Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers will be touring extensively next year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band's debut album.
The trek kick off April 20 in Oklahoma City and so far has dates announced through July 27-28 at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, N.Y.; Additional shows, including a West Coast run, are expected to be announced soon.
Tickets go on sale December 16 to the general public, with a pre-sale for the group's Highway Companions Club starting on December 14.
Guitarist Mike Campbell tells us that the Hearbreakers' down-to-earth personalities have allowed the group to endure for the past four decades:
"I think we're really lucky that we don't have any warped egos about it. We tend to be forgiving and understanding about stuff like that 'cause everybody wants to have their artistic creativity to do what they want to do. Any of us can do records if we want to...Anybody could be in the band. Tom is just more prolific and he's the singer and this and that."
The tour announcement comes in conjunction with Friday's (December 9) release of a pair of career-spanning vinyl box sets -- The Complete Studio Albums Volume 1 (1976-1991) and Volume 2 (1994-2014).
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – 2017 Tour Dates
APRIL 20 - CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CENTER - OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
APRIL 22 - AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA - DALLAS, TX
APRIL 23 - VERIZON WIRELESS ARENA - LITTLE ROCK, AR
APRIL 25 - BRIDGESTONE ARENA - NASHVILLE, TN
APRIL 27 - PHILIPS ARENA - ATLANTA, GA
APRIL 29 - CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL PAVILION - HOUSTON, TX
MAY 2 - FRANK ERWIN CENTER - AUSTIN, TX
MAY 5 - PERFECT VODKA AMPHITHEATRE - WEST PALM BEACH, FL
MAY 6 - AMALIE ARENA - TAMPA, FL
MAY 8 - FEDEX FORUM - MEMPHIS, TN
MAY 12 - SCOTTRADE CENTER - ST. LOUIS, MO
MAY 13 - KLIPSCH MUSIC CENTER - INDIANAPOLIS, IN
MAY 29 - RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE - MORRISON, CO
MAY 30 - RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE - MORRISON, CO
JUNE 2 - SPRINT CENTER - KANSAS CITY, MO
JUNE 3 - XCEL ENERGY CENTER - ST. PAUL, MN
JUNE 5 - WELLS FARGO ARENA - DES MOINES, IA
JUNE 7 - SCHOTTENSTEIN CENTER - COLUMBUS, OH
JUNE 9 - PPG PAINTS ARENA - PITTSBURGH, PA
JUNE 10 - QUICKEN LOANS ARENA - CLEVELAND, OH
JUNE 12 - US BANK ARENA - CINCINNATI, OH
JUNE 14 - XFINITY THEATRE - HARTFORD, CT
JUNE 16 - PRUDENTIAL CENTER - NEWARK, NJ
JUNE 17 - MOUNTAIN JAM FESTIVAL - HUNTER MOUNTAIN, NY
JUNE 29 - WRIGLEY FIELD - CHICAGO, IL
JULY 1 - WELLS FARGO ARENA - PHILADELPHIA, PA
JULY 2 - CMAC PERFORMING ARTS CENTER - CANANDAIGUA, NY
JULY 5 - MARCUS AMPHITHEATER- SUMMERFEST - MILWAUKEE, WI
JULY 6 - MARCUS AMPHITHEATER – SUMMERFEST - MILWAUKEE, WI
JULY 18 - DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATRE - CLARKSTON, MI
JULY 20 - TD GARDEN - BOSTON, MA
JULY 23 - ROYAL FARMS ARENA - BALTIMORE, MD
JULY 26 - FOREST HILLS STADIUM - QUEENS, NY
JULY 27 - FOREST HILLS STADIUM - QUEENS, NY
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.