Tom Petty Announces New Album, ‘Hypnotic Eye’ and Tour Dates

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 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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