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Tom Petty says that he’s particularly thrilled in the sounds he’s getting out of the Heartbreakers these days. Petty and the group have just scored their first Number One album, with the new Hypnotic Eye collection, and he spoke about the new set to NPR, explaining, "In Hypnotic Eye, one of the things that I was most pleased with, and that I really wanted to make happen, was what we didn't play -- the amount of space in the arrangements. The more air in the arrangement, the bigger the track sounds to me. We didn't try to create walls of sound on this one; it was more like sonic textures. . . I like to create lots of different guitar sounds, and I'm fascinated with how sounds go together. When you get something that works in a particular way, it's kind of like mixing two colors together and getting a new one."


When asked if he still gets a rise out of performing, or after all the years on the road, it's become a fact of life, he said, "No, I get a thrill. My adrenaline gets so high from a concert that after it, I usually just pace until sunrise. I can't come down from it. . . you kind of spend the whole day gearing up for it, and the night getting over it. You just want to be as wonderful as everyone thinks you are, and you know you're not. So something takes place where you reach down and pull from so deep inside your soul that this music happens, and you all reach the place you wanted to reach together, you and the audience. Getting over that takes all night."

  • 38 years after first forming, Tom Petty feels that the Heartbreakers have beaten the odds by not only surviving as a unit -- but actually improving over the decades: "I think that right now it's actually better than I ever counted on it being. It's great to be improving this many years along the line with the band. Usually when a band's been around this long, it's just sort of paying lip service to itself. I think our music is actually improving. It's getting easier to do. It's not nearly the chore it's been. Those are nice things to have happen."

  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tour dates (subject to change):
    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


  • Tom Petty is featured on Eric Clapton's JJ Cale tribute album -- also out today (July 29th) -- called, Eric Clapton & Friends The Breeze, An Appreciation Of JJ Cale. In addition to performances by such notables as Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, Derek Trucks, John Mayer, among others, Petty has teamed up with Eric Clapton for two tracks -- “Rock And Roll Records” and “I Got The Same Old Blues,” as well as recording Cale’s “The Old Man And Me” on his own.

CHECK IT OUT: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ “Fault Lines” from 2014's Hypnotic Eye:

Tom Petty on the Heartbreakers

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