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Tom Petty says that the Rolling Stones served as his punk music while growing up, according to Rolling Stone. In an interview with CBC, he explained, “They were grittier (than the Beatles); it was rawer. They were playing blues in this really energetic kind of raw way, but it wasn't complicated. There wasn't a lot of beautiful harmony involved." Petty & The Heartbreakers have just released their first new album since 2009, called Hypnotic Eye.


Petty went on explain that he and his friends viewed Elvis Presley as “the American Dream,” and never felt they could ever come close to accomplishing what he had done. Petty said that it was the "Fab Four" landing in America that became the ultimate game changer for rock: “These people look like they're self-contained. They're making music that they wrote themselves and their music is all their own. They're playing it, they look like they're really good friends and they're having a lot of fun -- and I'll bet they're not worried about bread, either. Of course, they were so absolutely genius even in '64 that it seemed really hard to ever reach that kind of musicianship. . . But with the Stones, It was like, 'That can be done.'"

  • Tom Petty admitted that although he was never trying to ape the sound of the 1960’s when recording the early Heartbreakers albums, the band definitely played with a similar sensibility to their heroes: “I didn’t want it to be, like, a ‘60s thing; I wanted it to have that spirit of: ‘Let’s all write a real good song and find a good way to play it, and then we’ll get a guitar, bass and drums and do it,’ y’know?”

  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tour dates (subject to change):
    August 3 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
    August 5 - Boise, ID - Taco Bell Arena
    August 7 - Eugene, OR - Matthew Knight Center
    August 9 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park
    August 12 - Portland, OR - Moda Center Rose Garden
    August 14 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
    August 15 - George, WA - The Gorge
    August 17 - Edmonton, Alberta - Rexall Place
    August 19 - Calgary, Alberta - Scotiabank Saddledome
    August 21 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - MTS Centre
    August 23 - Chicago, IL - United Center
    August 24 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
    August 26 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre
    August 28 - Montreal, Quebec - Bell Centre
    August 30 - Boston, MA - Fenway Park
    August 31 - Portland, ME - Cross Insurance Arena
    September 6 - Arrington, Virginia - Lockn' Interlocking Music Festival at Oak Ridge Fram
    September 7 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
    September 10 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
    September 11 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
    September 13 - Hartford, CT - XL Center
    September 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
    September 16 - Allentown, PA - PPL Center
    September 18 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
    September 20 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheater
    September 21 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum
    September 23 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
    September 25 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
    September 26 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
    September 28 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
    September 30 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
    October 1 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
    October 7 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
    October 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum

CHECK IT OUT: Tom Petty & Mudcrutch’s 1975 cover of Solomon Burke’s “Cry To Me” based on The Rolling Stones’ 1965 version:

Tom Petty On '60s Vibe Music

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