Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are prepping multiple rarities and deep cuts for their two upcoming New York City and L.A. residencies next month. During the band's upcoming spring jaunt, they'll play five nights at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre along with six shows at L.A.'s Fonda Theatre. Tom Petty explained that the two residencies will force the Heartbreakers to spend some extra time in the rehearsal room, telling Rolling Stone, "I'm gonna have to do a lot more rehearsals than the six days we usually do. . . I don't want to do a 'Greatest Hits' night. We need to learn a lot of songs, some covers, (and) some of our old stuff. When you're together as long as we have been, there's a lot to keep up with. There's always something you've missed unless you've been there since the '70s. We can present these songs in a way that will feel fresh to people who know them and be a lot of fun if you've never heard them."
Petty went on to talk about how and why he tours these days: "I go when I feel like it. I don't go everywhere or take a project to promote. I just go. That's the way I intend to do it from here on out."
He shed some light on the current sessions for the band's upcoming album due out later this year, revealing, "I hear six (songs) that I'm sure about. It's very electric. . . The album is based in blues but more rock than (2010's) Mojo. It shows the band all grown up and looking good."
Tom Petty told us that he and the Heartbreakers have tried to take the high road in maintaining their creativity while become a heritage act: "Well, we've all got that hunger, and it doesn't go away, and you do kinda learn that there are graceful ways of dealing with it (laughs), y'know, of satisfying that hunger. And maybe, I think, you kind of see, too, that there are ways to step around some of the obvious pitfalls of longevity. I've seen people that have been around a long time, and they just fall into routine and self-parody, and that's just not where we want to wind up."
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tour dates (subject to change):
May 16 - Evansville, IN - Ford Center
May 17, 18, 19 - Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Music Festival (***Show Date TBA)
May 20, 21, 23, 25, 26 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
June 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda
June 15 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
June 16 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival at Bonnaroo Music Festival Grounds
June 18 - London, ON - Budweiser Gardens
June 20 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center
June 21-23 - Dover, DE - Firefly Music Festival (***Show Date TBA)
June 23 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 28 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest at Marcus Amphitheater
June 29 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
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