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Petty earns ASCAP honors
It's been 40 years since Tom Petty first picked up a pen and began crafting some of the hits for which he became so well known. Tunes like "American Girl," "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and "I Need to Know" are just a few of the songs that earned the rocker the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Founders Award on April 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
In collecting The Founders Award, Petty joined past recipients such as Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young and more. He also talked at length about the writing process that keeps him at the top of his game. He told the Associated Press that he simply sits and plays, recording pieces here and there. The next day, he listens to what he did and decides to either keep it or scrap it. The method all this time has been simple, yet effective.
Petty and his band just finished their latest album, "Hypnotic Eye," set for release sometime this summer. It is the first studio album from Petty since 2010's "Mojo," and been in the works for the better part of three years. According to an interview he did with Hitfix, in which he joked "the idea was to get an entire album of good songs…what a thing, you know," he revealed fans can expect at least 11 new tracks when the album finally bows.
Petty and the Heartbeakers will headline the Lockn' Music Festival, which runs from September 4th through the 7th. It's one of just two dates on his summer schedule, with the other coming August 9th at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco.
Petty still Free Fallin' onto a stage near you (Updated June 26, 2013)
It's the middle of June 2013 and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have just wrapped a series of 11 shows at the renowned Beacon Theater in New York and the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. Of course they've played their hits like "Free Fallin'" and "Don't Come Around Here No More." Right? Wrong. Instead, the group has been reinvigorated by building their shows around songs they've never released, let alone performed for a crowd. And at this stage of the game, the stuff they haven't done is what's putting them back in the headlines.
Of course you know Tom Petty, he of the late 70's punk/new wave movement, and whose music became synonymous with the word "hybrid. And The Heartbreakers fit the mold to back Petty's songwriting and rootsy sound, taking him straight into the era of the MTV videos and America's embrace of classic rock & roll that sustained his popularity into the '90s.
There are a lot of hits from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers you adore, but what about the ones you don't? These days, not much is said about the breakthrough release "Damn the Torpedoes," which spawned the Top Ten hit "Don't Do Me Like That" and the number 15 "Refugee." The follow-up album, "Hard Promises," sparked a dispute between Petty and then-label MCA, which wanted to release the project for $1 more than the number Petty had in mind. The list price came out with the lower sticker, and "Hard Promises" became a Top Ten hit, going platinum and producing the hit single "The Waiting."
We could go on about Petty's accomplishments, including that he spent time on tour with Bob Dylan and was a founding member of the 80s supergroup Traveling Wilburys (featuring Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbinson and Jeff Lynne). We could tell you how, when combined with his collaborators, he's sold some 60 million albums (including his latest, "Mojo," in 2010), and that he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and holds a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Petty's biggest accomplishment, though, is that his music still remains relevant today and that fans still pack venues around the world to see him. And that doesn't look like it's going to change any time soon.
About Tom Petty
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were formed in 1976 and have been one of America's most successful bands throughout the decades. The original members are Tom Petty, Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench who, through many line-up changes, have remained members of the band since its formation. They are best known for their hits "American Girl" and "Learning to Fly." For as long as they continue to tour, you will be able to find Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tickets here at SeatGeek.
Tom Petty Discography
|Album name||Release date|
|Live on Air||2010|
|The Live Anthology||2009|
|Runnin' Down a Dream - Soundtrack||2007|
|Bad Girl Boogie||2003|
|Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers||2002|
|The Last DJ||2002|
|Anthology: Through the Years||2000|
|Songs and Music From the Motion Picture "She's the One"||1996|
|Playback Retail Sampler||1995|
|Something in the Air||1993|
|Mary Jane's Last Dance||1993|
|Too Good to Be True||1992|
|Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)||1991|
|Running Down a Dream||1991|
|Learning to Fly||1991|
|Into the Great Wide Open||1991|
|Damn the Torpedoes||1990|
|Pack Up the Plantation: Live!||1986|
|Long After Dark||1982|
|Don't Do Me Like That||1980|
|Here Comes My Girl||1979|
|(She’s Gonna) Listen to Her Heart (It’s Gonna Tell Her What to Do)||1978|
|You’re Gonna Get It!||1978|
|Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll||1977|
|Official Live 'Leg||1977|
Top 10 Tom Petty Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|2||Learning To Fly||58,388||24,836|
|3||Mary Jane's Last Dance||39,560||17,590|
|6||Don't Do Me Like That||22,589||11,622|
|7||Into The Great Wide Open||22,170||11,146|
|9||Don't Come Around Here No More||20,102||10,000|
|10||Here Comes My Girl||18,548||9,645|
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Tour Dates and Tickets
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will hit the road for another world tour in 2012, with some US dates already announced in April and early May before they embark on a European tour in June that begins in Ireland. Jump to: Tom Petty Tour Dates 2012 Tom Petty Tickets 2012 Hitting the road like clockwork…Read more
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Tom Petty Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 10/11/2014 Inglewood CA The Forum 10/10/2014 Inglewood CA The Forum 10/07/2014 Anaheim CA Honda Center 10/05/2014 San Jose CA SAP Center 10/03/2014 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 10/01/2014 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 09/30/2014 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 09/28/2014 Tulsa OK BOK Center 09/26/2014 Dallas TX American Airlines Center 09/25/2014 Houston TX Toyota Center 09/23/2014 Nashville TN Bridgestone Arena 09/21/2014 Tampa FL Amalie Arena 09/20/2014 West Palm Beach FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre 09/18/2014 Raleigh NC PNC Arena 09/16/2014 Allentown PA PPL Center 09/15/2014 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 09/13/2014 Hartford CT XL Center 09/11/2014 Holmdel NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 09/10/2014 New York NY Madison Square Garden 09/07/2014 Darien Center NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 09/04/2014 Arrington VA Oak Ridge Farm 09/04/2014 Arrington VA Oak Ridge Estates 08/31/2014 Portland ME Cross Insurance Arena 08/30/2014 Boston MA Fenway Park 08/28/2014 Montreal QC Bell Centre 08/26/2014 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 08/24/2014 Clarkston MI DTE Energy Music Theatre 08/23/2014 Chicago IL United Center 08/21/2014 Winnipeg MB MTS Centre 08/19/2014 Calgary AB Scotiabank Saddledome 08/17/2014 Edmonton AB Rexall Place 08/15/2014 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 08/14/2014 Vancouver BC Rogers Arena 08/12/2014 Portland OR Moda Center at the Rose Quarter 08/09/2014 San Francisco CA Golden Gate Park 08/09/2014 San Francisco CA Golden Gate Park 08/08/2014 San Francisco CA Golden Gate Park 08/07/2014 Eugene OR Matthew Knight Arena 08/05/2014 Boise ID Taco Bell Arena 08/03/2014 San Diego CA Viejas Arena
Tom Petty Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 08/17/2013 Nashville TN Mercy Lounge 06/29/2013 Minneapolis MN Target Center 06/28/2013 Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 06/23/2013 Saratoga Springs NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center 06/22/2013 Dover DE Dover International Speedway 06/21/2013 Dover DE Dover International Speedway 06/20/2013 Pittsburgh PA Consol Energy Center 06/18/2013 London ON Budweiser Gardens 06/15/2013 Noblesville IN Klipsch Music Center 06/15/2013 Manchester TN Manchester Farm 06/13/2013 Manchester TN Manchester Farm 06/11/2013 Los Angeles CA Fonda Theatre 06/09/2013 Los Angeles CA Fonda Theatre 06/08/2013 Los Angeles CA Fonda Theatre 06/06/2013 Los Angeles CA Fonda Theatre 06/04/2013 Los Angeles CA Fonda Theatre 06/03/2013 Los Angeles CA Fonda Theatre 05/26/2013 New York NY Beacon Theatre 05/25/2013 New York NY Beacon Theatre 05/23/2013 New York NY Beacon Theatre 05/21/2013 New York NY Beacon Theatre 05/20/2013 New York NY Beacon Theatre 05/18/2013 Gulf Shores AL Hangout Music Festival 05/17/2013 Gulf Shores AL Gulf Shores Beach 05/16/2013 Evansville IN Ford Center 05/10/2013 Dallas TX Meyerson Symphony Center
Tom Petty Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 10/20/2012 Denver CO Grizzly Rock 06/30/2012 Mannheim BW SAP Arena 06/27/2012 Paris ?? Le Grand Rex 06/25/2012 Cologne NW Lanxess Arena 06/24/2012 Amsterdam Nhl Heineken Music Hall 06/14/2012 Stockholm AB Ericsson Globe 06/12/2012 Horsens 060 Faengslet - State Prison Open Air 06/03/2012 St. John's NL Mile One Centre 06/02/2012 St. John's NL Mile One Centre 05/31/2012 Halifax NS Scotiabank Centre 05/05/2012 Austin TX Frank Erwin Center 05/03/2012 Orlando FL Amway Center 05/01/2012 Estero FL Germain Arena 04/29/2012 Alpharetta GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park 04/26/2012 Wichita KS INTRUST Bank Arena 04/24/2012 Albuquerque NM Tingley Coliseum 04/21/2012 North Little Rock AR Verizon Arena 04/19/2012 Broomfield CO 1St Bank Center 04/18/2012 Broomfield CO 1St Bank Center
Tom Petty Tour Dates 2010
date city state venue 10/28/2010 New York NY Bowery Ballroom 10/02/2010 Irvine CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - CA 10/01/2010 Los Angeles CA Hollywood Bowl 09/28/2010 Chula Vista CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre 09/26/2010 Phoenix AZ US Airways Center 09/24/2010 The Woodlands TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 09/23/2010 Tulsa OK BOK Center 09/21/2010 Dallas TX Gexa Energy Pavilion 09/21/2010 Dallas TX Gexa Energy Pavilion 09/19/2010 Charlotte NC PNC Music Pavilion 09/19/2010 Charlotte NC PNC Music Pavilion 09/18/2010 Raleigh NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek 09/16/2010 Tampa FL Amalie Arena 08/28/2010 Darien Center NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 08/27/2010 Saratoga Springs NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center 08/25/2010 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 08/24/2010 East Rutherford NJ Izod Center 08/21/2010 Mansfield MA Xfinity Center 08/19/2010 Mansfield MA Xfinity Center 08/17/2010 Hartford CT Comcast Theatre 08/15/2010 Bristow VA Jiffy Lube Live 08/14/2010 Darien Center NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 08/12/2010 Nashville TN Sommet Center 08/11/2010 Atlanta GA Philips Arena 08/01/2010 Philadelphia PA First Union Spectrum 07/31/2010 Philadelphia PA First Union Spectrum 07/28/2010 New York NY Madison Square Garden 07/24/2010 Burgettstown PA First Niagara Pavilion 07/22/2010 Auburn Hills MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 07/20/2010 Cuyahoga Falls OH Blossom Music Center 07/18/2010 Maryland Heights MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 07/17/2010 Chicago IL United Center 07/15/2010 Cincinnati OH Riverbend Music Center 07/13/2010 Kansas City MO Sprint Center 07/10/2010 Noblesville IN Klipsch Music Center 06/26/2010 Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 06/25/2010 Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 06/23/2010 Omaha NE CenturyLink Center Omaha 06/22/2010 Saint Paul MN Xcel Energy Center 06/19/2010 Winnipeg MB MTS Centre 06/18/2010 Saskatoon SK SaskTel Centre 06/16/2010 Edmonton AB Rexall Place 06/15/2010 Calgary AB Scotiabank Saddledome 06/12/2010 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 06/11/2010 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 06/08/2010 Vancouver BC General Motors Place (Canada Hockey Place) 06/05/2010 Oakland CA Oracle Arena 06/03/2010 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 06/01/2010 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 05/12/2010 Louisville KY Freedom Hall