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August 7th, 2010

Tom Petty on the Heartbreakers “Mojo” Tour

tom petty mojo Thru October 2, 2010

Tickets: $35 – $200

Openers: ZZ Top, CSN (Crosby, Stills & Nash), My Morning Jacket, Drive-By Truckers

“We’re hot right now,” says Petty. “It’s coming easy – no struggle. If I didn’t have a tour, I’d probably just stay in the studio.” But since Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers do have their usual  massive laps through arenas and more, they’re set on playing plenty of songs from their blazing new live studio album, Mojo. “I think we take it to the road and it will take on its own life,” says Petty. The tour will focus on mainly the new songs from Mojo but classic hits will also be featured. According to guitarist Mike Campbell it can be tricky balancing the new with the old. “The problem we have every year, and I guess we’ll have it worse this year, is trying to get enough songs in the set that people want to hear – but also play the new stuff,” says Campbell.

One of the songs, Don’t Pull Me Over, is about legalizing pot. Petty’s viewpoint on that is, “We could solve a lot of problems with the tax money, and the medical benefits are well proven. Pretending that America isn’t using marijuana is ridiculous, so I’m glad I got that statement in. The said, the pot store doesn’t look right to me. Why wouldn’t it be sold at a pharmacy like any other prescription?”

Another song on the new album, titled Running Man’s Bible, is a tribute to bassist Howie Epstein who died in 2003 from a suspected heroine overdose. Petty says, “I’d always wanted to deal with Howie’s death, and there’s some of that in there. It’s one of those embarrassingly revealing songs. It just crept into my mind one day. I was playing the guitar and it started falling out and I wrote it down as quick as I could.” The song is about the band sticking together for 35 years. “We respect the band as more important than our individual problems, and we’re getting along ridiculously well. It’s disgusting to see old men so happy.”

 

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS 2010 MOJO TOUR DATES

Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena, August 11 w/CSN

Boston, MA – Comcast Center, August 19 & 21, w/My Morning Jacket

Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, September 19,w/ZZ Top

Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center, August 31, w/Drive-By Truckers

Dallas, TX – Superpages.com Center, September 21, w/ZZ Top

Darien Lake, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, August 14 & 28, w/CSN

East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center, August 24, w/My Morning Jacket

Hartford, CT – Comcast Theatre, August 17, w/CSN

Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, September 24, w/ZZ Top

Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, October 2, w/ZZ Top

Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl, October 1, w/ZZ Top

Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena, August 12, w/CSN

Phoenix, AZ – U.S. Airways, September 26, w/ZZ Top

Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek, September 18, w/ZZ Top

San Diego, CA – Cricket Pavilion, September 28, w/ZZ Top

Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center, August 27, w/CSN

Tampa, FL – St. Pete Times Forum, September 16, w/ZZ Top

Toronto, ON – Air Canada Center, August 25, w/CSN

Tulsa, OK – Box Center, September 23, w/ZZ Top

Washington DC – Jiffy Lube Live, August 15, w/CSN

 

For tickets and more info on Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers check out their website here.

 

[Quotes by Tom Petty from Rolling Stone; Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers]

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