By Brian Ives

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have announced their first new album since 2010’s MojoHypnotic Eye will be out July 29. The album is said to be a return to the straight ahead ’60s rock and roll of his first two albums, 1976’s self-titled debut and 1978’s You’re Gonna Get It. Earlier this year, Petty told Rolling Stone that he’d written a batch of songs that he’d put aside after deciding that they were a bit too close to the “blues bag” of Mojo.

When Radio.com asked longtime Heartbreaker keyboardist Benmont Tench for his take on the album, he said, “I don’t really have a take on how it sounds. It sounds like the Heartbreakers to me. People associate [us] with different sounds that come from different periods, but it’s a very versatile  band. And if you catch us in a room when we’re just messing around, or if you hear the songs that sometimes don’t make it to records, they encompass a really broad spectrum. And it’s a broad spectrum of things that he’s written, and that he and [guitarist] Mike [Campbell] have co-written for this record.”

Related: Interview: Benmont Tench Talks Solo Album, Dylan, ‘Free Fallin’ and ‘Wildflowers’

Watch the video below for  a preview of the album.

This is a big year for fans of the Heartbreakers: a few months ago, Tench released his solo debut, You Should Be So Lucky which featured a Petty cameo on bass. Later this year will the a deluxe reissue of Petty’s classic 1994 solo album Wildflowers (which Tench says is actually a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album; for more on that point, click the link above for our interview with him). Finally, the band has just announced a summer tour kicking off August 3 in San Diego (Steve Winwood will open the tour). Tickets go on sale on May 31, and every ticket will include a copy of the new album, according to the press release announcing the album and tour. But fans who pre-order the album on iTunes and Amazon beginning June 3 will get an instant download of the first of several album tracks to be revealed prior to the release date.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 2014 North American Tour Dates 

8/03 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
8/05 – Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
8/07 – Eugene, OR @ Matthew Knight Center
8/09 – San Francisco, CA Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
8/12 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
8/14 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
8/15 – George, WA @ The Gorge
8/17 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
8/19 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
8/21 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
8/23 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
8/26 – Toronto, ONT @ Air Canada Centre
8/28 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
8/30 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
9/06 – Arrington, VA @ Lockn’ Festival
9/07 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake PAC
9/10 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
9/13 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center
9/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Arena
9/18 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
9/20 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheater
9/21 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum
9/23 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
9/25 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
9/26 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
9/28 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
9/30 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
10/01 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
10/07 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
10/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

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