27 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena*
Apr 29 - Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
May 02 - Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center*
May 05 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre*
May 06 - Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena*
May 08 - Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
May 10 - Champaign, IL @ State Farm Center
May 12 - St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center*
May 13 - Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center*
May 29 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
May 30 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Jun 02 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center*
Jun 03 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center*
Jun 05 - Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena*
Jun 07 - Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center*
Jun 09 - Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena*
Jun 10 - Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
Jun 12 - Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena*
Jun 14 - Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre*
Jun 16 - Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center*
Jun 17 - Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival
Jun 29 - Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field**
Jul 01 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Arena
Jul 02 - Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC Performing Arts Center
Jul 05 - Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Marcus Amphitheater - Summerfest**
Jul 06 - Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Marcus Amphitheater - Summerfest**
Jul 15 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Jul 18 - Clarkson, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul 20 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Jul 23 - Washington, D.C. @ Verizon Center
Jul 26 - Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
Jul 27 - Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium

* With Joe Walsh
** With Chris Stapleton

See also:

Tom Petty to release 40th anniversary vinyl box sets
Tom Petty scores first US No. 1 with Hypnotic Eye
VIDEO: Tom Petty launches Hypnotic Eye tour in San Diego
VIDEO: Tom Petty performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Search Tom Petty at hennemusic